Bay to Breakers 2012 Photos: Unforgettably Nutty Costumes from Unique Race

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Bay to Breakers 2012 Photos: Unforgettably Nutty Costumes from Unique Race
Photo credit: Siana Hristova, The Chronicle

The Bay to Breakers is awesome. It's not easy to make a long-distance run entertaining, but this race pulls it off.

There are some serious competitors like Kenya's Sammy Kitwara, who won this San Francisco 12k race with a time of 34:40.5, or Ethiopian Mamitu Daska, who won the women's competition with a time of 39:02.4. 

But this is a race where the winners don't hog the spotlight. Check out some of these photos and you'll see why. 

We should start with this one taken from the race, which gives us a good idea of the likely muse for many of these outfits.

Photo credit: Kevin Johnson, The Chronicle

That's right, a little vodka and Sprite takes the place of the customary water for some in this unique long-distance race. Let's just hope the brides in the main picture didn't partake in a beverage like this and then decided not to let their outfits go to waste.

For that matter, it would probably be best if these guys didn't have a few drinks and decide to do real construction work.

Photo credit: Kevin Johnson, The Chronicle

I have no idea what to call this outfit. The sunglasses and and mustache would have him fitting in down at the local police station, but the spandex, knee-high green socks and funky cup leave me totally baffled. 

Photo credit: Siana Hristova, The Chronicle

There are also quite a few pictures of contestants who decide the best costume is no costume at all, and I don't mean they are in traditional running gear. They are in the buff. I will spare you of those pictures. 

This next picture is amazing. I mean scientist need to investigate how this cat attained bipedal movement. 

Photo credit: Siana Hristova, The Chronicle

This outfit is complete stroke of genius. Not only does it allow the wearers to participate in the fun of wearing of a costume, but it is also an effective strategy for winning. I would be afraid to pass anyone with those freaky faces staring at me. 

Photo credit: Kevin Johnson, The Chronicle

After reviewing the photos from this race, it has become clear: this event is the greatest thing to happen to jogging since the invention of shoes. 

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