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...
Kenya's Philemon Cheboi repeated as the winner of the men's race at San Francisco's Bay to Breakers on Sunday morning, while Jane Kibii took home the top spot for the women. Cheboi came in with a time of 35:41 while Tanzania's Gabriel Geay came in second (36:04) and United States runner Aaron Braun finished third (36:45). Kibii came in with a time of 40:27 and had a bit fun posing for the cameras after her run. Times were slower this year because of the headwind most of the way. (05/20/2018) ⚡AMP
Love it or hate it, Bay to Breakers
is a San Francisco staple and is returning on Sunday — costumed runners, half-naked dance parties and all. The 12k-course, or almost 7.5 miles, goes from downtown to Ocean Beach, passing through distinct areas like Hayes Valley, Golden Gate Park, and the Sunset. If you’re looking to get out of your usual neighborhoods with runners in tutus, inflatable donuts and dressed as a Bloody Mary along the way, this is the place to do it. Whether you’re running, participating without actually running, people watching, or just trying to avoid the madness, here are some things to know about Bay to Breakers this Sunday: 1. Runners can show up at 6 a.m. but will make their break from the bay starting at 8 a.m. The race starts off at Howard and Main streets. The route largely uses Howard, Hayes, and Fell streets before taking up John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park and ending at Ocean Beach. 2. The starting line just a couple blocks from Embarcadero station, where BART and Muni will be shuttling people in and out. Because of the street closures, the SFMTA warns that there are only two options to cross the flow of runners is the Embarcadero and Crossover Drive, which is the road in Golden Gate Park linking 19th and 25th avenues. 3. Weather - Jackets may not be feasible with some wacky costumes but it would come in handy. It’s expected to be windy, partly cloudy and with temperatures in the low 60s. (05/18/2018) ⚡AMPby Ida Mojadad/ SF Weekly
Bay to Breakers
features a special team division called "centipedes." Dwayne "Peanut" Harms and Doug Peck came up with the idea and were members of the first-ever "Pede," all members of the UC Davis men's track team, ("Aggies"). A special division of the 12K race was created in which 13 runners are connected as a unit with a "Head Pede" out front which is the leader of the centipede. An additional runner, a floater, usually the team captain, is allowed to run along untethered to pace the team or substitute for a drop out runner. Despite the novelty, the centipede race is very competitive. The record for men which is very fast was set in 2012. Team Linkedin (photo) clocked 36:44, which is 4:55 per mile. The same year the Impala Racing Team posted 46:37 for the women's record. The Bay to Breakers is the official site of the World Centipede Running Championships which is now sponsored by Saucony. Dwayne Harms wrote, "On May 14, 1978, at the 68th running of the Bay to Breakers, the world’s first Centipede was unveiled to the public. We quickly rolled out the Centipede in front of a crowd of other runners about 30 minutes before the race. I clearly remember how other runners and spectators that were in the area had cheered, laughed and made jokes about the Centipede once we had all gotten in our proper positions and donned our antennae and feelers. These people had no idea what this group of crazy UCD distance runners were about to do. They had never seen anything quite like it. It was not only weird, but also crazy and fun." Peanut continued, "Now, 40 years after our first UCD Aggie Centipede, I still find it hard to believe that this fun-loving group of runners I trained with, raced with and socialized with for so many years at UCD put together the idea to run in the world’ first Centipede which has now become so famous." (05/17/2018) ⚡AMP
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) ⚡AMPby Bob Anderson