6 Bay To Breakers Do’s & Don’ts

May 12, 2014 2:41 PM

Bay To Breakers (credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Bay To Breakers (credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

87447686 6 Bay To Breakers Dos & Donts(credit: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Each year, it seems like we dig ourselves in a deeper hole when it comes to running at the annual Bay To Breakers event. One year we can’t be naked and the next we sort of can and what’s with that “No alcohol” rule? Further on that note, Bay To Breaker organizers are thankfully adding more port-a-potties this year. You know, those big blue or green things that line the streets?

According to, that’s just one of the many do’s and don’t we have to comply with at the annual 103rd Bay To Breakers. Here are some more:

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No Tortillas

The starting line tradition of tossing stale tortillas in the air is not allowed for 2014. Clearly, tortillas are a civic menace.

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No Booze / Beer

Bay To Breakers says they have a “zero tolerance” policy for runners and spectators.

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Do NOT Bring Any Floats, Strollers & Carts

Sadly no more floats are allowed – no more strollers, skateboards, roller blades or bicycles either.

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Do Have An Official Bay To Breakers Bib

We’re not sure exactly how they’ll enforce this, but organizers say they’ll try to boot everyone from the course who hasn’t paid to register.

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Do NOT Bring Backpacks

For obvious security reasons, unless it’s tiny and clear plastic and and are no bigger than 8.5″x11″x4,” no backpacks are allowed on the course.

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There doesn’t seem to be any official Bay to Breakers policy for 2014 regarding nudity on the course. And the city’s public nudity ban has a special exemption for “appropriate venues” just like Bay to Breakers.

The 103rd Annual Bay To Breakers begins early Sunday morning, May 18th, a few blocks from The Embarcadero on Howard Street and runs through the city. Ending at the Great Highway near Ocean Beach. For more on the Bay To Breakers, visit

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