Bay to Breakers – Crazy Fun or Fun with the Crazies?

It’s that time of year again San Francisco. Time to grab your monkey suit (not that monkey suit, an actual costume to dress like a monkey or gorilla or whatever) for the 101st running of the Bay to Breakers race.

On Sunday, May 20, thousands of participants, some much more serious than others, will be running, walking and partying through the streets of San Francisco for one of the most “interesting” annual events of the year- the one and only Bay to Breakers race.

Because of growing complaints from neighbors, last year was the first where law enforcement officials and race organizers implemented new rules: no alcohol, no floats and no unregistered runners.

And San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said the new rules seemed to work, making the race a bit more enjoyable for everyone involved. “In some years past because alcohol was allowed, there was a negative impact of our neighborhoods and we don’t want to see that repeated. That said, we hope that everyone will come and have a great time again, absent any alcohol.”

Organizers continue to work with neighborhood residents to ensure that everyone has a good time while also preserving neighborhoods and the race itself.

The Zazzle Bay to Breakers begins at 7 a.m. on the Embarcadero and concludes around noon near Ocean Beach. Click here for more information about road closures on Sunday.


Bay to Breakers 2012

Sun May 20, 7am – Noon

From the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach

Photo Credit: Alex Akamine