Experience the Bay to Breakers Spectacle in San Francisco

Bay to Breakers, San Francisco
Bay to Breakers is an annual spectacle in San Francisco and is a gold mine for Safari Specimens.  The "race" starts along the Embarcadero and winds through the streets of the city to emerge at Ocean Beach.  People come in costume, drink and revel, throw tortillas, and generally let loose.

Bay to Breakers, San FranciscoSome do the B2B scantily clad or not clad at all--avert your eyes and stop reading now if you're prone to blushing...there's a full moon coming soon :-)

half naked people at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoHere we are lined up near the starting line.  I loved these corn-cob-hats.

Starting line at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoWatch out or you might get beaned in the head with a tortilla.  Many have words of wisdom or claims to fame such as "We invented Post-Its".

Tortillas at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoSome people bring booze along like this shopping cart full of champagne and beer.  Unfortunately, this cart was turned around by police on the course since no glass bottles are allowed this year.
Champagne at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoThe crowd is huge and numbers greater than 35,000...and that's only those that officially register.  Many others tag along or jump in from the sidelines because they can't resist the fun.

Crowds of 'racers' at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoSome people bring floats.  Blow-up dolls seemed popular this year.  Look way off in the distance...

Crowds of 'racers' at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoHere we are approaching the official starting line -- 5 blocks aways from where we lined up!

Starting line at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoAs I mentioned, blow-up dolls were popular this year.  We saw this team at both the beginning and end of the race.  They were carrying the gurney the whole way!

Bay to Breakers in San Francisco"Push Here for Beer!".  That and many other slogans abound along the course.

Push here for beer: Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoLoved these beer hats glinting in the morning sun.

Beer hats: Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoEven King Tut made an appearance!

King Tut at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoI thought these kissing booths were the most original costumes that we saw.  

Kissing Booths at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoWe also caught a glimpse of Obama's stimulus package.  

Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoWoo Hoo!  It's Beaker, my favorite experimentally inclined Muppet!

The Muppets at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoThis band, Meshugga Beach Party rocked it out along 9th St.

Meshugga Beach Party at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoEvery year, it's a tradition for a school of salmon to swim upstream.  We caught a peek of them here.  
Salmon swimming upstream at Bay to Breakers in San Francisco
The sun was hot today and cast a long shadow.

Shadows at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoBacon!  Who doesn't love bacon!

Bacon at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoYou can see the revelers stretched out for miles as we worked our way up the Hayes Street rise -- the only moderately steep part of the race.  This hill separates the serious from the half-hearted.
'Racers' at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoA modern interpretive dance along Hayes St...

'Racers' at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoElvis makes an appearance in front of the DMV!

Elvis at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoSomeone actually brought a pot-belly pig onto the course...in a stroller!  Talk about pampered...

Pig in a baby carriage at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoWe saw many a Birthday Suit today...

She looks like a colorful Medusa.

Racer in Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoMore fun costumes...
Costumed racer in Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoEven SpongeBob SquarePants was in the house!

Sponge Bob in Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoWe made it to the finish line!  The course ends near Ocean Beach--over 7 miles from where we started.
Ocean Beach finish line for Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoAs we were entering the venue for the after party ("Footstock"), we spied Fred Flintstone, some of the Cat-in-the-Hat's minions, and some Super Girls.

Flintstones at Bay to Breakers in San FranciscoFoster Farms had a large presence at the event with it's "Say No to Plumping" campaign.  They were giving out tote bags and t-shirts.  Cool.  Free stuff.

Sugarfire, one of the food shacks at Footstock needs to work on its motto:  "Guaranteed Not to Suck!"  Then again, maybe that sums up the event perfectly.  I can definitely say that Bay to Breakers is guaranteed not to suck.  Check it out next year -- you'll be in for the safari of a lifetime!


I came across this art installation near the bus stop at Divisidero and Fulton on our way home for the race.  This orange doggie looks just like we felt:  tired from sensory overload.  

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Sidewalk Safari: Experience the Bay to Breakers Spectacle in San Francisco
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Check out the costumed spectacle that is Bay to Breakers walk/race in San Francisco. A photo-rich post by travel blogger, Jennifer (aka Dr. J) from Sidewalk Safari.
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