There’s a little bit of everything at the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco.
The 2014 edition did not disappoint on Sunday, as the event featured some of the top runners in the world alongside people dressed in animal and cartoon costumes. It truly is a party-like atmosphere, but that shouldn’t take away from the impressive performances that the respective winners put forth.
The Bay to Breakers is actually the oldest consecutively run annual footrace in the entire world, and it has been a San Francisco tradition since 1912. Racers started near the San Francisco Bay, and they finished 12 kilometers later at the Great Highway near the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach.
Kenya’s Geoffrey Kenisi finished in a blistering 35 minutes and six seconds, and he even had a little celebratory dance afterward, as Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle noted:
Kenisi fell short of the course record, partially because he set the pace for much of the race instead of settling in for stretches of a time behind other runners, but he was completely dominant. He held a sizable lead over second-place finisher Emmanuel Bor, who also hails from Kenya, heading into the stretch run.
While Kenisi was certainly impressive, Diane Johnson turned heads on the women’s side of things with her second consecutive Bay to Breakers title with a formidable time of 40 minutes and 15 seconds. She improved from her time a year ago even though she only started training for the race less than three weeks before it was scheduled because she was recuperating from the London Marathon.
ABC 7 News alerted fans of the top finishers for both the men and the women:
UPDATE: #BAYTOBREAKERS WINNERS: MEN: Geoffrey Kenisi, Emmanuel Bor, Kevin Kipruto Kochei WOMEN: Diane Johnson, Sara Hall, Sophy Jepchirchir— ABC7 News (@abc7newsBayArea) May 18, 2014
While the winners are certainly important at any race, the Bay to Breakers is entertaining in its own right because of the costumes and generally jovial atmosphere during the event. After all, how many sporting events start with a tortilla toss?
Evan Sernoffsky of the Chronicle and Ben Sandofsky captured a number of the costumes that were on display at the race:
My favorite Bay to Breakers costume is "Tetris." pic.twitter.com/1RHOQ2beSA— Ben Sandofsky (@sandofsky) May 18, 2014
The race was actually delayed for nearly a half hour because of scaffolding issues, but those who are looking ahead to next year’s race shouldn’t worry if city Department of Emergency Management spokesman Francis Zamora’s comments were any indication, via CBS San Francisco: “I think we are pleased with the way it has gone. It’s a San Francisco tradition. We look forward to doing it next year.”
That’s great news for everyone involved, and if nothing else, Johnson can go for the three-peat.
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