Finding the Beat in San Francisco

Today’s post was written by Susan, a member of Rock ‘n’ Blog, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series influencer program! Check out her blog here and follow her on Twitter at @doingthingsalways!
The Mr and I have been waiting to pack for our first Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon of 2015 and now it’s time – finally! San Francisco is an awesome choice as not only do we run a gorgeous route around the city and over the Golden Gate Bridge (wow!) BUT we can indulge our inner hippie and check out a few famous landmarks while we’re there. We’ve been working on race outfits – say hello to Starshine and Moonray. Yep, that’s on our bibs (the personalize option is very cool).

The Beat Generation of the 50’s, a collective of writers, artists and thinkers inspired a cultural phenomenon. As America moved into the 60’s, elements of the Beat movement were incorporated into emerging hippie culture and San Francisco found itself right at the epicentre. We can’t wait to explore!

Here are some of the sights these cool cats will be visiting:

  • The race starts in Golden Gate Park, home of the epic Human Be-In gathering of 1967. Take a moment while you’re waiting in line for the porta-potties to think about Timothy Leary starting out the day with his unforgettable phrase ‘tune in, turn on, drop out’ or imagine Allen Ginsburg chanting ‘Peace in San Francisco’! Specially produced LSD was available for that event, but we’re just fine with Gatorade.
  • The fascinating neighbourhood of Haight-Ashbury is only a few blocks east of Golden Gate. Hippies enjoyed a cultural utopia here during the 1967 Summer of Love when around 100,000 people converged on the Haight! Famous residents include Janis Joplin who lived at 635 Ashbury St. and Jimi Hendrix at 1524 Haight St.
  • The Beat Museum in San Francisco’s North Beach (540 Broadway) is home to an extensive collection of memorabilia including original manuscripts, first editions, newspaper clippings and personal effects.  Discover the Beat ethos of love, poetry and compassion for fellow man. Take that sentiment with you into the race and enjoy the opportunity to connect with your fellow runners.
  • Across the road at 261 Columbus Avenue is the City Lights bookstore which is best known for publishing Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Howl’. Right next door you’ll find Vesuvio Cafe, a drinking haven for the Beat poets. Pull up a chair where Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Dylan Thomas did years before you. Perhaps compose a verse to your shiny new medal?

We can’t wait to fly out and get our hippie on. Will we see you there? Right on!

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”

Jack Kerouac