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San Francisco’s Legendary Bay to Breakers Race

May 7, 2017

Bay to Breakers

San Francisco’s most iconic race, the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers, is happening this month! If you love running, walking, or a combination of the two, be sure to make your way to the city for a fun-filled and family friendly Sunday. The race takes place on May 21st and if it’s your first time in SF or your tenth, it’s a great way to explore the city, since the 12k route winds its way from the Bay to the breakers on Ocean Beach. More than just a race, there’s a celebration on the Friday and Saturday prior at the Expo and the race ends with dancing at the Finish Line Festival. The Finish Line Festival will feature live entertainment, food, and beverages.

Bay to Breakers Pink GorillaIf you’re heading to San Francisco a few days early, then be sure to stop by the Expo. It starts Friday, May 19th at 11AM and ends Saturday, May 20th at 5PM. That should give you plenty of time to prepare for the race the following morning. The Expo takes place at Pier 35 and will feature the latest innovations in fitness technology, gear, and nutrition. Maybe you’ll find the next up-and-coming wearable that will blow the Fitbit out of the water (or should I say Bay)!With all the marathons, walks, and runs that happen in San Francisco, Bay to Breakers is the most legendary. It’s been happening for over 100 years and started as a way to boost morale after the great 1906 earthquake. The race is intended for all ages and participants are encouraged to take part in it, whatever way they can. Bay to Breakers even encourages dressing up in quirky costumes and group running, especially as a “centipede,” so groups of 13 or more people are linked by a bungee cord. Talk about a team effort! The race route will pass through iconic neighborhoods and sites like the Hayes Street Hill, the Panhandle, the gorgeous Golden Gate Park, and more. Head over to San Francisco and take part in this one-of-a-kind and unforgettable experience!

Pink Gorilla joins the Bay to Breakers race photo by Geoffrey Weber.

Costumed participants in Bay to Breakers 2016 photo by Tom Hilton.