There are few events in the world quite like the Bay to Breakers.
The San Francisco race features thousands of people "competing" on a run from the east side of the city toward the ocean to the west, spanning a distance of 12 kilometers. While there are a number of people concerned about winning, the true spirit of the event is the party-like atmosphere that features runners wearing costumes and sometimes nothing at all.
San Francisco comedian Cara Tramontano might have explained it best:
Under Armour was there to capture the start of the race with tens of thousands ready to take off:
The event's official account then showed the first runners approaching the finish line:
Geoffrey Kenisi was the winner of this exciting race, via KGO Radio:
Geoffrey Kenisi has come in 1st place. Race time: 35 mins, 6 seconds. #BaytoBreakers— KGO Radio (@kgoradio) May 18, 2014
Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle provided a look at the celebration from Kenisi after he crossed the finish line:
While the runner deserves plenty of credit for his first-place finish, competitors outside of the winner's circle also showed that they could have plenty of fun.
Here is a look at some of the crazier costumes from people taking part in the race:
My favorite Bay to Breakers costume is "Tetris." pic.twitter.com/1RHOQ2beSA— Ben Sandofsky (@sandofsky) May 18, 2014
Bay to Breakers. You amuse me. pic.twitter.com/CDDsohK7kM— John Gesimondo (@jmondo) May 18, 2014
All of this insanity shows why the Bay to Breakers is one of the most unique competitions in the world. It is a thrill for the majority of the city (at least those not affected by the traffic), and it is an annual event that fans can look forward to every year.
While the race itself is always captivating and offers runners a unique opportunity to compete, there's no doubt the fun atmosphere is just as special and is what makes this race exciting every year. It provides people not even partaking in the race an entertaining and enjoyable experience.
With this type of participation and overall enjoyment, it's safe to say the event won't go away anytime soon.
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