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108 years of tradition hit the streets of San Francisco Sunday morning.
Gabriel Geay is the overall winner of the 108th annual Alaska Air Bay to Breakers with a time of 35:01, organizers announced via the Twitter account for the race.
The Bay to Breakers winner spoke with KTVU reporter Sara Zendehnam after crossing the finish line, saying “the course is tough, there’s a big hill, downhills.”
The female division winner was Carlone Rotich, with a time of 39:28.
Tens of thousands braved the wet weather to participate in the annual event.
Race officials said it’s the first time in 14 years it rained hard on race day, but that didn’t stop runners from putting their unique costumes on display.
Victoria Macias and her friends dressed up as Supreme Court Justice Ruth Badar Ginsburg.
They put a lot of thought into their costumes, “We’ve been planning this since October. We wanted to dress up as a strong female figure,” said Macias.
While runner Eugene Asuncion’s decision was last minute, “Went to Party City had some left over Halloween things on clearance and I said, ‘How about some avocados?’”
From the start line where tortillas were thrown in the air to the finish line, the energy and excitement was felt all throughout the city.
“It was epic. We had so much fun,” said runner Shamra and Andrew Martin.
The morning 12K race started near the Embarcadero and finished at the Great Highway.(05/20/2019) ⚡AMP
San Francisco’s Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers is an annual footrace operated by Wasserman Events and has run continuously for over 100 year as a staple to the City by the Bay. 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...more...
The Bay to Breakers (BTB) is one of the most popular footraces in the United States. On May 18, 1986 the annual 12K race in San Francisco drew 110,000 participants.
The Guiness Book of World Records recognized it as the world's largest footrace until October 10, 2010 when an event in Malina had 116,086 participants. The BTB route is typically dotted with various local bands performing.
In February 2009, SF city officials and race sponsors announced changes to the race regulations. The regulations included an official ban on floats, alcohol, drunkenness and nudity.
The changes were made to address the concerns of San Francisco residents along the route, who say the race has gotten out of hand in recent years.
Many Bay Area residents said the changes would destroy much that has made the race a national treasure for most of the last century...
The first BTB was run January 1, 2012. American's men won every year until Australian's Chris Wardlaw won in 1976 clocking 37:28. Runners from Kenya have dominated since 1991, winning 25 times out of 27. The course record is held by Kenya's Sammy Kitwara set in 2009 when he clocked 33:31.
The first women to official run was Frances Conley in 1966. She clocked 1:00:07. Six-year-old Mary Etta Boitano won in 1969 clocking 1:01:12. Mary also won in 1974, 1975 and 1976. Her best time was 43:22 (1974) which was the course record until Laurie Binder broke it in 1979 clocking 43:07.
The women's course record was set in 2010 when Kenya's Lineth Chepkurui clocked 38:07. The one runner who won the most times was Kenny Moore who won six times in a row between 1968 to 1973. His best time being 36:39 (1972).
Moore ran in the Olympic marathon at both Mexico City and Munich, finishing fourth in 1972. After his running career, Moore became a journalist and screenwriter. He had a twenty-five-year career covering athletics for Sports Illustrated.
Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers is a race built by the people. Since 1912, Over 2 million costumed runners, walkers, elites and centipedes have completed the iconic 12K journey from the San Francisco Bay to the breakers on Ocean Beach.(05/10/2018) ⚡AMP