Bay to Breakers 2012 Results: The Top 10 Runners and Best Costumes

Jessica Marie@ItsMsJisnerCorrespondent IIMay 21, 2012

Source: The Huffington Post
Source: The Huffington Post

It's not quite a win in a big-city marathon, but it is a solid first step.

In the 101st Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco on Sunday, there were lots of winners. There were those who actually finished in the top 10 in the race, and then there were those who dared to bare—or not—in some exceedingly creative and heat-defying costumes. 

Most of the participants in the Bay to Breakers—an annual 12k road race—weren't in it to win it. They were in it to be seen and, more importantly, to have an excuse to day-drink. As a result, the race featured some of the most colorful characters the Bay Area has to offer, including half-Abe Lincoln, zombies, several variations of brides and a couple giant bananas.

Without further ado, here are the top finishers in the race—but more importantly, after that are the top 10 costumes.


2012 Bay to Breakers Top Five Times

Place

Name

Age

Hometown

Time

1

Sammy Kitwara

25

Kenya

34:40.5

2

Allan Kiprono

22

Kenya

34:49.0

3

Direba Merga

29

Ethiopia

35:44.0

4

Lani Kiplagat

23

Kenya

35:45.0

5

Tesfaye Sendeku

28

Ethiopia

35:54.0

Top Women's Times

Place

Name

Age

Hometown

Time

1

Mamitu Daska*

28

Ethiopia

39:02.4

2

Diane Nukuri Johnson

27

Burundi

40:02.3

3

Jelliah Tinega

25

Kenya

40:33.0

4

Michelle Frey

30

Minneapolis, MN

40:54.9

5

Genoveva Kigen

31

Kenya

41:18.0

*Overall winner due to gender equalizer based on course records for each gender.

2012 Bay to Breakers Top 10 Costumes

10. Pink Brides

Source: The Mercury News
Source: The Mercury News

These three single San Francisco natives are ready for love, even in they have to run 7.46 miles in white plastic platforms to get it.

9. Zebra Man

Source: The Huffington Post
Source: The Huffington Post

He (she?) managed to finish the race wearing a pink wig and a skin-tight Spandex zebra suit with, it would appear, no mouth hole. You have to give credit where credit's due. The breathing and sweating situation could not have been pretty here.

8. Three Blind Mice

Source: The Mercury News
Source: The Mercury News

Another creative costume choice, perfectly executed. Did they have to stay in the breakdown lane for the entire race?

7. Bananas

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle
Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

Their costumes couldn't have been comfortable, but these two brave souls bared the temperatures nonetheless. At least they had the right idea with their footwear.

6. Tim Lincecum

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle
Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

Source: The Mercury News
Source: The Mercury News

Although he didn't have to do much to look like the Cy Young-winning Giants hurler, this is impressive. A spot-on imitation.

5. Confused Abe Lincoln

He got halfway there with the costume, but alas, a modern take on the pants situation will have to suffice. At least he sported the hat, and that could not have been much fun to run in.

4. Zombies

Despite my True Blood obsession, I originally thought these people were vampires, but I guess the decaying wounds and lack of fangs give it away, upon further review. That's some pretty excellent makeup work. 

Source: The Mercury News
Source: The Mercury News

3. Faceless Tuxedo Men (?)

Source: The Mercury News
Source: The Mercury News

Again, maybe it's better to stay gender neutral here, where we have Blue Man Group meets the end of The Hangover. It's hard to think about how awful it was to run in those outfits, compromised visibility issue aside.

2. Gold and Silver Dr. Seuss People

Source: The Huffington Post
Source: The Huffington Post

These people had the right idea. In a seven-mile race in the sun, who wants to be wearing too much clothing—or anything at all? (Note the people in front of them unabashedly walking with their heads turned.)

1. The Joker

Source: The Mercury News
Source: The Mercury News

Another very impressive makeup job. And no points deducted for the flaking paint around the knife scar because it's hard to keep that stuff on when the sun is melting it off.