Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday at Equator Coffee at the entrance to Fort Mason!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, April 10 at Equator Coffee at the entrance to Fort Mason, on the north waterfront across the street from Marina Safeway.

Saturday is expected to be a clear and sunny day, so we will take the opportunity to run Marina Green and the Golden Gate Bridge. The long route is an out an back with the turnaround point at Battery Spencer. For those looking for a shorter run, the course takes us to the anchorage of the Bridge and back, a flat, scenic 5-6 miles.

I hope you all had a chance to read our HFRC newsletter. Thanks to Penny and Anna for putting it together. Don’t forget that it’s time to re-up on your club dues for 2021. Best deal in town – $50 a year, includes a new running kit soon to arrive, expert routes designed to take us to all corners of the City, training programs for your running goals and when races start up again, trained coaches and best of all, the camaraderie of a friendly group of runners and walkers. You can renew your membership on our website via PayPal. If you haven’t done it already, sign up for our RSS feed on the website to get notices when we post our runs.

Hope to see you all out in the sunshine with us tomorrow!

Jay Kloepfer
Half Full Running Club

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, April 3 at Equator Coffee at Fort Mason!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, April 3 at Equator Coffee at the entrance to Fort Mason, across from Marina Safeway.

Patrick has designed a 9-10 mile route for those who wish go long. We will also have an option to run 4-6 miles, and a walking group for those looking for a more gentle approach to their miles! Look for coaches Anna, David and Penny! I’ll be back from Spring Break next week, hope to see you all then.

Jay Kloepfer
Half Full Running Club

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, March 26 at Duboce Park Cafe!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, March 26 at Duboce Park Cafe.

We are broadening our approach to runs on Saturday to better suit a range of our members’ goals and fitness. We realize after a year of intermittent group runs, shutdowns and reopening, that many would like to start fresh, and may be interested in running routes in the 4-6 mile range, to build fitness and confidence and to resume the love of running.

We will offer a couple of options on our routes going forward, one with that 4-6 mile distance in mind, and then a longer run in the 8-10 mile range. The goal will be to start together and if possible, finish not too far apart so we can enjoy our customary post-run socialization. We try on most weeks to start and finish at a cafe amenable to post-run refreshment and a safe outdoor gathering.

One of our members recovering from injury will also be leading a short 3-mile walk tomorrow, another option for those looking to return. The club is planning to add a walk group on Saturdays, starting in April, look for details in our upcoming April newsletter.

The route for tomorrow is in the link below. For the shorter mileage, we’ll simply turn around at the right point to meet the desired distance. Hope to see you all out there tomorrow!

Statement on AAPI violence

We are disheartened by the violence taking place around the country toward the Asian-American and Pacific-Islander community, and we want you to know we stand by all of you who are a part of this community. We have seen the 150% increase in Asian American hate crimes across the country play out across the Bay Area, and it is not acceptable for HFRC as a San Francisco-based running club to simply sit by. We have the ability to make a difference by taking a stand, doing our part, and by supporting groups that combat this violence and intimidation.

As a starting point, we suggest making charitable donations to two organizations: Stop AAPI Hate and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum. We also suggest attending one of Advancing Justice’s Bystander Intervention trainings. Here is a link to 15 other organizations also doing good work in this area to raise awareness and foster change.

The more we come together on issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the stronger we will be as a society. We believe we can start with our own lives and our own organization.

Board of Directors of the Half Full Running Club (HFRC)

Jay Kloepfer
Penny Schenkkan
David Olsen
David Saldivar
Patricl Leung
Anna Wong
Rainer Gaethke


Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, March 19 at Duboce Park Cafe!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, March 19 at Duboce Park Cafe.

Patrick has designed another interesting route around the city. The route will bring us around Laguna Honda, down Glen Canyon Park, and up through Noe Valley.

total distance is ~9.5mi with 1,000ft elevation gain

Tomorrow afternoon we will be holding a board meeting for the club, at 1:00 pm via webinar. We invite all members to attend board meetings. If you are interested in attending, please let me or Penny know and we will pass along an invitation.

We will need to restart a few club protocols after the shutdowns last year, including resumption of dues and registration of members for 2021. We have new gear arriving, you don’t want to miss out on it! More details to follow.

Jay Kloepfer
Half Full Running Club

Born to run?

Gretchen Reynolds writes frequently about running and exercise in The Well, a blog within the New York Times. She often asks and then answers simple but profound questions and everyday myths we should question, but don’t. Like who says we need to drink 8 glasses of water a day? Turns out, no science involved, and no one can really pin it down, other than exercise professionals thought it sounded good, so they promoted the practice. Seems harmless enough, but Ms. Reynolds then asked, well, how much is enough water, and can you drink too much? The answer was refreshingly simple: your body will tell you when you’re not drinking enough, for the most part, but if you go extended periods without having to urinate and it comes out dark and smelly, well, drink some more water. And you can drink too much, as evidenced by stories of people collapsing from over hydration in races (very dangerous) and stories of fraternity hazings where hazers switched to water from beer but caused their subjects serious harm from consuming too much water.

This story is how our seemingly awkward bodies are made to allow us to run upright for long distances, a singular feature in the animal world.

From The New York Times:

Running Is a Total Body Affair

We can thank our heads and shoulders — and not just our knees and toes — that we evolved to run as well as we do.