Bay to Breakers FAQs

These FAQs are a reflection of the 2019 Event, 2020 FAQs will be coming soon!


When is the 2020 race?

The 109th Bay to Breakers race will take place on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

When does registration open?

Registration for the 2020 event is coming soon!

Can I get a refund for my registration?

Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers adheres to the standard running industry policy: All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This is noted on our registration application and when you register for our events you must agree to this policy. You may not give or sell your number to another individual – doing so could result in your disqualification as well as the runner using your race number. The entry fee for this year’s event will NOT transfer to next year’s event, no exceptions. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, pregnancy, etc. There are NO exceptions.

What corral should I choose to start the race?

We offer 10 different starting corrals for participants to choose from, each based on the pace they plan to take on the course. The corral choices are:

SEEDED*: Sub- 6 minutes per mile pace
SUB-SEEDED*: 6-7 minutes per mile pace
CORRAL A: 7-8 minutes per mile pace
CORRAL B: 8-9 minutes per mile pace
CORRAL C:9-10 minutes per mile pace
*Must provide link to race results verifying your pace

CORRAL D: 10-11 minutes per mile pace
CORRAL E: 11-12 minutes per mile pace
CORRAL F: 12+ minutes per mile pace
CORRAL G:Walkers

What is the deadline for Mail Packet?

The deadline for mailed race packets was April 21, 2019. Mail packets will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before the race.

I’ve already registered, can I upgrade to VIP or add mail packet to my registration?

Information on 2020 registration will be coming soon!

Where and when do I pick up my race packet?

2020 packet pick-up details will be announced closer to race day!

What is the parking situation at Pier 35?

There is no main parking lot for Pier 35, and we have recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance through Spot Hero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot for the Orig3n Health & Wellness Expo, visit the Pier 35 SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app.

Reserve Parking

There are additional parking structures at Pier 39 (Embarcadero & Beach St.) as well as the Northpoint Centre Shopping Center (Bay St. & Powell St.).

Can someone else pick up my packet for me?

Yes, someone else can pick up your packet as long as they have a copy of your ID and order number.

If I purchased the mail option, when should I expect my packet? What comes with it?

Race packet information will be available closer to race day!

When is the last day to register?

2020  registration information will be available soon!

Will transportation be available to and from the race?

You can relax in top-of-the-line vehicles to comfortably get you around on race day shuttles for complete round-trip service from one of their three pick up locations around the Bay Area or utilize their express service back to the starting area or BART from the Finish Line Festival.

You will also be able to purchase Muni passes through the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers registration platform that will good for all of race day on all lines except cable car.

BART and Caltrans passes must be purchased through those respective agencies.

More info can be found here.

Is there a military, veteran or first responder discount?

Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers is proud to offer an exclusive discount to active military, veterans, first responders and their family members.  Special discount codes are distributed through Follow the links below to redeem your discount code.

  • Military Service Members and Veterans click HERE
  • First Responders click HERE

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When does the race start?

The 108th Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers will start at 8am. We recommend getting to your corrals at least 45 minutes before your scheduled start time.

When does my corral start (2018 times below for reference)?

Seeded Division: 8:00 AM
Sub-Seeded Division: 8:02 AM
Corral A: 8:05 AM
Corral B: 8:10 AM
Corral C: 8:20 AM
Corral D: 8:30 AM
Corral E: 8:40 AM
Corral F: 8:45 AM
Corral G: 8:50 AM
Corral H: 8:55 AM

Where is my corral entrance located (2018 map below for reference)?

Please see map below:

Start Area Map By to BreakersAre bags allowed on the race course?

Due to heightened security procedures, bags, backpacks and containers are banned from the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers race course, unless they are clear and are no larger than 8.5”x11”x4”. Participants will not be allowed to enter the starting area, race course or Finish Line Festival with any bag that does not conform to these rules. Any bag that does not conform to this rule will be searched, and the runner will be asked to leave the course. Participants will be able to purchase a bag that conforms to these rules at the Orig3n Health & Wellness Expo on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18.

Running belts and fanny packs are allowed on the race course. As a general rule, anything that can be put over the shoulder (such as Camelbacks or hydration vests) are not allowed on the race course.

Is alcohol or other substances allowed on the race course?

Absolutely not. All alcohol and other illicit substances will be removed from the race course immediately. The person with the item will be ejected from the event and is subject to arrest.

What roads will be closed during the race?

Please be aware a large number of city and park roads will be closure for the race. Please click HERE to reference all closures and times.

Note the only north-south crossover points are at the Embarcadero & Howard St in SOMA and Crossover Dr. in Golden Gate Park.

Can I run the race without registering?

Any person not properly displaying a properly authorized and issued bib will be directed to leave the course.

What is the age minimum to register?

Children 3 and older must register for the race. Children 2 and under are free.

Are strollers allowed on the race course?

Strollers are not permitted on the race course. Based on USA Track and Field Competition Rules and the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers Rules of Competition, no baby joggers, baby strollers, skate boards, roller blades, unauthorized bicycles or any other wheeled device will be permitted on the course.

Are wheelchairs allowed on the race course?

Authorized and registered competitive wheelchair participants are encouraged to participate! Once registered, please contact to secure proper race day access. For more information on ADA access at the Finish Line Festival please contact

Is race merchandise available for purchase?

Unfortunately, race merchandise is no longer available for purchase.

Are bikes allowed on the race course?

Only authorized course marshals are allowed to use bikes on the race course.

Will there be security on course?

Participants’ safety and security is our #1 priority. We will have police officers and security guards at the Start Line, on course and at the Finish Line Festival. If participants see any suspicious activity they are encouraged to report it to the nearest staff member.

Is parking available around the start area?

We recommend booking convenient and affordable parking in advance  through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

New to SpotHero? Download the SpotHero iPhone | Android app.

Reserve Parking

I can’t run this year, can I volunteer instead?

Of course! We couldn’t put on a race of this size without the help of volunteers. For more information about volunteering, please click here.