Bay to Breakers

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$54.99 - $190.96Free injury protection
Get ready for the biggest running event the state has to offer, Bay to Breakers. Take the iconic course through San Francisco that has been running the city for over a century. Celebrate with an incredible atmosphere, hundred's of spectators and incredible course entertainment.
15k, and 12k
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Sun 15th May 2022
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San Francisco, United States
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20 to 50m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Main St & Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Start times
8:00am |
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Route information
The Bay to Breakers 12k is an iconic course through nine of the city’s most notable neighborhoods. The run starts in Embarcadero and runs west along Howard St, running all the way down to 9th St, where is turns and continues onto Hayes St. The course then continues through Golden Gate Park, running the length of the the park along John F Kennedy Dr, turning onto Martin Luther King Jr Dr, before finishing on Great Highway, where runners can collapse onto Ocean Beach.
As well as the beach, runners will experience a lot of sights that the city has to offer. On the streets on San Fran, runners will get to see Yerba Buena Gardens, The Painted Ladies and Alamo Square Park. When cutting through the Golden Gate Park, runners will catch a glimpse of the Conservatory of Flowers, de Young Museum, and the Murphy Windmill.
As well as the 12k, runners have the option to choose to do the Breakers Bonus 3k which adds to the end of the original route, for a total of a 15k run. This race comes with an exclusive finisher's medal.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Iconic Race through San Francisco
  • Course Entertainment
  • Centipede fun run
  • Water/Aid Stations
  • Chip Timing
VIP Perks
  • VIP area
  • Pre-race meal
  • Gear check
  • Post-race meal and complimentary beverage
iTAB Engraving
Personalize your Bay to Breakers medal with an iTAB engraving, which will have your name and finish time. Collect your medal at the finish line and your iTAB will arrive in the mail 7-10 days following the race.
How to get there
Main St & Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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By Car
The start line can be reached by exiting the I-80 at exit 2/2B/2C. Exit 2 will leave you on Bryant Street. Follow Bryant St until you reach Main St, where you turn left and follow the road to the start line. Exit 2B and 2C will leave you on Fermont St. Follow Fermont until you reach Howard St. Then turn right until you reach the event.
The finish line can be reached off Upper Great Hwy, which can be reached by following Sloat Blvd or Great Hwy Ext off Skyline Blvd i.e. the I-35.
The start line will have plenty of street parking within walking distance. The finish line had a parking lot.
Event day logistics
* Please note that the available information is from a previous year. Information is subject to change, and will be updated as race day approaches.
8am 12k & 15k start
Start & Finish Lines
The Start line will be at Main Street & Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. The Finish line will be at Ocean Beach Parking Lot, Great Highway, San Francisco, CA 94122.
Vaccine Requirements
Participants will be required to show proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test to participate on race day. There will be more information on this process as race day approaches.
Time Limit
The course will close on at 12:30pm at the intersection of JFK and Chain of Lakes in Golden Gate Park. Any runners who have not passed this intersection by 12:30 will not have the opportunity to finish the race. Any runners who have passed this intersection will have until 1pm to reach the finish line
Water Stations
There will be water stations situated at these intersections
  • Hayes & Polk
  • Fell & Baker
  • JFK & E. Stow Lake
  • Great Hwy & Noriega
First Aid Stations
There will be first aid stations situated at these intersections
  • Howard & 4th
  • Scott & Hayes
  • Fell & Baker
  • JFK & Nancy Pelosi
  • JFK & 8th Ave
  • JFK & Transverse Dr.
  • JFK & Spreckels Lake
  • JFK & Chain of Lakes
  • Great Hwy & Noriega
  • Finish Line
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Kit List
Fancy dress is not obligatory but it is highly encouraged. Old Halloween costumes are always a good idea.
Can I bring a bag on the Bay to Breakers course?
Due to heightened security procedures, bags, backpacks and containers are banned from the Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers race course, unless they are clear and are no larger than 8.5”x11”x4”.
Are strollers allowed on the Bay to Breakers course?
Strollers are not permitted on the race course.
Are bikes allowed on the Bay to Breakers course?
Only authorized course marshals are allowed to use bikes on the race course.
Is there security at the Bay to Breakers?
There will be police officers and security guards at the start and finish as well as throughout the course.
Are pets allowed at Bay to Breakers?
Pets are not allowed on the race course for the safety of race participants, spectators and the animals.
2 reviews
Did the 12k in 2017
Be prepared for a crowed high energy run that feels more like a party than a race! Most participants run in clever costumes, but it is not required (clothing in general is also not required). You will be cheered on for the entire race since a mass amount of people come to watch the run too. At the starting line, runners are grouped into corrals based on mile pace and you are sent to start from fastest to slowest. Be prepared to wait quite a while if you have a slower mile time.
Did the 12k in 2019
What an amazing day! My first Bay to Breakers, and despite the rain in the morning., lived up to the hype in terms of atmosphere and organization!What exceeded expectations though was the actual run. I knew it would be a lot of fun, but kind of thought would get stuck in traffic, and not ultimately post a good time. Should you want to push yourself though, it is actually a great course, with plenty of space if you start in the right group, and a great mixture of flat and hills to test yourself! Definitely doing again!
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