Bay to Breakers Media Outlet

Updated – Friday, March 12, 2021, 9 AM PST

2021 Bay to Breakers is going virtual

Runners encouraged to complete the iconic 12K race race remotely

San Francisco, CA – March 12, 2021 – Bay to Breakers announced today that the iconic yearly event, scheduled for August 22nd will once again be produced as a virtual race for 2021, offering participants the option to complete their run between May 16th and June 2nd, 2021.

Last October, Bay to Breakers event organizers along with the City and County of San Francisco decided to move the traditional May event to August in hopes of producing an in-person event. After assessing the continued impact of the COVID-19 outbreak, it has been determined that due to the size and nature of the event, the race will be operated virtually.

“Initially, securing the August date gave us hope that we would be able to host the in-person event,” said John Kane, Capstone Event Group CEO. “Although we are now moving to a virtual race once more, we look forward to keeping the Bay to Breakers tradition alive with our participants.”

Since the virtual race is going virtual, why wait until August? Bay to Breakers race will be moving back to the traditional 3rd Sunday of May and will now conclude on Global Running Day.  All currently registered and new participants looking for a wild experience can complete their virtual run from May 16 – June 2, 2021.

Participants will receive their medal and bib as well as bonus swag. Plus, a portion of all registrations will be donated to the California Wildfire Relief Fund, helping those affected by last summer’s wildfires.

Registrants that do not want to participate in this year’s virtual run can defer their registration into Bay to Breakers 2022. Deferral fees have been waived.

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About Bay to Breakers

Bay to Breakers originally started with the purpose of unifying a recovering San Francisco community after a devastating event. For the past 110 years, the Bay to Breakers race has done just that. Now in 2021, though we’ll meet virtually, that celebration is needed now more than ever. We still want the athleticism, the spirit, and the determination to flow across the bay into the breakers and keep the tradition alive.

Media Contact:

Casey Bailey
Capstone Event Group

Update – Thursday, March 12, 2020, 7 a.m. PDT

The City of San Francisco has prohibited gatherings of 1,000 or more persons, initially in effect for two weeks, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. This update is an extension of the City’s original ban of non-essential group activities at city-owned facilities.

The status of the 2020 Bay to Breakers, scheduled for May 31, has not changed.

To read the mayor’s statement, visit this link:

Bay to Breakers Statement Regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak – Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Bay to Breakers team is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and is aware that all non-essential group activities have been banned at San Francisco-owned facilities through March 20. We will continue to speak frequently with city officials to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive them. 

Given that Bay to Breakers is not scheduled to take place until May 31, there are currently no plans to cancel the 2020 event. However, we will ultimately adhere to any policies set forth by the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

You are working hard to prepare for Bay to Breakers and we wish we could provide more certainty amidst the growing uncertainties surrounding Bay area events. Rest assured, we will notify runners if there are any changes to the status of the 2020 event and how those changes affect your 2020 registration.  

If you have already made the personal decision not to participate in the 2020 event, our standard deferral option is available to you at