Sunday, May 21, 2006

Learning the Bay to Breakers traditions

Today was Bay to Breakers. Jason and I completed the 12K (7.64 miles) in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Not bad, but not great either. I wanted to run the last four miles of the race but by then Jason was having some issues and couldn't run. Maybe next year I'll leave him behind and end up with a better finishing time.

We learned that there are lots of odd traditions associated with Bay to Breakers including a giant tortilla fight at the starting line. People bring bags of them and just start tossing them over the crowds. My plan is to next year bring cheese and refried beans to throw as accessories for the tortillas.
IMG_2162.JPG If you look closely at that picture you'll see a few tortillas flying overhead.
You got served

Another tradition: Salmon! Okay, people dressed like salmon, running from the finish line to the start (you know, upstream) all the while yelling "SPAWN!" and handing out high fives.


And let's not forget the oddest of all traditions: Bare to Breakers! This tradition is not for the faint of heart. It involves some people you would happily pay to stay dressed taking off all their clothes and running the whole race naked. Nude. Au natural. My favorite naked guy was the one that had his race numbers pinned to his chest using his nipple rings. Sweet!

After we got home from the race, Jason declared he was exhausted and collapsed on the couch with Lily for a while. I wonder how sore he's going to be tomorrow


There are more pictures from the race including costumes, floats, and naked men posted here


  1. Oh my God! I can't believe that people (men) just roam the streets naked for that race. Have they no shame? And they don't get arrested? And they just pose to have their pictures taken? And do they really run? Those little do-hickeys must get beaten all over the place if they run. Are they gay?

    You better come home - California is strange.

  2. I'm not sure why they don't get arrested. Numerous times I saw them walk past cops and the cops just ignored them. I'm pretty sure the cops don't want to have to handle naked men. And I'm not sure if they are gay.

  3. salmon river jet boat...

    A nice story posted at ......

  4. Some are gay, but most aren't. Most are over 40, if not over 50. I guess by then people don't care as much what others think or say about it. Too bad most of the naked participants aren't in the 20-35 range and female.