Bay to Breakers 2013: Highlighting Top Runners from Sunday's Race

Jesse Reed@@JesseReed78Correspondent IMay 19, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 17:  A runner wearing a costume takes part in the ING Bay to Breakers race May 17, 2009 in San Francisco, California.  Now in its 98th year, the ING Bay to Breakers 12K is one of the world's largest and oldest footraces, featuring world-class athletes in addition to costumed runners.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The 2013 Bay to Breakers was a phenomenal hit. Thousands of people participated in the San Francisco race, which began at Howard and Main streets, wound its way through Golden Gate Park and finished at Ocean Beach.

On the men's side, Ethiopian Tolossa Gedefa Fufi was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 35 minutes and one second, as announced by KGO Radio in San Francisco: 

American runner Ryan Hall finished in second place with a time of 35:40. ASICS America captured this image of Hall crossing the finish line:

According to's Will Cane and Peter Hartlaub, Fufi's first-place time was the slowest winning time since 2003 and only the second time in the race's history that the winning time was over 35 minutes. 

Racers blamed a new course design that featured more turns at Golden State Park than in previous years, per the report.

On the woman's side, Diane Nukuri-Johnson of Burundi finished in first place with a time of 40:12. KGO Radio again shared the news:

Meanwhile Adrienne Herzog of the Netherlands came in right behind her in second place with a time of 40:14.

Unlike most races that feature world-class athletes, the Bay to Breakers features a massive contingency of amateur runners who famously come to the race wearing zany costumes of all shapes, sizes and make.

The pristine, fog-free weather in the Bay Area on Sunday morning made for a perfect setting for these amateurs to show off their costumes and have a roaring good time.

As usual, many of the costumed "participants" weren't even registered. Traditionally, many of the locals hop into the fray for a few blocks and then hop back out when they tire out.

Even though this is a serious event for the small percentage of elite runners who participate, there's no doubt the Bay to Breakers is more of a party than anything else for most. This year's party went off without a hitch, and you can be sure next year's big event will be just as fun.


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