At 8 a.m., the elite runnners had finished their race. By 11 a.m., the party -- and the police -- were just getting started.
Police arrested 19 people during and after the annual Bay to Breakers footrace/costume party/alcohol extravaganza by 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, according to the San Francisco Appeal online newspaper.
By 11 a.m., police had cited eight people for offenses including drinking in public and possession of marijuana, according to a police spokesman. By 5:30 p.m., 19 had been arrested for crimes as of yet unknown, police reported.
Despite an outright "zero-tolerance" ban on alcoholic beverages, drinks of all types were "consumed openly" along the race route, according to reports.
A total of 50,000 people ran, walked, stumbled, or did all three naked, in the 7.46 mile race from The Embarcader to Ocean Beach.