Bay To Breakers 12K

August 11, 2011


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The Bay To Breakers 12K is one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces, held annually in San Francisco, California, USA, on the third Sunday of May, since 1912. The name reflects the traditional course which takes tens of thousands of participants from the northeast end of the downtown area near The Embarcadero (the “bay” side of the city) to the west end of the city and the “breakers” of 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.

Website: Bay To Beakers 12K | May 19, 2013


  • 12K Run

Start Times

  • 12K Run – 7am


The entry fees is $58 for Basic Registration, $72.00 for Plus Registration and $89.50 for Premium Registration. To participate in Bay To Breakers 12K you can register in the official website. The race is capped at 50,000 entries. The last day to register online is May 15, 2013 at 11:55 PM.

Course / Route Map


The Bay to Breakers is held on a USA Track & Field certified point-to-point course. From sea level at the Embarcadero the course rises steeply along the Hayes Street Hill. Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore Street and Steiner Street. The remainder of the course gradually flows downhill alongside the Panhandle through Golden Park to the Finish Line at the Great Highway.

Time Limits and Cutoffs

The course will close at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of JFK Drive and Bernice Rogers Drive in Golden Gate Park. Participants who have not passed this intersection by 11:30 a.m. will not have the opportunity to cross the finish line. The finish line closes promptly at noon as stipulated by the race’s road closure permit.

Water Stops

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.

Prize Money/ Awards

There is a total prize money of $39,000 (Men & Women Combined).

Course Records

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

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

  • Official Finishers Certificates will be available on the official website approximately one week after the race.
  • All registered participants will be given cotton participant T-shirt.

Race Day Weather

The temperature typically varies from 52°F to 65°F and is rarely below 49°F or above 73°F.

Results & Past Winners

Results for all participants are available at our Bay To Breakers 12K Results page.

Race Date

May 18, 2014

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

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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