How to Prepare for Bay to Breakers
A time-honored San Francisco tradition, the Bay to Breakers, is the oldest consecutively run annual footrace in the world and a tradition that people from far and wide come to the city to participate in. Here’s the guide to make sure you’re prepared to have fun running the Bay to Breakers' 12 kilometers, from bay to breaker.
Sign up and Receive Your Bib before the Race
To participate in the race on Sunday, May 15, 2022, you’ll have to register beforehand, which you can do online right here. Once you’ve registered, you'll receive your race bib in the mail about one week prior to the event. There will not be a formal expo for the 2022 race. Instead all runners who register prior to Friday, May 6 at 9 AM PT will receive their race bib in the mail for free. Head to Bay to Breakers website to see the awesome runner t-shirt and finisher medal.Check out this helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions to ensure you are the most enlightened runner on course.
Create or Buy a Creative Costume
What makes Bay to Breakers a uniquely San Francisco experience? Thousands of runners join with families, weekend runners and walkers in costume. You’ll see traditional costumes, from your favorite comic book hero to off-the-wall costumes, like salmon running “upstream.” Get your inspiration.
Carb Up the Night Before
The race is a lot of fun to run, but so is preparing for it the week before. Many people think it’s best to carb up the night before. Nutritionists actually recommend it’s better to start the carb up a week out. In San Francisco, your options are endless. Try all these delicious places.
Where to Stay and How to Get to the Race
With the thought of running 12 kilometers, the last thing on your mind is how to get to the race. Our advice - book a nearby hotel including the Hyatt Regency or Harbor Court Hotel, where the official runner room blocks are. We highly encourage use of public transportation or ride share via Lyft or Uber.
BART will open approximately two hours early (6 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. on a normal Sunday). Even with the early opening, give yourself a 30-minute cushion. From San Francisco: Take Muni or BART to the Embarcadero Station. From the East Bay/Berkeley: Take BART to Embarcadero Station.
Get to Know the Route
The Bay to Breakers starts at the bay and ends at the breakers. In between, there are plenty of hills and colorful sights to see as you run the course. Make sure you’re prepared for the infamous hills like the Hayes Street hill and the run through Golden Gate Park. See the route.
Bay to Breakers is a race just like San Francisco: fun-loving, easy-going, and colorful. Don’t take yourself seriously. It’s a race, but not one where you need to make it to the finish line as fast as you can (although some will). Take a look around and listen to live music and the cheers of thousands of spectators lining the route.
Plan for Your Next Race
Bay to Breakers is the most famous footrace in San Francisco, but it's not the only one. The Giant Race at Oracle Park is coming up this Fall.
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