Monday, May 21, 2007

Bay to Breakers 2007

I can now officially call myself a San Franciscan, after having run the annual Bay to Breakers 12k race yesterday. It's even more a spectacle than a race, and I've got the photos to prove it.

Starting by the Embarcadero, with the San Francisco Bay Bridge as a backdrop, the race crosses the city, through Golden Gate Park, ending by the ocean, hence 'Bay' to 'breakers.' Along the way...

tortillas on the pavement

...tortillas are tossed before the start of the race in a strange, messy ritual that literally smacked me across my face...

naked guy

...old men get naked, in the process reminding us that the really hot bodies want to get paid to bare it all...

guy in Teletubby costume

...grown adults dress as all manner of iconic children's characters and other random costumes...

onlooker from apartment window

...the not-so-adventurous watch from a safe distance...

woman holding bottle of Corona

...lots of alcohol is consumed (I wish I had thought to photograph the big yellow homebrew stand that provided me with a nice big cup of tasty, amber-colored beer)...

religious fanatic holding protest sign

...the religious fanatics forget again that San Francisco tuned them out ages ago...

Bay to Breakers start line

...we cross the start line (finally)...

massive crowd running up Hayes Street

...we flood the streets and march up the Hayes Street hill...

neighbors partying with balloons outside apartment building

...the neighbors come out to party (and treat us to awesome tunes by Herbie Hancock ("Chameleon"), the Gap Band ("Outstanding"), and the Rolling Stones ("Dance Part 2"), among others, not to mention the numerous local live bands that entertained us)...

line of porta-potties

...bladders and colons empty their contents in posh facilities...

blow-up Southwest Airlines display at Golden Gate Park

...advertisers take advantage of the 60,000+ audience...

KRON 4 news crew van

...the news media gives us a fleeting chance to be famous...

big purple head

...creative minds display homages to their bony shelter...

organ donor team parading with a fake human heart

...the organ donor folks salute their internal engine...

organ donor team parading with a fake human eye

...and their natural viewfinder...

Bay to Breaker finish line

...and we reach the finish line!

the Pacific Ocean

...just by the 'breakers.' Good times, but I'm sore as hell.

My stats:

Finished in 1 hour, 42 minutes.

Placed 13,415 out of about 35,000 registered racers.

Placed 8,048 out of all registered men.

Stopped to use the porta-potties only twice.

2 comments:

Doug M. said...

The fat man-ass on your blog is a nightmare. How dare you photograph me without express permission.

harmolodic said...

What can I say, I'm a sadist at heart (sometimes).