Organizers Finish Up Prep Work For Bay To Breakers

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Organizers of Sunday’s Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco are once again enforcing a ban on alcohol and floats this year.

It is all part of a continuing effort to keep problems of past races from arising. The 2010 race marked the peak of years of complaints about drunk participants urinating in public, leaving behind trash and displaying overly aggressive behavior.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

“People were really not being respectful of the neighborhood they were running through,” said Panhandle resident Jarie Bolander.

Bolander and several of his neighbors are now working with race organizers and law enforcement officials to establish rules first enforced last year for the 100th anniversary of the Bay to Breakers.

The rules include no alcohol, no floats and no unregistered runners.

“Last year was pivotal to the race,” said Bolander.

Deputy police chief Denise Schmidt said they’re already working to make sure intoxicated people aren’t sold more booze.

“We’re out in the days running up to the race to talk to local businesses and merchants about the rules regarding alcohol,” she said.

More than 50 neighborhood ambassadors will also be out to report any unsafe conditions and to help with information and directions.

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