Sunday, May 31, 2020
San Francisco, California

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RUNNING ON WEIRD

Don’t throw out your Halloween costume just yet—you’ll need it for Bay to Breakers, San Francisco’s celebrated 12k race. (Don’t have a costume because you stayed at home with the lights out and shades down? You and half the other racers. No worries, we won’t judge.)

They Really Like Us!

Bay to Breakers Testimonial 1 “I enjoyed the vibe, the energy, the enthusiasm. This was my 33rd Bay to Breakers and I always enjoy the energy from this crowd!”
Bay to Breakers Testimonial 2 “The best thing about the Bay to Breakers race is the fun and joyfulness of it all, and on such a beautiful course! That ocean view at the end is AMAZING!”
Bay to Breakers Testimonial 3 “I enjoyed being with participants of all levels and the overall positive, jovial and fun atmosphere. Nice mix of runners and walkers, supportive of each other. Fun!”
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It’s So Pretty! (And then Cool. And Then Pretty Again.)

Bay to Breakers starts in the Embarcadero neighborhood by the San Francisco Bay, and takes you through nine of the city’s most notable neighborhoods—all the way to the Great Highway, where the breakers crash into Ocean Beach.

Among other sights, you’ll race through Panhandle Park at the northern boundary of the Haight Ashbury—the birthplace of the Deadhead—and cut through Golden Gate Park. (Pro tip: watch out for the bison .)

It’s All Historic!

This race has been around the block a few times: Runners, walkers, joggers, and partiers have participated in Bay to Breakers for over a century. While no racer has had the distinction of running every year since its inception—remember, we said “over a century”—the race has welcomed runners from ages 1 to 99 . (Spoiler: The baby did not win.)

It’s Fun!

From the tortilla toss at the starting line to the last walker who crosses the finish line on stilts, Bay to Breakers is a celebration of life, laughter, and the personality of San Francisco. Join the pink-ape mascot Ape Hashbury, bumblebees, brides, unicorns, naked runners wearing Garmins, and probably at least one Thanos in this world-renowned race-slash-party.

It’s Relaxed! (Until It Isn’t)

Enjoy a flat course through some of San Francisco’s most iconic neighborhoods—until you reach Hayes Street Hill at the two-mile mark. This monster hill rises over 200 feet above sea level, with a steepest grade of 11.15%. (Runner’s World named it one of its top “Sublime Climbs,” so it can’t be all bad, right?)

You’ll Be, Like, Famous!

Love having people gaze upon you in adoration? 80,000 spectators, volunteers, and staff line the race course each year, adding up to 160,000 eyeballs on your form, your costume, and your incredible speed.