Bay to Breakers 2012: Ranking Costumes We Want to See at San Francisco Footrace

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMay 17, 2012

While there are surely some runners out there who will take the Bay To Breakers race seriously, the vast majority of participants are going to do their best to entertain themselves and the fine people who follow the race.

Over the years, the Bay To Breakers has become synonymous with zany, outrageous costumes from the runners--though in some instances they will run wearing only their birthday suits. 

With that in mind, here are some of the best costumes that we want to see from the obviously die-hard running community in San Francisco. 


No. 3 Sacha Baron Cohen's "Dictator" Look

This may not be the most laugh out loud funny costume, but it would definitely be timely with the the movie The Dictator hitting theaters this week. Plus, the idea of someone running seven miles dressed as a power-craving dictator with no filter would be a sight to see. 

The one drawback to wearing that whole costume--beard and all--is you would get so sweaty it would look like you had fallen into a pool during a rainstorm. Since these people have no shame, it would not be the worst idea ever. 

If people have the guts to run around naked, why shouldn't someone else have the wherewithal to run around fully clothed. 


No. 2 Centipede

One of the things that the Bay To Breakers race is known for is its use of 13-person teams that are connected on their journey through San Francisco called "centipedes."

Instead of someone volunteering to be part of a team, why not just design your own centipede costume? It would allow them to get clever with their costume, while doing something that is directly related to the race. 

The only problem is, the costume could get so long that it would be difficult to run or walk. If you wanted to use teammates, you could create a big enough centipede costume to fit multiple people and make it easier to move. 


No. 1 Na'vi

While slightly dated since the movie Avatar came out in 2009, the costume for the Na'vi would be one of the easiest to pull off in a race like this, and it would make you one of the most easily recognizable people in a race that is filled with crazy characters. 

If you want to do something to stand out, why not paint your entire body blue, put on a black wig with a long ponytail?

Plus, as an added bonus, you can learn the language the people speak and try to confuse anyone who tries talking to you. It's a win-win for so many reasons.