Blair Lockhart is an ultra-marathon runner, meaning that she competes in races with distances longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 km (26.219 mi). With a long commute to her fulltime job, she needs to squeeze every minute possible out of her packed schedule to train. There are several claims that San Francisco (SF) is built on seven hills. Unbeknownst to many, however, SF is also home to many other green parks and dirt trails, making SF a runner’s haven. Running the peaks of SF is a great way to build endurance. As a part of Lockhart’s training for her 50-mile race, in one day she ran to the top of seven summits in SF: Bernal Heights, Buena Vista Park, Kite Hill, Corona Heights, Mount Davidson, Bill Goat Hill, and Twin Peaks. This photo essay aims to take you on Lockhart’s journey, from sunrise to darkness, of her summiting these seven peaks in SF.
While most people remain asleep at sunrise, this is Lockhart’s favorite time of day to run. As the sun’s rays slowly reach upward to tickle sleepy San Franciscans awake, Lockhart finds herself running through seas of orange, pink, purple, and red. After the sun fully rises, and the watercolors become a more solid blue, Lockhart can see the city in full at last. Sometimes on her solo runs, she finds company along the trail, such as the white bride on Kite Hill. The bride looks out with optimism and fear, thinking about past memories shared with her future life partner. Ignoring the distractions around her, Lockhart focuses on moving forward - one foot in front of the other - and does not look back. Other times, Lockhart brings company with her on the trail. Her loyalist running companion is her pup, Fritz, who gallivants alongside her footsteps with the guarantee of never complaining. At the end of a long day of running, no peak makes more sense to summit than Twin Peaks - one of the highest points in SF. Headlamp strapped on and windbreaker zipped up, Lockhart’s day of running through SF is a celebration of the many green oases in the city she calls home.