Bay to Breakers Turns 100: Don’t Forget to Bring Your Respect to the Race

by Accidental Bear

“Should I Stay or Should I Go… If I go There Will Be Trouble…” This  year is the celebration of the HISTORIC 100TH ZAZZLE BAY TO BREAKERS. The race itself has become a keg party on wheels. This year there is suppose to be a large crack down on activities that break the official rules such as public nudity, non registered runners and  drinking. In protest there have been sites popping up giving you 1,2,3 instructions, encouraging you to break these rules ( Let me remind of what the “race” is all about :

“The 100-year old Zazzle Bay to Breakers 12k is one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces, held annually in San Francisco, California. The name reflects the traditional course which takes tens of thousands of participants from the northeast end of the downtown area near The Embarcadero (the “bay” side of the city) to the west end of the city and the “breakers” of Ocean Beach. The 7.46 mile (12 kilometer) race features world-class athletes in addition to costumed runners and ‘fun-loving’ folks out for a great day of running and walking through San Francisco.”

I personally do not have the patience for the shenanigans that surround the race. Along the route you will have an overflow of opportunities to snap shots of outrageous costumes, naked people (for later use), and 1,000’s of people pissing and shitting on your front stepsI am all about getting dressed up in drag, covering myself in fake blood and taping an “abortion’ to the side of my leg, blowing off some steam and partying in the streets. What happens during the course of the race though, is a mob mentality of chaos and loss of respect for the race in which brings them their in the first place. I say enjoy the race and make should you don’t forget to pack a large dose of respect for your neighbors.

“Throughout its long history Bay to Breakers has been a showcase for the City’s irrepressible color and its affection for eclectic traditions. Although runners come from across the country and around the globe, the race is still a quintessential San Francisco experience and a true reflection of life between the breakers and the Bay.”


Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 7am – 12:00pm
USA Track & Field Certified 12k Race

The course closes at 11:30am at the intersection of JFK Drive and Chain of Lakes drive in Golden Gate Park. Registrants who have not passed this intersection by 11:30am, will not have the opportunity to cross the Finish Line in time to collect a Finisher’s Medal. The finish line closes promptly at noon as stipulated by the race’s road closure permit. Please plan your time accordingly.

2 Comments to “Bay to Breakers Turns 100: Don’t Forget to Bring Your Respect to the Race”

  1. I know trash ( and yes general chaos) is an impact to the city but Bay to Breakers shenanigans is one of the events that makes me feel proud to live here. That we can dress up, be naked and party in the streets and go outside the everyday rules. Much like other city festivals. Although I plan on running (or as far as I get) this year for the first time and will not be drinking at 8:00 in the morning.

    They say they will crack down on every year, lets see if this year will be different. We just need a way to do it sustainably.

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