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Bay to Breakers 12K Run San Francisco, CA

May 18th, 2008 · No Comments


Always on the third Sunday in May – thousands of runners descend on San Francisco to run one of the oldest footraces in North America. It is almost 100 years old and involves running – you guessed it – from The Bay to the Breakers on the other side of Golden Gate park. Although the pamphlet clearly states NO ALCOHOL AND NUDITY – this is most likely for legal reasons. The race is in fact famous for its nudity with many nude runners – mainly older men (why is that?) wearing neon green caps. The funniest was seeing the nude men with heart rate monitors. The large floats (usually involving college kids and kegs of beer) as well as the large costumes and centipedes (in fact the brochure clearly states that those running as a centipede must start at the back) are all at the back of the pack. Flying tortillas also seem to be a tradition and was initially interesting and amusing until getting hit in the head with several tortillas, some of which were beer soaked – not so fun. Lots of people out cheering and partying and the best was to see that many of them were also dressed in costume. Like all large events, this run is also a magnet for fanatics – particularly religious ones – to voice their opinions (loudly). Apparently something like 75,000 people run this race so don’t expect a fast time unless you have a preferred start – just take it slow and enjoy the scenery. In fact, T ran with a full champagne bottle for the entire race – we had been thinking about drinking it but that just didn’t pan out. Support was good the entire race and the race is well-organized. Our timing chip was ours to keep as they are doing a set of 5 commemorative chips leading up to the 100th anniversary of the race. Nice course and a great way to see and experience the city.

Bay to Breakers run
www.baytobreakers.com
The third Sunday in May
San Francisco, CA

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