Bay to Breakers May 21, 2017

People have been racing in the annual Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers for over 100 years. "A quintessential San Francisco experience since 1912, the 12K race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay." 

Racers of all ages and athletic ability start near the San Francisco Bay near the Embarcadero, running west through the city, finishing at the Great Highway. The race began as a way to lift the spirits of city residents after the 1906 earthquake. Originally called the Cross City Race, the first event took place on January 1, 1912 with 186 people taking part in the race. The first person, Saint Mary's student Bobby Vlught, was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 44:10.

Image credits Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers

Image credits Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers

For over a century, Bay to Breaker has embodied "athleticism, fun, frivolity, and determination flowing across the City from the Bay to the Pacific Ocean."  One of the largest footraces in the world. the race attracts 50,000 + participants and 100,000 + spectators each year. In 1986, it set a Guinness Book world-record, with 110,000 participants. Challenging and beautiful, the course  consistently attracts world-class competitors as well as amateurs alike who come out-many in costume-to represent san Francisco's 'irrepressible color' and affinity for eclectic traditions.

Two days prior to the event, there is an Expo May 19th from 11am-7pm and May 20th from 9am-5pm at Pier 35. The day of the event, enjoy the Finish Line Festival in the Ocean Beach Parking Lot once the race is completed. 

Start time is 8am at Main and Howard Streets and racers can pick up their packets at the Expo. Registration fees are $64.99 for adults 18+ and $32.49 for children 3 through 17 years. Children as young as 2 are able to participate and are free. VIP registration is $139. Register online or volunteer to help at the event. 

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