Bay To Breakers Registration Up Despite Race’s Money Issues

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Organizers of this year’s 100th Bay to Breakers race have said registration is running three to four times higher than usual for this time of year, but money issues could put the race’s future up in the air.

Bay to Breakers has largely been known less for being a 12K race and more for being a booze fest, which is why organizers have clamped down some strict rules regarding alcohol and floats.

“It’s nonsense to believe you have to get liquored up and falling down dead drunk to have a great time at Bay to Breakers,” said race spokesman Sam Singer who added this isn’t the last planned running.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

He did however acknowledge there is no title sponsor after ING declined to renew and the race owners have been losing money on the event.

“The race is owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group and Mr. Anschutz is a runner himself and this is one of his favorite races,” said Singer.

He claimed the race will move forward with or without sponsorship.

“I’m sure that in the future races in the future years there will be new sponsors. It’s a great, fun, free-spirited tradition,” said Singer.

Last year 35,000 people ran the race, this year the event is capped at 50 thousand.

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