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Bay to Breakers 2024

Bay to Breakers 2024 in San Francisco.

May 19, 2024 → May 19, 2024

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Your Ultimate Guide to Bay to Breakers 2024

Welcome to your all-in-one guide to Bay to Breakers 2024, a legendary 12k race that stitches together the colorful tapestry of San Francisco! This iconic race is a San Francisco tradition that has been delighting locals, breaking records, and pushing boundaries since 1912. This event is more than just a race - it's a celebration of the vibrant spirit and unique culture of San Francisco. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or just in it for the laughs and costumes, here's everything you need to know to make the most of this vibrant event.

Bay to Breakers: A San Francisco Tradition

The Bay to Breakers race is a 12k journey from the Embarcadero (the Bay) to the western edge of Golden Gate Park (the Breakers). Along the way, you'll experience the city's diverse neighborhoods, stunning views, and, of course, the famous San Francisco hills.

Event Overview and Schedule

Bay to Breakers kicks off bright and early on Sunday, May 19. There will be a race expo so participants can get their race packs in person. The race is a celebration of creativity, community, and the spirit of San Francisco.

The start line is in the Embarcadero neighborhood, and then runners make their way through nine distinct neighborhoods, finishing at the Great Highway where the Pacific Ocean's breakers crash onto Ocean Beach. For the ultra-enthusiastic, there's the Breakers Bonus—a challenging additional 3k added to the traditional course.

Why Bay to Breakers is Worthwhile

But this isn't your average footrace. Bay to Breakers is known for its colorful costumes, eccentric participants, and lively atmosphere. It's a chance to let your hair down, dress up, and join in the fun.

Whether you're a serious runner aiming for a personal best, or a group of friends in coordinating outfits, there's a place for you at Bay to Breakers.

The Dress Code: Unleash Your Inner Party Animal

At Bay to Breakers, anything goes. This isn’t just a race; it’s a parade of the wild, the whimsical, and the outright bizarre. Expect to see bumblebees, brides, and even the occasional superhero.

Outfits range from the hilarious to the handmade, and sometimes, it’s just about sporting your favorite running gear. So, grab your most outrageous costume and join the costumed runners.

The Venue and Cuisine

The race route takes you through the heart of San Francisco, CA, offering a unique way to see the city. After crossing the finish line, celebrate your achievement with some local cuisine.

San Francisco is famous for its food scene, so whether you're craving fresh seafood, authentic Mexican, or gourmet vegan fare, you'll find it here.

Race Day Nutrition: Fueling Fun

Food trucks and local vendors line the route, offering everything from quick bites to full meals. Whether you’re craving a burrito, a slice of pizza, or just need a quick energy bar to keep you going, there’s plenty of food to choose from.

Hydration stations are also plentiful, ensuring that participants stay well-watered throughout the race.

Atmosphere: A Moving Festival

Imagine running (or walking!) through a street party where everyone is your biggest fan. That's the atmosphere you can expect. Every step of the way, SF's finest crowds come out in full force to cheer, laugh, and celebrate.

It's a jubilant environment where the energy is contagious and every mile brings a new surprise.

Musical Performances

The event also features live music, with bands playing along the race route to keep your spirits high. And don't forget the post-race Footstock festival, where you can dance, eat, and enjoy the celebratory atmosphere.

Post-Race Celebrations: Where the Fun Continues

After crossing the finish line, the party doesn’t stop. The Finish Line Festival at Ocean Beach is the perfect place to unwind, celebrate your accomplishments, and enjoy live music, food, and festivities.

Meet other runners, share stories, and soak in the views of the Pacific Ocean—a fitting end to an unforgettable day.

Bag Policy: Pack Smart

Due to strict security measures, typical bags, backpacks, and containers are not allowed on the race course. If you need to bring a bag, make sure it’s clear and no larger than 8.5” x 11” x 4”. For a smoother experience, consider a running belt or a fanny pack, both of which are permitted. Hydration vests and Camelbacks are also allowed, so you can stay hydrated hands-free. There's also no alcohol allowed.

Why Bounce Luggage Storage is Convenient at Bay to Breakers 2024

Now, let's talk logistics. You're in San Francisco for the race, but what do you do with your belongings while you're running? This is where Bounce comes in.

Bounce is the largest luggage storage platform, with locations in over 2,000 cities worldwide, including San Francisco. We provide a short-term luggage storage solution for travelers who need to drop off their bag for a few hours or a few days. Each item stored through our platform comes with $10,000 in BounceShield™ Protection, and we have a flexible cancellation policy.

At Bay to Breakers, Bounce can keep your stuff safe while you enjoy your day. Simply drop off your bags at one of our convenient San Francisco locations, and pick them up when you're ready. With Bounce, you can focus on the race, not your luggage.

Things to Do in San Francisco

Once you've crossed the Bay to Breakers finish line, there's still plenty to see and do in San Francisco. Here are a few must-visit spots:

Golden Gate Bridge

This iconic landmark is a must-see. Take a walk across the bridge for stunning views of the city and bay.

Alcatraz Island

Visit this historic prison island for a fascinating glimpse into San Francisco's past.

Fisherman's Wharf

This bustling area offers seafood restaurants, souvenir shops, and the famous sea lions at Pier 39.


The oldest Chinatown in North America, this vibrant neighborhood offers delicious food, unique shops, and cultural attractions.

See you in San Francisco?

Bay to Breakers 2024 is sure to be an unforgettable event. Whether you're running, cheering, or just soaking up the atmosphere, we hope this guide helps you make the most of your time in San Francisco. And remember, with Bounce, your belongings are in safe hands. See you at the finish line!

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All you need to know

  • What day is Bay to Breakers 2024?

    Bay to Breakers 2024 is scheduled for Sunday, May 19.

  • Can you do Bay to Breakers for free?

    No, participating in the Bay to Breakers race is not free. You need to register and pay a registration fee to officially take part in the race. This fee covers various logistical aspects of the race such as security, race setup, stations along the course, and the post-race festivities. However, you can always watch and enjoy the race as a spectator at no cost, which also allows you to experience the unique atmosphere and elaborate costumes of the participants.

  • How long is Bay to Breakers route?

    The Bay to Breakers route is 12 kilometers long, which is approximately 7.5 miles. This historic race takes participants from the eastern part of San Francisco near the San Francisco Bay, through the city, and all the way west to the Great Highway where the Pacific Ocean breaks at Ocean Beach.

  • Do you need tickets for Bay to Breakers?

    Yes, you need to register and purchase a ticket to participate in the Bay to Breakers race. Registration ensures you are officially entered in the race and includes various amenities such as a race bib, timing chip, and access to post-race festivities. You can usually register through the official Bay to Breakers website or other race registration platforms. There are different categories and ticket types available, including options for individual runners, teams, and even virtual runners. However, to spectate and enjoy the festive atmosphere along the route, you do not need a ticket.

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