17 May 2011

2011 Zazzle Bay to Breakers 100th Anniversary Race Recap... with nudie booties!

The rather long, much-anticipated recap... with a picture of naked runners. That special photo is about half-way into the post... so if you are not wanting to see it, you can get ready to go around it. And if that is the whole reason you opened this post... well, feel free to just scroll ahead! Note: many of the pics can be biggified by clicking on them.

The hardest part of this race was the 5 a.m. wake-up call. I am not our family's Morning Parent. I usually run at night, remember? But I did it! I leaped out of bed and started my preparations.

Most of them had been completed the night before (I am learning a little from reading these blogs :P like don't try to find safety pins when you are bleary-eyed and in a rush)... had pins on the number bib, made my little waterproof money and train ticket pouch out of ziploc baggie taped to the underside of the bib, tied the extra car key into my shoelaces (my friends with whom I ran had never seen this trick before and thought it was so rad... go figure), got my rain gear (Hefty bag) ready, set out the car key I would use first thing in the morning next to my wallet and clothes and shoes, and got my phone fully charged so that I could take awesome photos and videos for you all!





When I awoke, it was really just a matter of washing the face, putting the contacts in, brushing the teeth, ponytailing the hair and getting the clothes and shoes on. And grabbing a banana and a drink of water. One thing I need to remember is... that is not enough food and fluid.

I left the house and drove to the train station (our subway system is called BART). I met up with some friends, and we headed into San Francisco. There weren't very many people on the train... I thought. But when we go off, it was a zoo!



The scene on the streets was similar to Halloween on Frat Row or New Year's Eve... total party atmosphere. It was freezing... for here... and definitely for May.

Of course, the portapotty lines were insane... and of course, I had to pee. I had to wait a long time... I always wind up in the slowest-moving line. Here are some of the colorful characters I met while waiting:

an elephant and his flamingo...

a turtle without her shell, a duck, a tiger and a guy with bunny ears...

a freezing guy...

and Bonehead, a supremely entertaining homeless guy.

Then it was off to the corral, where I saw the homeless guy's namesake...

yes, that is his timing chip on his flip-flop... and I do believe he is wearing just boxers.

The corral was not as packed as I thought it would be...


Because I was in the wrong corral!  
oooops!

I hopped the fence, risking getting ejected from the race, just in time for the start! Whew!


It was curb-to-curb people for quite a while. It was hard to run without tripping... and even harder to take pictures while running without tripping!  The Bare to Breakers people I saw at this point were pretty swift and kept disappearing in the crowd. Every picture I took at this point of these naked runners ended up completely obscured by other people in the mob. I did get a picture of this group of birds:


and I am convinced that the peacock visited my blog for the idea on how to make her costume! 

Lots of people in tutus... male and female. Lots of guys running topless and lots of women running in wildly-colored tights and feather boas... it seemed so boring, so no pics of those people. Then...

My chance!  They slipped right in front of me! (and I thought to myself, "am I that slow?")

Naked people running!

This was right before the Hayes Street Hill began, so the crowd was a little looser. They were right in  front of me, going just about the same pace... and not exactly the motivational view one might think ;-) I felt a little awkward taking a picture when they were so close, but I also knew that it would be the only way to get a clear shot... so I hung back a little. Yes, I sacrificed pace so that I could get the nudie booty picture for YOU :) And here it is:


And these were the most photogenic butts I saw all day!

Then we hit the Hayes Street Hill... 


and I gave you that piece of master cinematography yesterday ;-) Click here if you missed it or want to see it again. I ran up it, where I was seriously almost blinded by these chicks...

I never wanted to get around anyone so fast in my life... the reflection was killing me!

and over that honkin' hill...


and it was pretty much a downhill run from there on out. Here's where I started running... as best I could while still taking some pictures anyway!

I got to the hump in 27:37 (official chip time). My projected time was between 30 and 35... big spread because of the huge, 50,000-person crowd. The 3-mile mark was a little ways away... and I missed it. But right near it, Miss Centennial Bay to Breakers flew past me! That woman was booking in a ball gown, long gloves and a tiara!


The first marker I saw was for the 4-mile point in Golden Gate Park... right near the Conservatory of Flowers...


where I saw a businessman running in his suit...


and some Star Wars guys...


Luke Skywalker said he was getting tired, and Darth Vader said, "Just feel The Force, son. Feel The Force." I am not kidding. He said that.

Then Waldo ran past...




Where's Waldo?

Right around here, my friend caught up to me! It is really a miracle that she found me... and so cool :) We ran the rest of the race together.

We passed the bison... yes, bison... in San Francisco...

they are not dogs... they are buffalo... really

Got some official pictures taken at the 6-mile mark. Smiling :)

Rounded the bend and there was the Pacific Ocean... the BREAKERS. Almost done.

