Bay to Breakers Bans Alcohol, Floats, Bandits for 100th

Garners support from neighbors, city officials for “Civic Treasure” to ensure fun for everyone

 (from Running USA Wire)

SAN FRANCISCO – The organizer of the Bay to Breakers
road race has received support from San Francisco neighborhood groups,
San Francisco city hall and police officials for its banning of alcohol
consumption and floats for next year’s historic 100th edition, set for
Sunday, May 15, 2011.

cherish the fun aspects of the race that have made it unique worldwide –
runners dressed in costumes, centipedes, group running – that add to
the excitement of a professional internationally important 12K
footrace,” said Angela Fang, general manager of the Bay to
Breakers race. “But we are officially eliminating alcohol and floats in
order to ensure public safety. These measures are imperative to the
preservation of this event.”

this year, we will add additional police and private security to
enforce the new rules,” Fang continued. In addition, she said the race
will limit the number of people who can run the race and will only allow
registered runners on the course.

you have always wanted to run the Bay to Breakers race, this will be
the year to do it,” said Fang, who said the 100th running of the
venerable 12K race will take place on May 15, 2011. She added that a
number of enhancements and special events will be announced in the
coming months.

large crowd is anticipated for the 100th running, which was established
in the aftermath of the 1906 earthquake by civic leaders who wanted to
boost morale and promote the image of the recovering city. In 1964, the
race was dubbed “the Bay to Breakers”.

The inaugural Cross City Race, held January 1, 1912, was won by student Bobby Vlught, who crossed the finish line in 44 minutes, 10 seconds. By contrast, the 2010 women’s race winner, Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya, made history finishing in 38:07, a world record, and the men’s winner, Sammy Kitwara of Kenya, became a back-to-back race champion in 34:15.

to Breakers 12K is one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces,
held annually in San Francisco, California. 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 7.46 mile (12 kilometer) race features world class
athletes in addition to costumed runners and “fun-loving” folks out for a
great day of running and walking through San Francisco. For more
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