17 May 2015

San Francisco's Bay to Breakers foot race: 17 May 2015

I have participated in the San Francisco Bay to Breakers foot race more times than I can remember. The last time I did the race was in 2004. Here are three different photo galleries from 20022003 and 2004 races.

Today I boarded the 6:17 am BART train at the North Berkeley Station and arrived at the San Francisco Embarcadero Station at approximately 6:41. The first thing I did when I disembarked was to go to the Peet's Coffee shop in the Ferry Building for a cup of java. I then walked over to the start of the race on Howard Street. The race started at 8:00 am, and the official estimate is that there were approximately 50,000 registered and unregistered people who entered the race. The weather was overcast and cool. This was the 104th year that the race has been held.

It was a great race with views of people in fascinating and unusual costumes. This being San Francisco, some of the runners ran naked... yes, the only thing they were wearing were running shoes. Many of the naked runners would have looked much better if they were wearing clothing.

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A view looking back down Howard Street. This location is approximately 1.5 miles into the race.
The route of the 104th edition of the San Francisco Bay to Breakers foot race. The race started in downtown San Francisco, and it finished on the Great Highway, adjacent to the Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Park. The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 7.7 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 366 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route’s track. 
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the Bay to Breakers. 
On a BART train heading to San Francisco. The fellow with the shark and life preserver lost his left leg while he was in the Army and stationed in Afghanistan. The loss of his leg was due to the explosion of a hidden enemy explosive device. He is going to walk the course. His companion is ready to race and show her strength. 
This is as close as I am going to get to the starting line before the race begins. 
And we are off! The race has begun, and the runners are heading up Howard Street. 

We are heading up Hayes Street. The building is the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. This location is approximately 2 miles into the race. 
Ahead is the Hayes Street hill which is the biggest climb of the race. 
We continue to climb the Hayes Street hill. 
We reached the top of Hayes Street, and there is now a short downhill before we turn left onto Divisadero Street. This location is approximately 3 miles into the race. 
On John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park; we are heading to the Pacific Ocean. This location is approximately 4.5 miles into the race. 
I am now on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Golden Gate Park. In the distance on the horizon is the Pacific Ocean, and just ahead is a large sand dune which indicates that the ocean... and the finish, are just ahead. This location is approximately 7.2 miles into the race. 
The finish line of the 104th running of the San Francisco Bay to Breakers foot race. Another great public event put on with the cooperation and support of the City of San Francisco. 

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