Runners shivering in the British winter may be interested in next year's renewal of Bay to Breakers, one of the biggest and most colourful recreational events in the world. The 12k race through the undulating streets of San Francisco will be run on Sunday, May 15, and is set to be extra special as it is the centennial running. You can still enter Bay to Breakers at a discounted rate of around £30 ($47) until December 31 and be part of the incredible party atmosphere created by the 50,000 runners and the enthusiastic crowds that throng the route.
The event is a controversial one and this year alcohol and floats are not allowed after race organisers consulted with neighbourhood associations, city officials and police. However it is unlikely these restrictions the carnival atmosphere that traditionally surrounds the event.
In addition to a coveted finisher's t-shirt, for the first time in race history all registered finishers will receive a beautiful commemorative finisher's medal representing the 100th running of the race. Men who beat Bobby Vlught's 1912 time of 44:10 and women who beat Frances Conley's 1971 time of 50:45 will have their race numbers retired.
A retrospective exhibit of Bay to Breakers history will be held at the Greater Body Expo on May 13-14, 2011. The retrospective will include photos, rare race memorabilia, and a historical timeline 1912-2011.
Check out the Bay to Breakers website for more details.