My friend and I were running side-by-side and decided to cross the finish line holding hands, arms thrown up in the air triumphantly. Big smiles. Gun time finish of 1:16:07 but chip time was 1:10:13.

The official Hayes Hill time of 27:37 gave me a pace of 10:16.
I hit the 4-mile mark at 40:08 on my watch.
Ran a 9:18 for the next mile
followed by an 8:55
and an 8:37
with the last 0.46 miles being completed in 3:45.

Overall pace was 9:29.

I finished in the top 12% of all finishers and in the top 5% of all women and in my age group.

I did a-okay :)  Very happy with this one! 

And it was a BLAST!!!!


As we stood waiting in the freezing cold with the Pacific wind blowing on us, I had the opportunity to see the naked finishers. From the front. Here is what I noticed...

The vast majority of Bare to Breakers runners I saw were not Sports Illustrated swimsuit models or Calvin Klein underwear models... they were just regular, middle-aged people.
though it was interesting to see what sorts of "personal grooming" these folks chose for the big race...

And cold weather shrinkage is real.
And I am sure having been rigorously jostled didn't help.

What really struck me was how they all finished proud... not a one of them looked at all self-conscious about his or her "imperfect" body. At that moment, the idea shifted from comical to inspiring.
Weird, I know.


Then there was the shuttle ride back to the BART station...

We won't go there today... except to let you know that I saw Elvis!


He was sitting across the aisle from me on the shuttle! He said he's now living in Fresno... shhhhh... don't tell anyone... it's a secret...


21 comments:

  1. Oh, ummm, wow!!!

    First congrats on your race

    I never been to a race with such crazy outfits and definetly never to one with no, umm, costumes at all.

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  2. Business suits to birthday suits. Love it! It is so funny to just see people's butts right there, I can only imagine running behind them. :P Actually, I think maybe I'd rather not imagine that.... Glad you had a good time, looks like it was a blast!

    And what is with the buffalo?

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  3. Way too funny!! Great time, I'm so glad you did so well!! Yea! Thanks for a very funny post!!

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  4. "And cold weather shrinkage is real.
    And I am sure having been rigorously jostled didn't help." Wow! Thanks for sharing the truth with us :D

    I loved the part about no one being self-conscious. Isn't that the best? I mean...maybe we don't want to see some bodies naked, but to have that kind of confidence about the body God gave you...WOW!! I have to love it!

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  5. Awesome. Great job!! I can't imagine running nekkid... I know there is no way I'd have the guts or confidence for that matter to do it.

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  6. I just have to say - only in San Francisco. I don't know if I could handle the naked runners, to be honest. Of course, I couldn't handle that run either. ;)

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  7. That race looks HILARIOUS! Umm I am uncomfortable running in a sports bra much less NAKED! Crazy. :) Congrats on your race!

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  8. These pictures are fantastic! What a fantastic race, and great job!
    :)

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  9. Not a fan of those naked booties! Great pics thanks for sharing!

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  10. Well, damn, why wasn't the top freezing guy go sans short instead of the old farts in front of you? Would have been a bit more..um..motivating?!!?

    I ran that race in 1991, I see not a lot has changed! :)

    YAY on finishing happy!!! And congrats on a great placement - you rock girl!!

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  11. Not sure which I loved more: the naked butts or the guy with the captiong "freezing guy"...thinking...thinking...ok, the naked butts!

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  12. ha ha! This butt shot...you are so awesome to get this picture! haha. I don't think I would be self confident enough to do this!! run naked or take the picture. ha ha... Okay, I'd take the picture. All of these pics are great and the recap is too! Congrats on 12% girl! Love to you!

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  13. congrats on your great results!!!!
    you are too fast for me!!!!

    I could never run naked, no chance, even if I had a perfect body still could not do it.
    and you are brave, I could not have taken that picture!!!!

    fun race report!!!
    love it!

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  14. What a fun race report! Running naked sounds uncomfortable to me but what the heck, good for them!
    Really good finish- congrats to you and thanks for all the fun pictures!

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  15. what i want to know is how do you run a race naked and not get arrested? (Not that i'm planning on trying it!) Just curious!

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  16. Wow...funny! Congrats for finishing in the top 12%! Just stopping by. Following you from the 'Who In the World? Wednesday' Blog Hop. Would love it if you 'like' my page: www.facebook.com/flightlessgoose

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  17. I KNEW you wouldn't disappoint me! I've been seeing pics on my friends' Facebook but was eagerly anticipating your reports. I thought since the race started earlier this year, maybe it would weed out some of the crazies, but I guess not even an early morning start time would keep them away!

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  18. Nice race recap and funny pictures.

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  19. Thanks for the comment on my blog!

    Great race report! Looks fairly similar to what I experienced as well!

    I love your idea of stapling or taping a ziploc back to the back of your race number with your money and such inside it. I now wear a fuel belt, so I likely will put things inside that though. I still tie my key into my shoe, it is always reliable that I won't lose it, haha

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