The 103rd running of the Bay to Breakers in San Francisco, California, was a resounding success and another reminder that the one-of-a-kind event is an ode to one of America's most unique cities.
Kenya's Geoffrey Kenisi stormed through the finish line first with a time of 35 minutes and 6 seconds, as detailed by local San Francisco radio station KGO:
Geoffrey Kenisi has come in 1st place. Race time: 35 mins, 6 seconds. #BaytoBreakers— KGO Radio (@kgoradio) May 18, 2014
The race's official Instagram account captured the special moment:
After his triumph, Kenisi broke into dance, as captured by Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle:
Diane Johnson of Africa was the first female contestant to cross the finish line, per the race's Twitter account:
Fans of the annual spectacle will certainly recognize Johnson's name, as she took home the top prize last year as well. In typical Bay to Breakers fashion, she celebrated her win with a pink gorilla, via Hartlaub:
ABC7 provided a look at the top finishers:
UPDATE: #BAYTOBREAKERS WINNERS: MEN: Geoffrey Kenisi, Emmanuel Bor, Kevin Kipruto Kochei WOMEN: Diane Johnson, Sara Hall, Sophy Jepchirchir— ABC7 News (@abc7newsBayArea) May 18, 2014
Of course, the spectacle in San Francisco is known more for its raucous and celebratory proceedings than the serious side of the race. For the uninitiated, the San Francisco Chronicle's C.W. Nevius provided an apt description beforehand:
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.
Suffice it to say, the event was far from a disappointment in this regard. The event was even delayed a short time thanks to race crashers, per R. Del Rosario of CBS San Francisco:
Runners got a late start Sunday morning at the 103rd annual Bay To Breakers. Approximately 23 minutes late due to security issues that occurred at the starting line. San Francisco Police delayed the race due to a concern of race crashers that may interfere with the elite runners. Also equipment removal in Hayes Valley was a factor in the postponement.
As is tradition, the race began with a tortilla toss, as Wendy Thurm of Sports On Earth recorded:
Attendance-wise, the race was an obvious success, as Instagram shows:
Ben Sandofsky even provided a thrilling look at the action from above:
Bay to Breakers https://t.co/QwpAENof9T— Ben Sandofsky (@sandofsky) May 18, 2014
But let's be honest, those not in attendance flock to the event for its wacky costumes, which the 2014 iteration certainly provided. Here's a taste, via Twitter:
Even Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu made an appearance. Well, sort of:
As Betsie Larkin correctly points out, many chose to not wear a costume—if hardly anything at all:
Bay to breakers - San Francisco's 7 mile run (for many done in the buff!). Hilarious :) pic.twitter.com/f8fDERZUlZ— Betsie Larkin (@betsielarkin) May 18, 2014
Other notable festivities included a David Hasselhoff limbo stick and twerking—a sudden American tradition:
First guy in a "Twerk For Me" T-shirt finished at 55:31. "... I didn't see anyone (twerk). But the energy was good." pic.twitter.com/sa5OZe5yeb— Peter Hartlaub (@peterhartlaub) May 18, 2014
Evan Sernoffsky of the Chronicle was also on costume duty:
It was another year to remember for one of the nation's most unique events. The estimated crowd of around 150,000 people is a strong reminder that this tradition is not going away anytime soon.
It's always a fun atmosphere with plenty of great scenery and costumes. This makes it a perfect event for both competitors and casual folks.
Tune in again next year for more excitement from San Francisco.