SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — About 40,000 people have registered to participate in the 106th annual Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco Sunday, staffers said Friday.

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The race starts at 8 a.m. at Howard Street by the bay, finishing up on the Great Highway by the breakers at Ocean Beach. As ever, a multitude of wild costumes and running groups are expected, as well as serious contenders.


“About 40,000 people are signed up to run,” said staffer Michael Fusaro. “We expect around 150,000 spectators.”

According to the website, it’s not too late to register. Late registrants can’t do so online, but can do so at the event expo at Pier 35 on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Runners can pick up their race packets at the expo, which is open to the public and features an array of fitness gear, technology and nutrition.

Participants can sign up for a guaranteed parking pass with Parking Panda by visiting the Bay to Breakers website, Fusaro said.

Whether you’re part of a centipede — a linked group of 13 or more — or a seeded runner, there are plenty of options for getting to and from the race.

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BART will run special trains before the race starting at 6 a.m.

Sunday at 20-minute intervals, Caltrain will run four special northbound trains to the race starting at 5:50 a.m. and the San Francisco Bay Ferry will add special morning service departing at 6 a.m.

Shuttles will run from the North Bay, the South Bay and the East Bay at 6:30 a.m. The North Bay Shuttle picks up runners at the Mill Valley Park & Ride lot, the South Bay uses the Millbrae Park & Ride lot and the East Bay shuttle uses the Emeryville Park & Ride lot.

The shuttles will return to their original pickup locations after the race.

Folks driving through the city are advised by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency that there are only two options to travel north or south across the course of the race. These are at the Embarcadero and Crossover Drive, which connects 19th Avenue to Presidio Boulevard and 25th Avenue through Golden Gate Park.

Bay to Breakers

Runners in the 103rd Bay to Breakers footrace in San Francisco head toward the finish line at Ocean Beach. (James Irwin/

One of the characteristics of the event, which began as the Cross City Race on January 1, 1912, according to the website, is the wild costumes.

In the past, participants in the 7.46-mile race have worn things such as pickle costumes or donned chicken suits — or nothing at all besides running shoes.

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