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San Francisco: Bay to Breakers 2012

Yesterday was the crazy 101st annual Bay to Breakers fun run in San Francisco, with wild people in costumes — and others with none at all

Posted May 21, 2012 by Melissa Chang

One of the wildest fun runs in the world was muted extensively last year, when longtime sponsor ING pulled out due to community complaints about drunkenness, lewd acts, and runners relieving themselves in people’s yards. Print shop Zazzle stepped up to save the day, and I’m glad to report that Bay to Breakers is back in full force.

The weather was nice yesterday, so there were more nudists out than I can remember in recent years. (Don’t forget, in San Francisco, you can be naked, but you can’t be drunk.) Also, there were a lot more people smoking weed on the course than I can remember. (Don’t forget, in California, you can get marijuana for “medicinal purposes.”)

Here are some scenes from yesterday’s Zazzle Bay to Breakers. You can also see more photos, here or on Storify, here. (Also if my captions seem incomplete, I apologize, as I’m rushing out the door. Can’t be blogging the whole time I’m traveling!)

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Bay to Breakers 2012

The scene on the BART at 6 a.m.

I also did a quick little video of stuff we saw on the run that couldn’t be captured only in photos, like the house parties, or the annual running of the salmon. It’s a little choppy, but I hope you like it.



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  1. M
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Hello Melissa, I didn’t see you naked….

  2. turkfontaine
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 10:15 am

    which word is most opposite of ‘flaccid’? – turgid, firm, rigid, stiff, hard, tumescent, yellow?

  3. nonstopmari
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

    hilarious! love ronald w/ the kids, the fries and the dog. maybe he shd wear that suit all the time.

  4. bettydalycity
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    This coming Saturday is Carnival on Mission St.   Another San Francisco big event for all.

  5. sakeshop
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Congratulations on completing the fun run! Looks like everyone had fun! Some more than others =D

  6. sakeshop
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    And for the record, why are the only people who are naked, fat overweight hairy men?

  7. Melissa808
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

     @M LOL I’m behind the camera! Behind…

  8. Melissa808
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:24 pm

     @turkfontaine do you really want to know? 

  9. Melissa808
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

     @nonstopmari he was the same way as Gumby two years ago:

  10. Melissa808
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm

     @bettydalycity There’s always something going on!

  11. Melissa808
    Posted May 21, 2012 at 7:48 pm

     @sakeshop Actually, there were young, fit people….but they were running too fast to get a photo. I kid you not.

  12. Posted May 22, 2012 at 10:33 am

    What a memorable time in SF! I can’t wait for my next Bay 2 Breakers! 

  13. sakeshop
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:24 am

    The video makes it sooo much more EXCITING!!! Almost like being there with you guys!

  14. Melissa808
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

     @sakeshop LOL thank you! Next time, you WILL be there with us! 

  15. Melissa808
    Posted May 26, 2012 at 10:46 am

     @LenaHanson yayyyy should be fun!

  16. ValerieM
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 7:30 am

    I enjoyed reading about your trip to San Francisco. Where are you travelling to next?

  17. Melissa808
    Posted May 28, 2012 at 7:51 am

     @ValerieM thanks! nowhere for a while…I rarely travel during the summer, since that’s peak season and the chances of having screaming babies on the plane is higher! I’m actually still blogging about SF, just very behind. LA is up next, too!

About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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