Runing on Weird
Bay to Breakers, San Francisco’s celebrated 12k race, returns on May 31, 2020! If you’re new here, you should know we do things a little differently. Throw on a costume (the more bizarre, the better), take in the atmosphere (you’ll have tens of thousands of eyeballs watching), and prepare for a running experience like no other.
It’s So Pretty! (And then Cool. And Then Pretty Again.)
Bay to Breakers starts in the Embarcadero neighborhood by the San Francisco Bay, and takes you through nine of the city’s most notable neighborhoods—all the way to the Great Highway, where the breakers crash into Ocean Beach.
Among other sights, you’ll race through Panhandle Park at the northern boundary of the Haight Ashbury—the birthplace of the Deadhead—and cut through Golden Gate Park. (Pro tip: watch out for the bison .)
It’s All Historic!
This race has been around the block a few times: Runners, walkers, joggers, and partiers have participated in Bay to Breakers for over a century. While no racer has had the distinction of running every year since its inception—remember, we said “over a century”—the race has welcomed runners from ages 1 to 99 . (Spoiler: The baby did not win.)
Bay to Breakers is a celebration of life, laughter, and the personality of San Francisco. Join the pink-ape mascot Ape Hashbury, bumblebees, brides, unicorns, naked runners wearing Garmins, and probably at least one Thanos in this world-renowned race-slash-party.
It’s Relaxed! (Until It Isn’t)
Enjoy a flat course through some of San Francisco’s most iconic neighborhoods—until you reach Hayes Street Hill at the two-mile mark. This monster hill rises over 200 feet above sea level, with a steepest grade of 11.15%. (Runner’s World named it one of its top “Sublime Climbs,” so it can’t be all bad, right?)
You’ll Be, Like, Famous!
Love having people gaze upon you in adoration? 80,000 spectators, volunteers, and staff line the race course each year, adding up to 160,000 eyeballs on your form, your costume, and your incredible speed.
The Bay to Breakers 12k race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway along the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. Participants run up the iconic Hayes Street Hill, along the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park, while the city of San Francisco cheers them on.
Open the course in Garmin Connect to view the interactive map and elevation profile. With a free Connect account, you can adjust the pace calculator to match your goal time and send the course to your compatible Garmin device for navigational guidance during training or real-time pacing on race day.
Finish Line Closure
Please note the course will be closed at Chain of Lakes Drive in Golden Gate Park at 12:30 p.m. on race day. All participants not past this point at this time will be directed to Fulton or Lincoln Ave.
The finish line will officially close at 1:00 PM. All participants who have not crossed the finish line at this point will not receive a finisher medal.
Road Closures / Traffic Delays
Please be aware a large number of city and park roads will be closed for the race. Please click HERE to reference all closures and times.
Note the only north-south crossover points are at the Embarcadero & Howard St in SOMA and Crossover Dr. in Golden Gate Park.
Our historic 12k course features a variety of entertainment to enjoy all the way from the Bay to the Ocean. In addition to the Health & Wellness Expo and the Finish Line Festival, our on-course entertainment and festivities include live bands, DJs and performances to keep you motivated all the way to the finish line!