Location: San Francisco, California – Distance: 7.47 miles
Date: Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Weather: °
Start elevation: 67 ′
Elevation Gain: 346′ – Max Elevation: 294 ′
I can’t believe I’ve never participated in Bay to Breakers before. I’ve seen pictures and heard the crazy stories, but I’ve never experienced it until now. This past Sunday I finally got to experience the weird and wonderful spirit of San Francisco, with outrageous costumes, quirky traditions, live bands, and plenty of bare flesh around the 12-kilometer route.
The course was pretty hilly (Hayes Street Hill, 0.69-mile, 5.5-percent grade stretch beginning at mile two) we weaved west through the city and passed through nine different neighborhoods and through the Golden Gate Park to then finish at the Great Highway along the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach.
Overall, I felt like I had a great race. I was nervous going into it because I didn’t (and still don’t) feel prepared running hills. Hills in San Francisco can be big, small, long, or short, we’ve got all types of hills here and they’ll for sure ware you out! But on Sunday I pushed my nerves away and ended up running the entire course – even up Hayes Hill! I may not have the best time, but in the end I met my goal – to run the full course.