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International Rainbow Run

International Rainbow Run

Stow Lake Boat House, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA
2018 marks the 10th Gay Games taking place in Paris France. Each edition of the Gay Games is associated with an International Rainbow Memorial Run. As San Francisco hosted the first and second Gay Games every edition of the International Rainbow Run begins here In San Francisco. This mirrors the tradition of the Olympic torch being lit in Athens, Greece and then touring the world before arriving at host city. For the next seven month the original flag used during the first games will travel the world, stopping ideally at each of the previous host cities, before arriving in Paris, France.

SF FrontRunners has been very honored to lead the planning and execution of this tradition.

The order of events:

9:00 a.m. -Meet at Stow Lake (regular SFFR meeting spot for Saturday runs).
9:15 a.m. -Participants will run with Flags to the AIDS Memorial Grove, Brief Ceremony

Running from Stow Lake to Grove

AIDS Memorial Grove

9:30am - Arrive at Kezar Stadium for brief ceremony

Kezar Stadium

10am -Contingent will carry the Flags to the UN Plaza or City Hall, Brief Ceremony

10:45am - Runners arrive at the UN Plaza of Step of City Hall, Brief Ceremony

We have seven flags, the gay flag plus six flags of the rainbow, that need flag bearers. If you have been a participant athlete in any of the nine gay games please let Reggie Snowden know if you wish to be a flag bearer.

This event will be added as an option for SFFR to participate. This is a quadrennial event our club and city are proud to kick off every four years. Members of other organizations will be invited to participate and can also meet up along the journey or meet us at one of the designated locations.

Route from Kezar to Civic Center

Running Route to Civic Center:

  • Starting from Stanyan St and Golden Gate Park
  • Run to Page St
  • Left on Fillmore St
  • Right on Grove St
  • Left on Carlton Goodlett Plaza
  • Run thru center area of Civic Center plaza