With spring upon us, we decided to get up with three of Major League Soccer's brightest stars to tell us what it's like to run in their city. Yesterday, we spoke with Lamar Neagle of the Seattle Sounders Football Club. Next up, Brandon Barklage of the San Jose Earthquakes.

What is the running community like in San Francisco?
Running in San Francisco is an experience of its own. The size of the city is ideal. In just a seven-mile run, you can see a majority of the major landmarks and tourist attractions the city has to offer.

How would you categorize the overall running environment and landscape?
The landscape of San Francisco can either be intimidating for even the most experience runners, or pleasant as you have the option to run along the more flat areas of the city.

What type of personality would you ascribe to it?
San Francisco is a very vibrant, active, and scenic area to live, and includes some of the most beautiful views in the country.

How would you describe the running scene in San Francisco?
Running in San Francisco never gets old. The weather is normally perfect for a nice jog and the views and unique clientele never gives you a dull moment in your run.

In terms of running, what makes San Francisco unique?
Running in San Francisco is unique because there are so many different areas to run. Each area offers something special. There are routes that take you alongside the Bay to enjoy the beauty of the water, or there are more wooded and naturesque paths that give you a unique experience.

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