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101st Zazzle Bay To Breakers

Bay To Breakers 2012

The 101st Bay To Breakers hit the streets of San Francisco on May 20th starting from the San Francisco Bay to the breakers at Ocean Beach. The 12k race brought in thousands upon thousands of people either running for sport or leisure.

The Women’s competition started first with the Men’s competition starting soon thereafter. The Zazzle Bay To Breakers Men’s winner is Sammy Kitwara of Kenya (34:40.5) and the Women’s winner is Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia (39:02.4).

Although, many love to participate in this race one thing that Bay To Breakers runners/walkers dislike are the rules and regulations prohibiting alcohol. Although what the authorities and race officials have good intent behind their justifications, it was really difficult to enforce. There were checkpoints throughout the race, but how can you stop miles of people. From my estimates about 500,000 people attended the race, but that’s just my judgment considering 3 hours worth of people passed me as I was posted at one spot. Now try to enforce a rule and not expect mass chaos.

The most entertaining thing about this cross-city race is the costume aspect. Participants that run or walk the race for leisure have the opportunity to basically put on whatever their hearts desire or not wear anything at all. This is one of the few exceptions that the authorities in San Francisco look the other way and look the other way they literally do. This year I think there was a record number of nakedness. The ratio of naked men to naked women was about 15:1, something I had to estimate because I surely wasn’t counting them one by one.

While photographing this race, the biggest challenge I had was trying to find the most creative costumes/themes and the ideas behind them. I found that this year was one of the best to date. This year seemed to be more entertaining because the costumes were compared to other years more creative and ingenious. I often found myself laughing at just the pure wackiness of things. People in San Francisco are just weird. Well, I can’t blame all San Franciscan’s, a lot of runners come from out of town too. Let’s just say everybody is weird.

Next year, I might tough it out and walk with the crowd through the entire race and document my experience. This is a great race that when everybody is given the chance to let loose, they let loose. Anyhow, onto the photos of wackiness, the  descriptions are below each photo. These are just the highlights of my race experience.

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Bay To Breakers 2012 (1)

The sea of runners are not far behind the competitive Men's Heat

Bay To Breakers 2012 (3)

San Francisco Giants Tim Lincecum takes a warm up run before having to pitch against the Oakland Athletics at AT&T Park or this is his twin. You decide.

Where's Waldo? Here he is juggling while jogging

Where's Waldo? Here he is juggling while jogging

I laughed out loud as I saw this woman run by, she laughed too.

I laughed out loud as I saw this woman run by, she laughed too.

Who says tacos can't limbo?

Who says tacos can't limbo?

Tribute to the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Anniversary

Tribute to the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Anniversary

Stop ... Hammertime!

Stop ... Hammertime!

This is the best Smurfette outfit I've ever seen

This is the best Smurfette outfit I've ever seen

Green Eggs and Ham anyone?

Green Eggs and Ham anyone?

These Muppets must be hot

These Muppets must be hot

I got no answer from these guys when I asked them to pose, guess they're just mimes.

I got no answer from these guys when I asked them to pose, guess they're just mimes.

Pretty hilarious beer pong group, the whole table set soon followed after them

Pretty hilarious beer pong group, the whole table set soon followed after them

Poor Kermit, another group right after had Miss Piggy in a soup pot.

Poor Kermit, another group right after had Miss Piggy in a soup pot.

These Baywatchers ended up walking to become Breakerwatchers

These Baywatchers ended up walking to become Breakerwatchers

Who remembers the game Operation?

Who remembers the game Operation?

Patriotism

Patriotism

These muscle men lifted these weights with such ease.

These muscle men lifted these weights with such ease.

Hotdog on a stick anyone? Thanks for the snack ladies

Hotdog on a stick anyone? Thanks for the snack ladies

It's about that time for High School Prom, although this couple is reliving a moment from the 80s

It's about that time for High School Prom, although this couple is reliving a moment from the 80s

Sushi Combo anyone? This was one of my favorite groups

Sushi Combo anyone? This was one of my favorite groups

Construction crew for the Golden State Warriors Arena?

Construction crew for the Golden State Warriors Arena?

SNL's Ambiguously Gay Duo

SNL's Ambiguously Gay Duo

Michael Jacksons

Michael Jacksons

I'm glad my real pageant friends don't pose like these Grand Supreme ladies do. The pose is dead on and just so funny it's true

I'm glad my real pageant friends don't pose like these Grand Supreme ladies do. The pose is dead on and just so funny it's true

These busy bees pollinate this flower in Golden Gate Park

These busy bees pollinate this flower in Golden Gate Park

These censored women had to be escorted by two bodyguards, too bad there were a lot of uncensored things I saw that day

These censored women had to be escorted by two bodyguards, too bad there were a lot of uncensored things I saw that day

These animals can be cute, but ferocious
These animals can be cute, but ferocious
Good Credit No Problem, Bad Credit No Problem. The potential disaster coming? Big Problem

Good Credit No Problem, Bad Credit No Problem. The potential disaster coming? Big Problem

GO GIANTS!

GO GIANTS!

Anyone up for a game of Rock Paper Scissors?

Anyone up for a game of Rock Paper Scissors?

Pac-man, Ghosts, and Fruit altogether in harmony, then after the photo Pac-Man ate them all.

Pac-man, Ghosts, and Fruit altogether in harmony, then after the photo Pac-Man ate them all.

Beastie Boys

Beastie Boys

SNL's Spartan Cheerleaders or reliving their San Lorenzo Valley Cougars cheerleading days.

SNL's Spartan Cheerleaders or reliving their San Lorenzo Valley Cougars cheerleading days.

This guy came again with the same jersey as last year.

This guy came again with the same jersey as last year.

At least he reminded me that the year is 2012 as he went.

At least he reminded me that the year is 2012 as he went and we will look forward to 2013 and the 102nd Bay To Breakers

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Bay to Breakers 2010

Bay to Breakers 2010 (click here for images)

Bay to Breakers is San Francisco’s excuse to have a crazy good time. It’s an event race where practically the whole city attends with many more coming from all over the Bay Area and even throughout the world. Some come with running the race in mind, some come just to relax and have a great time partying with friends and family. Some come clothed in costumes and some don’t come clothed at all.

This year’s race was a little better in terms of the weather, but still was a little bit on the chilly side, until the early afternoon when things started to clear up. The foot race seemed to have a lot more people, but the costumes were on the decline as to previous years. I think perhaps race attenders didn’t have enough disposable income to spend on creating costumes. Many race attenders just came armed with cameras to try and catch the craziest costumes and just the weirdest of things.

All in all, being able to document this foot race was pretty fun and seeing just the vast amount of people on the streets felt kind of surreal. The colors all over were just a photographers dream come true. I, myself, love colors all around it just makes me happy. However, when I come across old naked and even young people naked, it just throws me for a loop because this is just something you don’t see everyday, nor should you be exposed to some of them. I mean if you’re gonna expose yourself please look in the mirror and don’t punish people.

In the end, I had a great time. People that I photographed were nice and friendly. Some of the costumes were great and some not so great, but in the end I think that it’s the spirit of laughter and joy that make this foot race so fun to attend. My favorite costumes this year for the race would have to go to the groups that created team outfits, especially the group of gnomes, the Pac-Man group, the Mario Kart groups, and the Tetris group. Congratulations guys for making me laugh, you guys are great. Until next year folks! See you at the races!!!

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