Bay to Breakers Media Outlet

Updated – Friday, June 26, 2020, 7 a.m. PDT

2020 Bay to Breakers is going virtual

Runners encouraged to complete the iconic 12K race in 12 days

San Francisco, CA – June 26, 2020 – Bay to Breakers announced today that the iconic yearly event, originally scheduled for May 31st, and then postponed to September 20th due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is now officially a virtual race that participants will be able to complete between September 20th and October 2nd, 2020.

“After postponing the iconic Bay to Breakers race from May to September, we made the difficult decision to transition to a virtual event.” said John Kane, Capstone Event Group CEO.  The City and County of San Francisco along with the entire Bay to Breakers team want participants, staff and volunteers to stay well, and we are not confident that it will be safe to host large crowds in September due to COVID-19.

Although the race is officially being adjusted once more, runners can still be a part of this legacy event.  Runners currently registered and anyone who wants to participate in this unique experience can complete their virtual run from September 20 – October 2, 2020 on a convenient route of their choosing.

Participants will receive their T-shirt/tank, medal and bib as well as a bonus hoodie to signify the uniqueness of the 2020 race.

Registrants that are unable to participate in this year’s virtual run can defer their registration into Bay to Breakers 2021 or Bay to Breakers 2022. Deferral fees will be waived.

For more details here on our theme days, swag, deferral/refund policies, and more visit

About Bay to Breakers

Bay to Breakers originally started with the purpose of unifying a recovering San Francisco community after a devastating event. For the past 109 years, the Bay to Breakers race has done just that. Now in 2020, though we’ll meet virtually, that celebration is needed now more than ever. We still want the athleticism, the spirit, and the determination to flow across the Bay into the Breakers and keep the tradition alive.

Media Contact:

Casey Bailey
Capstone Event Group

Randy Clegg
Bay to Breakers Media relations

Update – Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7 a.m. PDT

The City of San Francisco has prohibited gatherings of 1,000 or more persons, initially in effect for two weeks, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. This update is an extension of the City’s original ban of non-essential group activities at city-owned facilities.

The status of the 2020 Bay to Breakers, scheduled for May 31, has not changed.

To read the mayor’s statement, visit this link:

Bay to Breakers Statement Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak – Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Bay to Breakers team is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is aware that all non-essential group activities have been banned at San Francisco-owned facilities through March 20. We will continue to speak frequently with city officials to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive them. 

Given that Bay to Breakers is not scheduled to take place until May 31, there are currently no plans to cancel the 2020 event. However, we will ultimately adhere to any policies set forth by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

You are working hard to prepare for Bay to Breakers and we wish we could provide more certainty amidst the growing uncertainties surrounding Bay area events. Rest assured, we will notify runners if there are any changes to the status of the 2020 event and how those changes affect your 2020 registration.  

If you have already made the personal decision not to participate in the 2020 event, our standard deferral option is available to you at