Zappos Bay to Breakers

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Register now for a race like no other! This historic 12k fun run through the streets of San Francisco is over 100 years in the making. It’s a race made for everyone, so dress up, bring your friends and be cheered on every step of the way by SF’s finest crowds. Pushing boundaries and breaking records since 1912 – it’s your turn to join the party.
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12k Individual Runner, Centipede Team Run and 12k Virtual Runner
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Calendar
Sun, May 21, 2023
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San Francisco, United States
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4.7
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Location
Main St & Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
Start times
Sun, May 21, 2023
12k Individual Runner:
8:00am |
Centipede Team Run:
8:00am |
12k Virtual Runner:
8:00am
Here's what races are available for Zappos Bay to Breakers
Distance
12km
Distance
12km
Distance
12km
The Bay to Breakers 12k course starts in the city before making its way west to the Great Highway, where you’ll finish by Ocean Beach. Test your legs on Hayes Street Hill, take in the iconic city sights and head into Golden Gate Park – all the while being cheered on by the incredible people of San Francisco.
History
The celebrated Bay to Breakers race was first held in 1912, known then as the Cross City Race.
With each year that's passed, Bay to Breakers has grown into a glorious celebration of the human spirit. Now one of the largest foot races in the world, this event attracts not just world-class runners but thousands of costumed runners and walkers.
With live music, thousands of spectators, and a challenging course, this event is truly a showcase of all San Francisco has to offer.
Breakers Bonus - Make it 15k
Those who fancy trying something a bit longer have another option, runners can choose to do the Breakers Bonus 3k which adds to the end of the original route, for a total of a 15k run.
Centipede Team Run
If you weren't sure how this event could get even more fun, try doing a 12k run linked to your teammates. Teams of 13-15 will travel the whole route linked together by a bungee cord or another safety mechanism.
  • Finisher's medal 🏅
  • Event t-shirt 👕
  • Finish line festival 🥳
  • Water/Aid stations 💧
  • Chip-timed results ⏱️
VIP Perks (Available for purchase)
  • VIP area 😎
  • Pre-race meal 🌯
  • Post-race meal & complimentary beverage 🥤
  • Gear check 🎒
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Main St & Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USA
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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.
Virtual Runners
If you can't make the race in person there is the option to enter the event as a virtual runner. You can run the 12k wherever you are, and your swag will be mailed to you after the event.
Finish Line Festival
Cross the finish line in style and celebrate with your finishers medal and be greeted with food, drink, live music, and much more. With the historic finish line as a backdrop finish your weekend in style.
Age Requirements
Children 3 and above must register for the race, while children 2 and under are free to enter.
Sponsors
Official sponsors of the 2023 Zappos Bay to Breakers include:
  • Zappos Running
  • Toyota
  • Knockaround
  • Pendo
  • United Airlines
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Motiv Running has partnered with some great races that embody the local flavor and traditions of their respective communities. Register to run one near you today, or click below to see even more classic races from around the country!
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Backpack
One of the event's greatest traditions is the fancy dress runners don at the event. Get out some old Halloween costumes and join the party! It's not required to run, just for a bit of fun.
However, Zappos Bay to Breakers has a no-tolerance policy for racist, inappropriate, unsafe, or otherwise offensive costumes, or activity, of any kind.
How do I get my race pack for Zappos Bay to Breakers?
Your race pack will be available to collect at the Expo before the event, and full details will be shared nearer the event date. As an alternative, post registration Mail My Packet (MMP) will be available soon, where for a fee you can opt to have your pack sent to your address. More details will follow.
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Can I bring a bag on the Zappos Bay to Breakers course?
Due to heightened security procedures, bags, backpacks and containers are banned from the Zappos Running Bay to Breakers race course, unless they are clear and are no larger than 8.5”x11”x4”.
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Are strollers allowed on the Zappos Bay to Breakers course?
Strollers are not permitted on the race course.
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Are bikes allowed on the Zappos Bay to Breakers course?
Only authorized course marshals are allowed to use bikes on the race course.
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Is there security at the Zappos Bay to Breakers?
There will be police officers and security guards at the start and finish as well as throughout the course.
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Are pets allowed at Zappos Bay to Breakers?
Pets are not allowed on the race course for the safety of race participants, spectators and the animals.
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Is alcohol allowed on the course at the Zappos Bay to Breakers?
No, no alcohol or illicit substances is permitted on the course, and anyone with these items will be ejected from the event.
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Are wheelchairs allowed at the Zappos Bay to Breakers?
Authorized and registered competitive wheelchair participants are encouraged to participate. Please get in contact for more information if you are interested.
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Will there be toilets at the Zappos Bay to Breakers?
There will be plenty of portable toilets at the event.
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Who are the official sponsors of Zappos Bay to Breakers?
The sponsors for this years event include Zappos Running, Toyota, Knockaround, Pendo, and United Airlines.
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What does the virtual runner entry mean in the Zappos Bay to Breakers?
Runners who can't make the event in person can choose to run the event virtually. All swag will be mailed to participants after the event.
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If I can't attend the event anymore, can I get a refund?
There are no refunds available for this event, however if you cannot make it there are options to defer your entry or transfer your bib to a friend (fees apply). Please contact support@letsdothis.com to discuss your options.
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char
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
It was my first time doing the Bay to Breakers and I loved it and will be doing it again in the future
julia
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Loved it
robert
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
We had a lot of fun. We did have a little trouble finding coral H, signage could be better. At the finish, since we were in the last group to finish, festivities ended rather quickly. Also, we were in the VIP group and wish that t-shirts had been given out in the VIP area.That said, we came from out of town, never having done the race, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We hope to be back next year with friends.
vanessa
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4.3
Did the race in 2022
The race was okay, it seemed like no one out actual effort for the shirts though, plus there was no merch on sale
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4.0
Did the race in 2022
I have run B2B with my two kids for almost 10 years--not the last two of course. The run was great--what was awful was the logistics for getting the race shirt. The line was literally more than two hour long. After 45 minutes I gave up. I am waiting for the organizers to send me three shirts: size Medium, and two smalls. You guys can do much better.
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3.3
Did the race in 2022
I just want my results of my run that's all
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5.0
Did the race 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.
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Did the race 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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