100th Bay to Breakers
100th anniversary of San Francisco's famous Bay to Breakers run. Finishers even got a special medal. Hell yeah!
A 12k/7.5 mile race with 50,000 people is a bit insane already, and combined with Bay to Breakers' legendary insanity... yeah, it was an experience. Two of them.
The first half of the morning is an actual race/run/walk sort of thing with costumes and a stupidly long and disorganize finishline/medals/food/footstock layout. Disappointing, and the Howard Street hill is seriously overrated. Amy and I lost Erik halfway up the hill (he ran into a wall-- I am not kidding) and then proceeded to thread our way through traffic and try to run through time, but suffice it to say with 50,000 people that didn't work so well. Finished in 1:13, for a 9:55/mile, although if you add in the extra mile or two we spent running sideways and backwards to dodge people who knows. The insane part is that the real seeded runners, the winner finished in 34 minutes! Insane.
The race was so crowded and so insane we never did catch any of the rest of our friends running after the race. sigh. Sorry everyone! =(
The second half, when all the partiers come out and "bandit" the course, is completely insane. Supposedly this year they cracked down on floats and stuff (we saw two "floats" on course in the morning), but the late morning is just nuts.
Erik also said the Caltrain ride from Santa Clara was full of drunk Santa Clara University undergrads-- at least his car was full of 'em. "Arrival time? Who the f cares!" since the party had already started!
Out with Erik's friends for the party segment, some awesome chicken from Limon Rotisserie, and then back to San Jose, where late that night I finally met the other new pet (well the new Melin family dog), Maddy.