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March 30, 2022

Where to Cheer on Runners During Bay to Breakers

Bay to Breakers is a race the entire city of San Francisco comes out for, even if people aren’t running. The race, which has been a tradition since 1912, brings out some of the best people-watching opportunities, from centipede runners to off-the-wall costumes that people think up. You don’t want to miss them. Here are the best places to watch the best of the Bay to Breakers on Sun., May 15, 2022.

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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. View the entire Course Map here.

Hayes Street Hill (Hayes Street, from Gough to Steiner Street)
The infamous Hayes Street Hill is perilous to runners, but a fantastic place to cheer them on. The hill starts at mile two and is approximately two-thirds of a mile. Along this steep climb, you’ll hear plenty of music from house bands and DJs spinning records, which will allow you to show off your sweet dance moves.

The Panhandle
Right before the entrance of the Golden Gate Park sits a narrow green strip of land with bike paths and picnic areas called the Panhandle because of its shape. As runners make their way through the home stretch (they’re halfway done at this point), the Panhandle is great area to watch from the sidelines with a blanket and bites at hand.

Ocean Beach (The Finish Line)
As runners cross the finish line with a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, they will, no doubt, hear the loudest cheers of all. Stick around once the last corral group crosses the finish line for the live bands and the celebration as the Finish Line Festival kicks off. 


Photo by Bhautik Joshi / CC BY-NC-ND

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