Elite Runner Info

Race Overview

San Francisco’s Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers is one of the oldest consecutively run annual footraces in the world, and has been a staple to the City by the Bay since May 1912. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12k race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience for 107 years, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breaks and the Bay. The 2019 edition will take place on Sunday, May 19.


Garmin - Bay to Breakers

Open the course in Garmin Connect to view the interactive map and elevation profile. With a free Connect account, you can adjust the pace calculator to match your goal time and send the course to your compatible Garmin device for navigational guidance during training or real-time pacing on race day.

CLICK HERE to load the Garmin Connect page of this 12K Map and load it to your Garmin Device or download for any other use.

Elite Runner Perks

  • Large prize purse
  • Hotel accommodations at the Hyatt Regency
  • Complete course tour
  • Hospitality suite at hotel with some meals provided
  • Finish line area hospitality suite
  • Pre and post-race food and beverage

Records: 12k Distance


Male: 33:31, Sammy Kitwara (KEN)
Female: 37:50, Molly Huddle (USA)

Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers Course

Male: 33:31, Sammy Kitwara (KEN)
Female: 38:07, Lineth Chepkuri (KEN)

2018 Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers Male & Female Division Winners

Male: 35:41, Philemon Cheboi (KEN)
Female: 40:27, Jane Kibii (KEN)


1st Place: $2,000

2nd Place: $1,500

3rd Place: $1,250

4th Place: $1,000

5th Place: $750


1st Place: $1,000

2nd Place: $500

3rd Place: $250


1st Place: $750

2nd Place: $550

3rd Place: $500

4th Place: $250

5th Place: $200


World Record: $5,000

Course Record: $5,000

Hayes Hill Bonus: $1,000

Hayes Hill Challenge presented by Garmin

San Francisco is known for its steep hills that fill the city. The Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers features one of the most feared hills to climb, Hayes Hill. With an average grade of 5.5% (11.1% at its steepest), this .69 mile stretch of road is one of the toughest climbs in country. The male and female runner with the fastest time from base to peak of the hill will receive a $1,000 bonus! (NOTE: Runner must finish entire race in under 50 minutes in order to qualify for HHC.)

*Each division and record prize money will be for male and female athletes.

+Bay Area defined as those runners who have billing addresses in these nine (9) Bay Area counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin

General Info

Elite athletes must register for this event prior to race weekend. Coaches, managers, agents and or athletes must register with Elite Manager Danielle Domenichelli by emailing her at danielle@gosilverback.com.

Elite Athletes must provide travel itinerary to Danielle Domenichelli if they need to have transportation to the host hotel.

Managers and or coaches are required to make sure that elite athletes have cash in US dollars while they are
in San Francisco. Eligible elite runners will receive a travel stipend, hotel accomodations, transportation to host
hotel, some meals and a small per diem. Please speak with Danielle Domenichelli for eligibility details.

For more information, please click here.


Non-Elite athletes will have the opportunity to compete for Age Group awards. Medals will be given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in both Male and Female divisions starting from the 11-15 year old age bracket and increasing in five year increments up to age 80+.

Age Group awards will be given for both the traditional 12k distance as well as the Breakers Bonus 15k distance.