I will share my thought process and booking experience with my flights and then about my hotels. Since I planned most of this trip back in March/April/May I was able to find award space to/from SFO very easily.
Firefighters AND a Tiffany necklace? Nike Women's Marathon in SF - You are given a Tiffany's necklace by a firefighter in a tux when you finish! If that doesn't motivate you to finish, I don't know what will!