There's been a bit of a delay getting this done, but better late than never. Bay to Breakers, the annual big wacky race in SF, was this past Sunday and I did it for the second time. Last year was lots of fun, I walked with my parents, it was sunny and nice, everyone had a good time. This year was a little different.
First of all, usually the hardest part about B to B is getting up early on a Sunday. It's a real struggle. However, this year my parents were out of town and I was housesitting for them out in Sausalito. So when I got up at literally the crack of dawn, there was a pretty nice payoff. I had to get myself out of the house by 7 so I could drive into the city and park the car then take the train to the race which started at 8.
On the way into the city it started to drizzle a little bit. I thought to myself, well, at least it won't be unpleasantly hot today. I parked, ended up paying $5 for a shuttle to B to B after waiting almost 1/2 an hour for a train, and finally arrived at the race after it had started, much like last year. So much for planning ahead.
It was sprinkling for the first 2 or 3 miles but not bad, people were still in costume and having a good time. There were some neat costumes as usual, but not as many elaborate ones as last year.
As we started up the infamous Hayes hill it started raining a little harder. As we walked up Fell it started raining harder. Once we hit the park it was raining hard. I was soaking wet. It was a long 4 miles from there. People still managed to be energetic and playful. It was great to see their spirits while mine flagged. I even considered quitting at one point, but I'm nothing if not determined. I started it, I was damn well going to finish it. I kept myself entertained by taking pics of the naked people. Interestingly, though there were fewer costumes because of the rain, there were seemingly many more naked people. Who knows, maybe I would have been happier if I hadn't been wearing wet clothes.
It's interesting that the more you see naked people walking down the street, the less strange it seems. Toward the end I had to remind myself that it wasn't a normal thing to see a naked man standing in line to use a portapotty.
The crowd was impressive as usual. Despite the rain, 75,000 people participated. I bet every one of them was just as excited to see the finish line as I was.
Check out all the rest of my pictures...Posted by Alyssa at May 23, 2002 09:49 PM