Bay to Breakers 12k

Bay to Breakers 12k

Please note some of this information is from a previous year. All information is subject to change for the 2022 race.

Date: Sunday, May 15, 2022

Start Time: 8:00 a.m.

Start Line: Main Street & Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Finish Line: Ocean Beach Parking Lot, Great Highway (Between JFK Drive & Lincoln Way), San Francisco, CA 94122

Vaccine Requirements: As of now all participants will be required to show proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test to participate on race day. This follows California’s recommendations for mega-events (10,000 or more people) to help reduce COVID-19 transmission. We will have more information on this process as we get closer to the race. We will also continue to monitor any updates set forth by the city and state, and will keep all of our participants updated on any changes.

Route: The Bay to Breakers 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway along the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. Participants run up the iconic Hayes Street Hill, along the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park, while the city of San Francisco cheers them on.

Timing: All runners will be provided with race bibs with timing chips attached to the back. It is very important that the race number be worn on the front of your shirt to ensure that it works properly. In accordance with USATF Rules, overall awards will be determined by gun time while age group awards will be determined by your chip time.

Minimum Pace / Time Limit:The course will close on race day at 12:30 PM at the intersection of JFK and Chain of Lakes in Golden Gate Park. Participants who have not passed this intersection by 12:30 PM will not have the opportunity to cross the Finish Line. The Finish Line closes promptly at 1:00 PM as stipulated by the race’s road closure.

Course Entertainment: Specific course entertainment will be announced closer to the race.

Porta-Potties: Units will be plentiful and available at the start line, finish line, and throughout the course.

Support: There will be medical, police and EMS personnel throughout the course, as well as dozens of course volunteers keeping our participants and spectators safe!


  • Hayes & Polk
  • Fell & Baker
  • JFK & E. Stow Lake
  • Great Hwy & Noriega


  • Howard & 4th
  • Scott & Hayes
  • Fell & Baker*
  • JFK & Nancy Pelosi
  • JFK & 8th Ave
  • JFK & Transverse Dr.
  • JFK & Spreckels Lake
  • JFK & Chain of Lakes
  • Great Hwy & Noriega
  • Finish Line*

* Indicate that is station is also a sobering center.

VIP Add-On:

Get exclusive access and additional runner perks with the Bay to Breakers VIP Registration!

VIP Runner Perks Include:

  • Pre-race meal at the Start Line VIP Area
  • Gear check to get your stuff from start line to the finish
  • Post-race meal (with complimentary adult beverages for those 21+) at the Finish Line Festival
  • Commemorative Bay to Breakers item

The VIP add-on is available for both child (14 or younger) and adult (15+) participants. You can add VIP to your registration when filling out the registration form, or if you have already registered, you can add it on here.

If you aren’t sure if you purchased the VIP add-on during your registration, please email us at to check!