Bay To Breakers 12K

August 11, 2011

The Bay To Breakers 12K is one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces, held in San Francisco, California, USA. The Bay to Breakers is a race built by the people. Since 1912, Over 1.8 million costumed runners, walkers and centipedes have completed the iconic 12K journey from the San Francisco Bay to the breakers on Ocean Beach. The complete course is 7.46 miles (12.01 km) long. The event is well known for many participants wearing costumes.

The race is held on a USA Track & Field certified point-to-point course. The event was officially the world’s largest footrace from 1986 (with 110,000 participants) until it was surpassed in 2010.

Race Date

May 15, 2016

Event Type

Start Times

Men: 8:00 am
Women:  8:00 am

No. Runners



Race Website


View Results

Social Media

Race Registration

The entry fees is $59 for adult if registered earlier. To participate in Bay To Breakers 12K you can register in the official website. The race is capped at 50,000 entries. Registration will be available up through the Bay to Breakers Expo on May 15th-16th, 2015. The deadline to purchase the mail option for your registration is March 31, 2015.

Course / Route Map

With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the Bay to Breakers 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. Participants run up the iconic Hayes Street Hill, along the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park, while the city of San Francisco cheer them on.

Race Profile / Elevation Map

The infamous Hayes Hill (pictured above) is one of the most notorious hills in all of racing.

  • Starting Point: Mile 2
  • Length: Approximately 2/3 miles
  • Average Grade: 5.5%
  • Steepest Grade: 11%

Race Tags

Not available.

Time Limits & Cutoffs

  • Timing Tag will be used to record the runner’s time. 

Course Records

Men: Sammy Kitwara (KEN) 33:31 (2009)
Women: Lineth Chepkurui (KEN) 38:07 (2010)

Prize Money & Awards

  • Prize Money (Men & Women): 1st Place: $3,000, 2nd Place: $2,500, 3rd Place: $2,250.

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

  • All registered participants will be given cotton participant T-shirt.
  • All finishers will be given medals.

Water Stops & Refreshments

  • Water stops will be set up at the two‐mile mark at Polk Street and Hayes Street; at the Panhandle on Fell before Masonic; on JFK at Stow Lake Drive, and at the Finish line at the Great Highway.

Expected Race Day Weather

  • Temperature: 52°F to 65°F
  • Humidity: 57% to 83%
  • Wind Speed: 9 mph to 21 mph

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Pam May 17, 2015 at 11:50 am

What time does the race start?


carl March 3, 2015 at 5:09 am

Bart from Pittsburg to Embarcadero, current weekend schedule start at 7:57 a.m.
Will there be earlier departures on May 17th, if so what are the times ?
Thanks !


Tom April 25, 2014 at 7:51 am

Are baby strollers allowed on the course?


Paul Mack February 25, 2013 at 11:07 am

I’ve run Bay to Breakers a couple of times, but this time is special as I’m running it with my daughter.


Steve Benitez December 30, 2012 at 8:16 am

i ran the Bay to breakers 1981,,,1982 ,,,1983 …how can i look up my race results …is there a Archieve.. i can look up


john carey March 19, 2013 at 4:39 am

Hi Steve,

Did you ever have any luck finding the results for the Bay to Breakers in 82? I also ran and can’t find it.Please let me know if you have any information.


Alan Cummings October 4, 2012 at 5:18 am

I’ve run the Rhody Run 12K for almost 10 years straight in Port Townsend, Washington, and I’d love to run this race as I’m a former Californian. I’ve never run a race in “The Golden State” and would love to try as I think San Francisco is a beautiful city.


Aseza Mpokopi September 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

What was the spectator attendees on the 2012 event”, just thinking that after the 80’s spectator’s has increased in numbers.


Kathleen May 19, 2012 at 2:56 am

Hey I know that band!!! The Unauthorized Rolling Stones are awesome. Rudy Columbini is the singer for your band right??? Saw your band play a few times. The last time at the Fox Theatre in Redwood City for Halloween. Keep on rocking guys!!!


Danny Ngan May 2, 2012 at 9:11 am

I want to run for my first time in my life. I run very slowly but want to jon with everyone from SF people. Please let me know what I should do next?


Niall May 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

Have fun! if you want to start running don’t plan – just go out and do it for fun. You will get to really like it :) Good luck.

If you participate in the Bay to Breakers you can walk as much of as you like, and run as much of it as you like.


Kenny Crampton March 29, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Running and Rocking the Bay To Breakers Race since 1983. Throughout the 80’s I have run the Bay To Breakers 12k footrace all the while Rocking The Bay nightly playing the local club scene with various rock bands. In 1992 I was in a successful Rock Band called Psycho Betty. We started playing along the race course in the streets of SanFrancisco. We played every year from 1992 to 1997. In 1997 we won the contest of the favorite band along the course. The prize was to open for WAR in 1998 in the post race concert in the Polo Fields. It was an awesome event with 60,000 atendees.

I have been running and rocking ever since. Last year I finally ran fast enough to be entered as a sub seeded runner for this years race. I can’t wait. Running and Rocking FOREVER! Currently I play bass for the World’s Greatest Tribute to the World’s Greatest Rock And Roll Band, The Unauthorized Rolling Stones.


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