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Bay to Breakers Changes

SF Gate has reported changes to Bay to Breakers rules this year, and the sponsor's site confirms that "for everyone's safety and enjoyment NO ALCOHOL, WHEELED OBJECTS or NUDITY will be allowed."

Having lived on or near the course for 12 years and seeing how the race has deteriorated, I agree with some of the changes. The number of extremely drunk people stumbling around the Panhandle last year was somewhat disgusting, especially as many of them were urinating everywhere. The amount of trash strewn about was also disgusting. Broken glass on the street and in the park is a real hazard for the runners, and for pets and people that use the parks. If people still want to party, they should just go to house parties or bars along the route, or organize an after party in Golden Gate Park, no need to lug booze down the street and mess up the neighborhoods.

As for floats and wheeled objects, many of them are quite dangerous, and should not be allowed on Hayes Hill. Only the prohibition of nudity bugs me. I think that has been a staple of the event for as long as I've seen it, and it doesn't cause any problems. Get rid of the drunken slobs, but allow people to run naked and free.

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jtrevino
Feb. 13th, 2009 08:01 am (UTC)
Yay!
I'm delighted to hear that they're dropping the alcohol. The "race" has turned into a seven mile drunken block party. Don't get me wrong - I'm all for a party - but I personally liked the race itself. I "tried" running it a couple of years ago and could barely get through the crowd of drunks. It was like a drunken obstacle course - 95% partiers - 5% runners.

That being said, I'll miss the wheeled objects and naked folks. I don't personally care 'bout either one, but they're part of the spirit of the event in my opinion.

Since they're dropping the drunks this year I've decided to run the race again. Hopefully the changes will bring some of the other runners back to this epic race.
henrylyne
Feb. 13th, 2009 05:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!
I did see an interview on TV of some spokesperson for B2B and she indicated that the nudity thing will not be enforced. Apparently they have always had a no nudity policy, they just don't enforce it. So, run naked, if you want.
jtrevino
Feb. 13th, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Yeah, that's what I figured on the nudity.

I took my daughters years ago to the race, when they were small - probably 10 and 13 years old. And they were being raised in Fresno by my ex - not by myself in SF. After a few naked guys had run by, my eldest turned to me and said "dad, why don't they arrest those guys?". To which I replied "it's San Francisco, hon, we have better things to do".

Me run naked?! What, are you crazy? Do you remember what I look like?! The thought of my being naked makes even me spew!




Separately, wanna get a beer after work some day? I'm working 'right 'round the corner from you nowadays - at 2nd and Howard.
henrylyne
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Yes, beer after work or lunch some day soon.
jtrevino
Feb. 13th, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Yay!
Cool - drop me a line when you're up for it: joey@lexy.com
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