Thousands Brave Chilly San Francisco Morning To 'Run' Goofy Bay To Breakers Race

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It was a chilly and gloomy Sunday morning. But that did not prevent thousands of Bay Area residents from making their way to San Francisco's beautiful waterfront to participate in the city's oldest and most iconic footrace - Bay to Breakers. Now in its 104th year, the 12 Km (7.45 mile) competition that spans across the city may not be the world's hardest or longest race. But it is the most fun!

That's because while the lineup does include some elite runners, most adults donned in Halloween style costumes just come to have a good time. This year was no different. On May 17th, the 50,000 participants and scores of fans gathered at the starting line were in a festive mood. Tortillas, a tradition adopted from Mexico's professional wrestling matches and beach balls were freely flying around. Music was blaring from the surrounding buildings.

While the elite runners and a few others took off at the sound of the 8:AM race signal, most appeared to be in no hurry, strolling leisurely as they showcased their creative outfits to the cheering fans. This year's line-up included Mr. & Mrs. Pacman, a group of street signs and a large contingent of hot dogs walking alongside condiments. Also present were Kermit the Frog and Animal, a cluster of jellyfish, and even San Francisco's famous Coit Tower.

Meanwhile the 'real' runners made short work of the 12K route that includes some of the city's steepest hills. As is the case quite frequently, Kenyan runners clinched both the men's and women's titles. Isaac Mukandi Mwangi completed the course in a speedy 35 minutes and 25 seconds with Jane Kibii following shortly with a time of 40 minutes and 4 seconds. Each took home $3,000 USD in cash for their quick sprint.

Established in 1912 to cheer the residents of San Francisco recovering from the devastating 1906 earthquake, Bay to Breakers is the longest consecutively run footrace in the world. With the popularity of the fun event increasing every year, we have a feeling it is not losing that record anytime soon.

Resources: sfgate.com, bleacherreport.com,sfist.com

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  • aclick84
    aclick84Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 8:15 am
    lolololol
    • smartiegal
      smartiegalFriday, October 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm
      The Kermit the Frog one creeps me out a little
      • slytherinfan
        slytherinfanTuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:22 pm
        Same... *shudder*
        • ajg16
          ajg16Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 5:50 pm
          I showed my sister and we kinda just stared at the creepy face like "um.... "
      • =^o^=Friday, October 9, 2015 at 2:17 pm
        love the costumes, LOL, wish is could race in that
        • deeznutsFriday, October 9, 2015 at 2:16 pm
          costumes are funny #CostumePartyRace
          • jo$ephThursday, October 8, 2015 at 8:20 am
            mani wish i was there
            • emerald05
              emerald05Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm
              Costumes are awesome!
              • hirtzjos000
                hirtzjos000Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 11:12 am
                okay good.
              • Movie Star Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 10:36 am
                the costumes are funny
                • emerald05
                  emerald05Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm
                  I think they're amazing!
                • bossmanpunkWednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:59 am
                  awsome
                  • hirtzjos000
                    hirtzjos000Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 11:13 am
                    Funny name.
                  • bossmanpunkWednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:58 am
                    this is cool
                    • bobo_savag
                      bobo_savagThursday, August 27, 2015 at 7:45 am
                      sweet i will love to do dat