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The Princess, Mario Kart, and the Mushroom climb Hayes Hill for the 98th running of Bay to Breakers in 90+ degree heat in San Francisco on Sunday May 17, 2009.
The 12K race is no easy feat, especially when you factor in Hayes Street Hill.
Let’s be honest. Bay to Breakers is a 7 mile long street party celebrating the laid back culture that accepts everyone whether in running shoe, costume, body paint or none of the above.
The race itself was created to give the people of San Francisco hope while they rebuilt after the 1906 quake. About 150 runners took to the streets in 1912 for what was known then as the "Cross City Race."
For many, just participating speaks to the rebellious heart of the city. Organizers strongly recommend registering because you get a cool shirt and can feel good about helping with clean up costs. However, thousands ignore that rule.
B2B is also one of those tri-annual occasions where the only real thing shocking about a naked old man walking down the street is that both cheeks are bright red because of a lack of sunscreen.
Race organizers try to crackdown on the drinking and nudity every year and so far have not been very successful. It just adds to the truly San Francisco feel. The people take on "the man."
The race got its current name at the height of the cultural revolution. In 1964- just before the Grateful Dead became known as the Grateful Dead, organizers renamed the race Bay to Breakers.
In just two years- people from across the world came to the city by the bay to have some fun.
DOIN' IT WELL:
On that note, bring sunscreen and let the sun shine in.