Elite Runner Info

Race Overview

San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers – one of the oldest consecutively run annual footraces in the world – 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 108 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 2020 edition will take place on Sunday, May 31.

See below for a breakdown of the 2020 elite purse and the Hayes Hill Challenge


1st Place: $2,000

2nd Place: $1,500

3rd Place: $1,250

4th Place: $1,000

5th Place: $750


1st Place: $750

2nd Place: $550

3rd Place: $500

4th Place: $250

5th Place: $200

Hayes Hill Challenge

San Francisco is known for its steep hills that fill the city. 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


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. Please note: Age group awards will not be mailed out! You must pick up age group awards at the customer service tent at the Toyota Finish Line Festival.