Crazy costumes are as much a part of the Bay to Breakers tradition as the actual running.
You could call the San Francisco-based event the perfect mix of athleticism and exhibitionism. Blended together, the two isms make for a pretty good time—or so it seems.
The 2014 Bay to Breakers race took place on Sunday, and the winner on the women's side of the 12K race was the lovely Diane Nukuri Johnson for her second straight victory in the event.
On the men's side, the accomplished Kenyan runner Geoffrey Kenisi was the first to cross the finish line.
Now that we got that out of the way, let's talk about the bizarre and fun outfits.
Software developer Steve Streza captured this image.
Perhaps the man in the horse's head was inspired by California Chrome's recent success at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes.
In any case, I suppose the head is the end of a horse one would rather impersonate.
Cats and dogs can obviously live in harmony. Or maybe they just run together. What exactly is going on in this image from Forbes' Kashmir Hill?
Did these guys take images of their cat and dog and have them airbrushed on a runner's one-piece?
Give them credit for coordinating. It takes teamwork to make the dream work.
Check out this image from Danielle Paquette of the Washington Post.
What's worse? That three people and a dog are dressed as fictional characters from children's programs, or that the dog doesn't appear to be afraid of the humans?
It probably means this type of dress-up is normal. That's fun and a little scary all at the same time.
If you look at the picture, you'll probably smile at first. But don't stare at Ernie's face too long, it'll give you nightmares.
This image from Cathy Gellis, seems like imagery from a San Francisco-flavored joke. It starts off like this: "So I was riding Muni today, and all of a sudden, a Teletubby got on." You can fill in your own punchline from here.
Cool... But Hot
The guy in this tweet from Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle gets props for a cool Indiana Jones costume, but he had to be burning up running 7.5 miles in this getup.
He was probably 300 pounds before the race began.
He doesn't even have on running shoes.
Perhaps if I knew what the concept was for this group effort, I could appreciate it more. Also, where does the chicken fit in?
The tweet comes from Kathleen Smith of Kikki Planet, but it appears as if the theme of these guys' Bay to Breakers costume is indeed out of this world.
Whatever works for you.