A Race Only San Francisco Could Run
Not everybody loves San Francisco's climate, but long-distance runners sure do. With mild, never-too-hot weather (this week's crazy-freak heat wave not withstanding) it's no surprise the Bay Area hosts its fair share of 5Ks, half-marathons and full marathons.
But if we had to pick one footrace to fly to SF for, it would clearly be the Bay to Breakers 12K, coming up this May 17. It's the one that tends to bring out San Francisco's—well, San Francisco side. Among the 70,000 runners, there will surely be some participants dressed up as superheroes, ballerinas, or just a guy or gal in running shoes—and nothing else.
The race cuts a perfect cross-section through SF's most picturesque areas, starting just off the Bay by the Embarcadero and continuing across Hayes Street to Golden Gate Park before finishing along the Pacific, where runners are greeted with "footstock," a post-race concert.