Tuesday, May 23, 2006
2006 Bay To Breakers
In 1912 the city of San Francisco was still recovering from one of history's most notorious natural disasters, The San Francisco Earthquake. In an effort to boost moral and resuscitate the city, many city-wide events were scheduled through out the year. It was in this year that the First Annual Cross City Race was held, better known today as the ING Bay to Breakers. Today the race prevails as a testament to the city's unique culture and audacity.
This year I had the opportunity to be one of the 110,000+ spectators lining the route and participating in the festivities. I must say that this race lived up to all the hype that surrounds it if you've ever heard someone bring it up. Hours of runners, joggers, walkers, families, students, nudists participate every year in one of the biggest 12k races in the world. There is nothing to describe the atmosphere around the race.
I highly recommend going to Bay to Breakers at least once in your lifetime. It is an experience you have to feel to believe. It's not just a race, but a glorious celebration of human spirit.