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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bay to Breakers

Bay to Breakers 2008


Approximately 65,000 people showed up for Bay To Breakers in San Francisco yesterday, despite the heat wave (temperature in the 90's), and the promised crack-down on alcohol and public urination.

Bay to Breakers is an annual 7.6 miles foot race, starting at one end of San Francisco, and ending on the other side of the City, "where breakers crash at Ocean Beach."(Wikipedia) For some it is a serious running race; for the vast majority, it is an opportunity to dress up in wild costumes, hang-out with friends, and party.




That day, you will see people drinking in the streets and nobody try to stop them. Well, at least that was the way it was for years and years. Last year, however, some of the kids *really* went overboard and really trashed the course by leaving a *huge* mess behind and urinating everywhere, and I do mean everywhere!! So this year, the City had to step in and attempt to curb the excess somewhat.



I'm not very good at taking photographs in a crowd, but the local paper has a few good ones right here. The photographs above and below were taken during last year's Bay to Breakers.

More about Bay 2 Breakers on Wikipedia and here.

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4 Comments:

Blogger claude said...

Hello Tomate farcie ! I hope you are very fine.
Je pense avoir vu cela à la télé. J'espère que je ne confonds pas avec autre chose. Est-ce là où tout le monde traverse la bie sur le Golden gate Bridge ?

12:09 AM  
Blogger AphotoAday said...

Oh cool -- last year I was at the top of the Hayes St. Hill where you were -- it's a good spot...

Brad Evans was saying (and showing) that the lighting under the overpass near the start of the race is interesting...

This year I positioned myself on the block-long cross-over on Divisidero -- it's about the only place on the course where the sun isn't at the back of the runner's heads...

That's quite a "gaggle" of Elvis's you have there...

It's always a mystery where all these people come from... Masses with not much other on their minds than to have a good time... Party hardy...

7:12 PM  
Anonymous Brad said...

I really like your Elvis and chef's pix!

This was the 1st time shooting B2B for me, so am not sure what I'll do next year. The start line was OK this time, but seemed a bit static...

Was a lot of fun though...

7:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the wonderful presentation of B2B.

Eileen and I have participated as part of the "Back of the Pack" for the past several years, and hope to participate during the one hundreth.

Keep up the grat blog, and all the best for your vacation.


Jim & Eileen Fraser
Morgan Hill, CA

7:22 PM  

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