In the Spring of 2009, Lexi had to go to San Francisco for work – poor girl. I took advantage of this torture and we turned it into a combo work/girls trip. While we were out and about shopping, we came across signs for the Bay to Breakers 12k foot race (The Bay to Breakers) which was set to kick off during our stay. I always heard this race was pretty crazy – people dress up in wild costumes or nothing at all. Of course we went straight to the registration booth and signed up. Because we registered so late, I think we were in the VERY last wave.
The next day we arrived at the start with our goofy heart shaped sunglasses and Nike running gear – that was the best we could do for a costume – lame-o. We realized very quickly that being in the last wave meant we were with all of the drunk college kids who were throwing corn tortillas around like frisbees. Not only did we get beaned in the head by a flying tortilla, but a very inebriated runner asked us if we were moms. I literally wanted to pummel her….not that there is anything wrong with being a mom, it was that she insinuated we were old ladies.
The race finally started and along the way, we saw naked runners with saggy rear-ends and boobs, men dressed up as women, and people running with kegs in tow. I don’t think they can do the keg thing anymore, but rest assured, sobriety and clothing are still not required to participate.
All in all, this is one of my favorite fun runs of all time as you run through Golden Gate Park and it is incredibly entertaining. One thing to note, the t-shirts SUCKED in 2009. They were cotton and had a windmill that covered the entire shirt – that quickly went to good will. I couldn’t bring myself to pass it on to Greg to wear, it would have been the equivalent of approving black socks with tennis shoes.
The expo is excellent and you are sure to have a good laugh along the way. If you want a decent finish time, I suggest you register way in advance so you are ahead of all of the frat boys and girls. Or, just go with it and take your time – the photo opportunities are priceless so bring a camera.