Run to Hopper's Hands

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Added by Lisa Dutton

Experience some genuine SF folklore. Scenic run along the San Francisco Bay Trail.

Hundreds of people touch Hopper's Hands every day as a turn-around point on their runs in and around Crissy Field and The San Francisco Bay Trail. Running west through Crissy Field, passing the Warming Hut and pier, you follow Marine Drive until you dead end at Fort Point. If you continue through the parking lot towards the Golden Gate Bridge, you'll find a chain link fence with an infamous plaque of Hopper’s Hands. While reaching the hands is a goal for many, not too many people know the history behind the plaque. Who is Hopper?

The Hopper’s Hands plaque is named after Ken Hopper, one of the Golden Gate Bridge’s iron workers. In addition to his day job, Ken also volunteered his services as an on-call suicide prevention worker. Although suicide rescue duty is voluntary, all iron workers took turns convincing hopeless souls that their lives were valuable. It is estimated that Hopper came in contact with 30 jumpers. He was able to persuade most of them off the bridge, but did lose two.

Hopper had an honorable job. He protected and preserved one of the world’s most beautiful bridges and saved lives in the process. It’s hard to say which job is more challenging - risking your own life every day working on the bridge, or trying to make sure a complete stranger doesn’t take his.

So, get out there and show Hopper some love (and slap him a high five on your next run)!

Source: Examiner.com

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This is one of my favorite runs and a must-do when I'm in SF. On a nice day you have an amazing view of the bridge as you run towards Hopper's Hands.

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over 7 years ago

Many, many times. The perfect turn around stop on an SF run.

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over 7 years ago

Great run. There is something rewarding about making it to Hopper's Hands! Gorgeous views!

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