Is it a race? Is it a party? Is it an excuse to be naked in public? While plenty of people were competing in earnest—and we applaud them—we had our eyes set on the costumes and revelry that make each B2B a memorable one. We think we can officially say that SF does footraces better than everyone else.
NSFW: Buff to Breakers
Bay to Breakers - Images | D. Ross Cameron Photography
Growing up in Southern California, I remember a high level of concern my parents seemed to have about my exposure to streaking. In the same way a once-dormant disease can rise up and spread through a local population, our area was apparently experiencing an unexplained outbreak. As I understood it, sometimes when a man and a woman loved each other very, very much, they ran through a parking lot with their clothes off. Or they would run into a park and meet up with other people who loved each other very, very much, who would tear off their pants and run naked through the town until the police made them stop. If I happened to be around when the streakers came, I was to quickly look away. The warning was given as seriously as those for any other childhood danger—never look at the sun, never pet a strange dog, never take candy from a stranger, and if naked adults ever run in your direction, cover your eyes, hold your breath, and wait for them to pass. The idea of a grown-up running naked in the full sun was stunning, but the implication that witnessing such a thing might damage me in some way made it simultaneously repellent and tantalizing.
Lots of fun. Lots of costumes. Both of them are excellent.
If you are looking for a true San Francisco experience, then head to the city on Sunday, May 19, for the annual Bay to Breakers race. Now in its th year, this event is a San Francisco original. This 12K race is one of the largest and oldest running events in the world. It attracts more than 50, runners and , spectators every year.