San Francisco Bay to Breakers: 16 May 2004

Photos by Neil Mishalov

The 93rd running of the San Francisco Bay to Breakers foot race.
Between 60,000 and 80,000 people turned out for this year's 7.46 mile event (12 Kilometers).
The sky was clear and the weather was in the low 70's. It was a beautiful day for a San Francisco "happening."

All Images and Text Copyright © by Neil Mishalov


Topographic Route Map and Elevation Profile:

Data gathered with a Garmin GPS Map 60C

Topographic mapping program for Macintosh OSX by National Geographic


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North Berkeley BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station at 6:13 a.m. Waiting for the arrival of the San Francisco train Getting on the train at 6:25 a.m. Heading towards San Francisco; we will exit at the Embarcadero station
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Waitng for the 8:00 a.m. start The starting line for the race is the blue banner in the distance The jaguar lady
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Psyching up for the start Milling around Two mothers and their daughters...future Bay to Breakers runners
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Beer at 7:30 a.m. Twins Nice outfit
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She is getting a little fidgety Kerry for President contingent. There were numerous Kerry supporters in the race. I only saw one Bush supporter... but, then, remember this is San Francisco Some gals from Mendocino County, California
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Beautiful! This, um, uh, woman was putting on his/her wig. He/she wanted to have a picture with me in it His wig is now on, come to think of it, I could probably also use some additional hair on my head!
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A pink boa Two wild and crazy guys getting lubricated before the race Chicken Little
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Hi gals Aww, she is going to get a free ride to the Pacific Ocean Nice outfits
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The race has started! After waiting for 20 minutes after the starter's gun, I finally crossed the starting line They are having fun Mother and daughter
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Heading south on Howard Street The Arnold Schwanzenegger "Gropenator 2004" machine The "Gropenator" sees a potential gropie
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Got her! She doesn't seem unhappy or shocked by the big grope The "Gropenator" is now moving towards this beautiful nurse. She is in line for a grope. That lucky machine! Nice costumes
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The Elvis Presley contigent is rolling a beer keg along the route. I must have seen 50 or more rolling beer kegs along the race course Oh my! These women are, uh, well endowed "Weapons of Mass Consumption"
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Strolling down the race course The begining of the Hayes Street hill Climbing up Hayes Street
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The cart she is rolling has a sign offering literature on nudism These San Francisco boys are strutting their stuff and doing a little dance for the runners Up, up up
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Peace? Yes, that is an appropriate term to use in this picture Hayes Street is packed with runners The top of the hill is in view
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This view made the climb worthwhile "The Ya Ya Vagina Runners Club." They are from Phoenix, Arizona, and they are having a good time in San Francisco Hayes Street takes a short, sharp descent
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She is watching the runners and dancing to the music We turn onto Divisadero Street for one short block Spectators watching the race and having a good time
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We are now on Fell Street, and are heading into Golden Gate Park. She has lovely purple hair Right! The goal of this race/happening/event is to finish at the beach on the Pacific Ocean Clothing?! Who needs clothing when you're in love?
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Removed: 15 September 2005 We are now in Golden Gate Park. We have run 4 miles and have 3.5 more miles to go before we reach the Pacific Ocean Nice buns
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I meet up with The Ya Ya Vagina Runners Club again The beautiful Conservatory of Flowers Three young girls heading towards the Pacific Ocean
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Wow, those are great looking ballons She is 78 years old; she is staying young by exercising She is advertising two different nudist colony web sites, one on each of her buns
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She isn't advertising anything on the frontal view A tattooed woman Nice dress
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The 7 mile mark. Only 1/2 mile to go to the finish of the race Yes! The Pacific Ocean comes into view The Pacific Ocean with the Marin Headlands in the distance
The finish line. The conclusion of the 93rd running of the San Francisco Bay to Breakers foot race

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