Costumes Aplenty (Even Birthday Suits!)
Bay to Breakers 2015 Recap
This was my very first Bay to Breakers experience and what an experience it was!
“San Francisco’s Zappos.com Bay to Breakers is the oldest consecutively run annual footrace in the world, a staple to the City by the Bay since May 1912. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience for 103 years, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay.” Zappos Bay to Breakers
San Francisco is a wonderful place to visit no matter what the event. So much to do and see there that it never gets old and definitely never boring.
The Fort Mason Center
Friday, May 15: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Saturday, May 16: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
The Expo was, in my opinion, a good one. The Fort Mason Center is also home to The San Francisco Marathon Expo so I’ve been here a few times. It was well organized and filled with fun vendors and yummy treats. Especially memorable to me was Kettle Brand potato chips. During this expo I tried Sriracha, Jalepeno, and Maple Bacon flavors – that’s how I knew my weekend was off to a great start! Clif Bar was also quite generous, as usual. Both were out in full force at the finish line party as well along with Boxed Water and more.
T-shirt pick-up was great. We got to pick from gray or black (Under Armour brand) and could easily switch sizes which was cool as I am notorious for ordering the wrong size.
With almost 30,000 runners, I was happy to see how well organized the starting corrals were. They even had elite, seeded, and sub-seeded starts for those that came to run and not JUST party. I came to do both! Walking to the corrals I noticed something flying all over the place and once I got closer I could see it was the traditional tortilla toss. Corn tortillas. Flour tortillas. Flying all over the place! It was fun tossing them around while waiting for the start.
The fun began right from the start. The spectators here are a blast. Costumes everywhere on and off the course. I had heard that people actually run this race naked but I hadn’t believed it until I saw it! It was actually pretty funny to see guys run by with nothing on but shoes, socks, and a backpack…there were only a few of them really but I think they really added to the festivity of the race.
From what I saw in the short time I stayed after the race, the finish line party was fun as well. They had a great announcer that was keeping the party going with events such as trying to make the world’s longest conga line and who knows what else. I could only handle the cold for a little while and had to head back to my hotel room. Next year I will bring clothes to change into so I can enjoy more of the post-race fun.
I had heard about this race many times before and am glad I got to check it out for myself. Zappos Bay to Breakers 12K is a great race to do with a bunch of friends or family. I believe it’s the first 12K I’ve ever run and I thought it was a good distance for such a fun race. Also, I forgot to mention, along with the normal pace tracking and division placements, they also give you an actual time and ranking for the one big hill of the race (it’s a doosey!) something to try and better year after year!
Bottom line: I would definitely recommend this race to friends and family and I will definitely be back for more!
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