30 Jun '14, 1pm

Kezar Stadium, The People's Track

Kezar Stadium, The People's Track

Geographically, Kezar Stadium is pretty darn close to the center of San Francisco. The city is roughly seven miles by seven miles, and the stadium is just a smidge northwest of center, a five-acre tract of land on the edge of Golden Gate Park and adjacent to the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. For the local running community, however, the old stadium is the city's heart. If you're a runner in San Francisco, eventually you'll come through its gates to run on its historic track. In fact, runners have been coming for nearly 90 years. In 1922, Mary Kezar (pronounced Key-zar), a descendant of California pioneers, willed the city $100,000 to build a memorial in Golden Gate Park to honor her relatives. The city built a 22,000-seat stadium as a memorial–a venue on a triangular patch of land for city events and high school sports like football and track. To fit the space, architect Wi...

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