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Boozy Bay To Breakers Attempts Dry Run For Centennial

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A group of runners wait at the start line of the 99th Annual Bay To Breakers Marathon in San Francisco. (CBS)

A group of runners wait at the start line of the 99th Annual Bay To Breakers Marathon in San Francisco. (CBS)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers footrace will mark its 100th year of costumed chaos Sunday, and organizers are hoping a new zero-tolerance alcohol policy will help usher in a more responsible, sponsor-friendly era.

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But many participants plan a different kind of birthday celebration.

A detailed Bay to Breakers Booze Map provides directions to liquor stores that will open in time for the 7 a.m. race, while a Berkeley brewery is setting up nine “pit stops” at bars along the 7.5-mile route from the San Francisco Bay to the ocean.

Organizers and city officials say the crackdown — including police checkpoints and “sobering tents” — helps ensure public safety.

Despite the stepped-up security, however, many predict the tens of thousands of expected revelers will find a way to continue the party.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report)

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