The Bay to Breakers race is one of the longest running traditions in San Francisco. Not to be confused with a world-class marathon, the BTB is more of a celebration of the culture of the city.
The official website for the race describes the event as follows:
A quintessential San Francisco experience for 102 years, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breakers and the Bay.
This year's version will take place on Sunday, May 18 at 11 a.m. ET.
Here's more details on this historic event.
Beginning near the San Francisco Bay, the 12K race starts at Main and Howard. It rolls through the heart of the city to the Great Highway at Lincoln.
From a spectator's standpoint, Andrea Abney of The San Francisco Chronicle said:
Some of the best pre-race views can be had near Embarcadero Station, near the starting line. During the race, your best bet is at the top of Hayes Street Hill. And, at the end, check out the finish line on the Great Highway.
You can see the full route and map here.
Other Things to Know and Watch For
Zero Tolerance for Alcohol and Wheeled Devices
The race's official website states that any person with alcohol or wheeled devices will be ejected from the event, and they will not receive a refund.
Safety is a priority for the Wasserman Media Group, the entity that runs the event. Keeping it free of those two things is clearly at the top of the organizer's agenda.
So if you're planning to attend, don't be the guy or girl that security has to make an example of.
Crazy outfits are as much a part of the event as the actual race. The official Twitter account for the Hyatt Regency is anticipating some doozies this year.
Can't wait to see all the creative and fun costumes at this weekend @BaytoBreakers race! Best of luck to all the runners!— HyattRegencySF (@HyattRegencySF) May 14, 2014
This tweet came from the Twitter account of the race. Women dressed up as super heroes should make everyone happy.
Like all of the versions before this one, Sunday's race should be quite the event.