Virtual Across the Bay

In keeping with our ongoing commitment to help keep our community healthy, and because of the extreme uncertainty surrounding live events in the July timeframe due to COVID-19, the 2020 Across the Bay 12K and 415K benefiting Edgewood Center for Children and Families will be shifted to a virtual-only event. So, what does that mean for you?

While we won’t be together in person, in the lead up to the 37th running of the Across the Bay 12K & 415K we’re going to keep the roots of this event alive through a Celebration of Running this San Francisco tradition. We’ll be turning back the clock in honor of the inaugural Across the Bay in 1984. Stay tuned for more details! Joining us virtually will also earn you:

  • Unique shirt & medal designed by local artists San FranPsycho (scroll down for designs!)
  • One-of-a-kind 2020 Run Local Neck Gaiter
  • Earn the Run the Bay Challenge award by also completing the 2020 408k brought to you by Amazon and the East Bay 510K
  • Earn the Run Local Bay Area Series Star by completing all five Bay Area events
  • Exclusive promos from our local partners
  • Show your support for this local and historic Bay Area event, our local partners, and benefiting charity, Edgewood Center for Children and Families

Note: We will automatically mail all of your swag to your doorstep including your bib, finisher shirt and medal.


You may also defer your participation to the 2021 event, without any additional fees, so long as you notify us of your intention to do so by Sunday, May 17. Please email [email protected] to defer your registration.

By deferring your entry, this means you would not receive any 2020 event swag, and would be removed from any of the 2020 Run Local Challenges. Please note that deferrals are limited to one year only and can only be applied to the following year’s Across the Bay event. 


Across the Bay has a long and storied history in the Bay Area running scene. It didn’t make it to 37 editions by chance. We’ve gathered some of that story with Across the Bay creator and Bay Area race director legend, Dave Rhody, on our website as well as the latest episode of the Run Local podcast. Your participation in this virtual event will help us ensure that Across the Bay returns for its 38th edition next year.

How to Virtually Run?
As a Virtual Runner, you can complete the race distance on the route or a route of your choosing from July 6 – 12. We will be providing more information soon on leaderboards, sharing your run and related virtual pieces.  No official timing is necessary. Please share your swag, stories, and stoke with #ACROSSTHEBAY. 

Running, along with any physical and mental exercise, can be a powerful antidote to times of adversity by building personal strength and resilience. We encourage our runners to find safe ways to continue this practice while adhering to the various recommendations put forth by public health officials. And remember, it’s OK to try and have some fun too as we all sort through this unprecedented issue.


Thanks to the designers at San FranPsycho we’re thrilled to provide you with a medal and shirt for your support of Across the Bay. All race participants will also receive our Run Local Neck Gaiter!

SV Half & East Bay 510K Update
Many of you are also signed up for the postponed Silicon Valley Half presented by Excite Credit Union and the East Bay 510K in October. We continue to work with our local governments on the possibility of holding these events in the fall and will not only abide by government regulations but also our staff’s ability to organize the event with enough time.

Our Community & What’s Next
We are grateful to our staff that have pivoted quickly to providing virtual opportunities for all of you. While we’ve already launched a revamped Run Local Shop, new podcast, live Workout Wednesdays and even an iOS Sticker Pack, we’re just getting started. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing a couple of other ways you can be a part of Run Local.

In the meantime, there are local businesses deeply affected by this and we encourage you to support them in a safe manner online or when this passes in person. We can’t thank our local partners enough for their ongoing support of our community.

We know you likely have questions. Inquiries regarding the event’s switch to a virtual-only event can be directed to [email protected]

Thank you and on behalf of the Run Local Bay Area Team we appreciate your continued support.


Aaron Jacobsen

President, Run Local Events