In your annual reminder that San Francisco is truly a one-of-a-kind city, Bay to Breakers has returned.
If you're one of the seven people who will be running Sunday's 12K seriously, it's probably time to start stretching—or doing whatever it is athletic people do.
If you're one of the thousands gearing up for the Mardi Gras-esque parade/mobile party/energetic romp through the city, you're probably more concerned with putting the finishing touches on your costume.
Either way, Bay to Breakers is a unique event that paints a portrait of what the city represents.
The San Francisco Chronicle's C.W. Nevius put it best (via SFgate.com):
The B to B, which takes place Sunday, is homegrown, inspired foolishness. It's getting up at the crack of dawn, on what is likely to be a chilly, foggy morning, and making your way from one side of town to the other. It's a reminder that this is a city of hills, that it borders the ocean, and that the Bay Area is full of energetic, offbeat people who love a party and are willing to rock a pink tutu and a bra made out of coconut shells. And that's just the men.
Whether you plan to celebrate with an actual run, a wild party or simply want to be able to navigate the city on a Sunday morning, here's a look at everything you need to know.
Schedule of Events
Race Start: 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET)
Awards Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. PT (1:30 p.m. ET)
Finish Line Festival Concert: 11 a.m.-noon PT (2-3 p.m. ET)
The aptly named race starts at San Francisco Bay at Howard and Main and ends on the Great Highway next to the Pacific coast, where breakers crash onto Ocean Beach.
According to Weather.com, it will be in the high 50s and partly cloudy to start the race. It will continue to warm up and the clouds should dissipate by 10 a.m. PT.
There's also a zero percent chance of precipitation. I like those odds.
As he also notes, however, alcohol has always been banned. People are, well, either creative or just know how to plan ahead.
Bags must also be clear and smaller than 8.5 x 11 x 4 inches. Alamo Square has also been closed off due to reports of disorderly race onlookers in the past.
As has always been the case, though, don't expect any of that to detract from what is one of the most original, fun, quirky and entertaining annual events across the nation.