The need to know

Learn everything there is to know about the adventure of the Oyster in the Official Race Info Packet. Also check out which Oyster course is best for you.


What do I get as an Oyster_Racer?
  • 2 FREE beers
  • Post-race refueling food  
  • Oyster finisher cowbell
  • Oyster swag
  • A few hours of AWESOME!
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The San Francisco Oyster is proud to have the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish® as its beneficiary. Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  The Greater Bay chapter was founded in 1984, and in its first year granted a total of 27 wishes. Now one of the largest chapters nationwide, over 6,000 wishes have been granted to date, with an average of 340 annually. Learn more about this important organization here.  


Lani, age 16

I wish to be a turban designer

MAWSanFranStory.jpgWhen you meet Lani, it is hard to believe she is all of 16. She has been through a physically and emotionally wrenching year, she has begun to start her own business, and she is incredibly calm and self-possessed.

A year ago, Lani was still recovering from the loss of her father to suicide. She focused on the intensive workouts that her tennis team required. But the pain that started in her pelvic area became impossible to ignore. A trip to the emergency room revealed that she had a rare and very aggressive form of ovarian cancer. Another surgery followed, along with a five-month program of chemotherapy. 

While in the hospital, Lani started thinking about losing her hair and had an inspiration. She wanted to design a turban to wear after her hair fell out, and use the design to help other kids like her have a fashionable alternative to wigs and hats. She envisioned beautiful silk and velvet turbans made in the color corresponding with the ribbons people wear to show their support for different cancers—teal for ovarian cancer, for instance. 

With the help of a team of people from Gap, Inc., Lani was able to realize her dream of designing such turbans. In June, she and her family spent several days in New York, meeting with designers, staff and technical advisors, learning things like fit and construction, sizing, fabrics, branding and marketing. Back in the Bay Area, Gap employees had a big surprise in store for her. They created a prototype turban for Lani in her own teal, and had created a variety of turbans for her to share with patients at Children’s Hospital, Oakland, where she had been a patient.Donation Incentive

Thanks helping us grant wishes for the kids of Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area! Not only are you helping to make a difference, but teams get extra incentives for raising funds too. Check 'em out:
*Please note - fundraising incentives are achieved as a team not individually

$30 - Make a Wish Happen (Required $30 per team)
This year, we are asking teams to donate a minimum of $30 in an effort to raise more funds for our local non-profit partners. Thank you for helping grant wishes for the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area!

$50 - Sneak Peek
Get ahead of the competition! Teams get the chance to have a mystery leg of the course revealed before the race even starts. (No brainer)

$100 - Course Clue
Teams will receive a clue before race day that will give them an extra edge while out on the course. (For example: address to a mystery location, tasks to complete ahead of time, etc.)

$250 - Puzzle Master
Get a brain break! teams will receive the hardest puzzle on the course before the race so they have plenty of time to get it right! FYI, this could save teams up to 20 minutes in crunch time.

$500 - Charity Bomb & Beer VIP
*As a Thank You for raising the highest level of funds for a great cause, teams have the opportunity to drop a charity bomb on the competition & explode to the front of a line anywhere on the course! (You can only detonate a bomb once)
Also at the $500.00 level teams will get Beer VIP!
Beer VIP will get you a special bracelet post-race that allows unlimited cold beers. SCORE!

Each additional $500 raised will earn your team another Charity Cannon (up to 3)






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Date     Full Course
     Half Course
 Jan 18 - Feb 11      $85      $70
 Feb 12 - May 13
     $90      $75
 May 14 - Jun 22      $95      $80
 Jun 23 - Aug 26      $100      $85
 Aug 27 -Sept 28      $120      $95

 * Every team must have at least 3 members.

Race Schedule
Friday, September 27th

Team Check-in @ 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Sports Basement, Presidio
610 Old Mason St., San Francisco 94129

Saturday, September 28th
Race Day!
Transition Area: Sports Basement parking lot. Parking info and map of the area is available here.

6:30am - Transition Area opens! If your team didn't check-in prior to race day, please arrive at 6:30am to do so, 7:30am for Half Oyster.  Otherwise, come early to claim your team stall for the day

8:00am - Oyster_The Race begins! (Full course only)

10:00am - The Half Oyster begins!

2:00pm(ish) - Enjoy post-race food, two free beers (of course you can buy more), and the awards ceremony post-race. Awards will begin when a minimum of 75% of teams have completed the course. Take the time to relax, stretch and share a beer and your stories with other racers. Party on, you've earned it!

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Local Sponsors

Thank you for the support of our GREAT local sponsors!

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