Sunday May 15, 2011

Bay to Breakers 2011 Completed

Powered by Odwalla Chocolate Peanut Butter bar and its muscle building protein, I completed my first Bay to Breakers ... yeee haw! It took me 0:53:55 to complete the race (distance of 7.46 miles or 12k) and that is a pace of 7:14/mile. My results are below:

The complete results for all the athletes can be viewed here. The race was sold out on Apr 13 with the number of runners capped at 50,000. The fastest runner, not a Kenyan or an Ethiopian but a Moroccan, completed in 34:26 (with a pace of 4:38). And imagine Mutai winning Boston Marathon 2011 with a pace of 4:41 ... for all of that 26.2 miles!

For about 0.25 miles, I was getting a lot of attention and with lots of cameras clicking around me. I realized after a few minutes that there was a naked couple, yep completely naked and truly in the spirit of Bay to Breakers, right behind me ;-) And then I saw several more like that on the way ;-) There was an Elvis Presley, a naked guy all painted in black, a team of snow dogs tied together, cheese hat girl, a fairy, guys wearing tutu, Batman, and a lot more. There was usual tortilla toss at the start line which made a colorful start to the race. I've always enjoyed the cheering crowd of the San Francisco city and this race was no different.

Here is the elevation chart for the race:

and my mile splits:

The "Hayes Hill" is between mile 2 and 3 and drops the pace significantly. More details about the race can be viewed below:

There was a seeded (for elite runners) and sub-seeded division (those who ran it in the earlier years in less than 45 minutes) but there were plenty of walkers or reaaally slow runners in Corral A which basically slowed down the start. Nobody was checking the bibs to ensure the runners are entering the right corral. I think Corral A runners should also be pre-qualified to give a speedy start to the interested runners. The post-race celebrations and the shuttle back to the start line (with an additional charge of $14) were quite far from the finish line. The parking at the Embarcadero Center, with a discounted rate of $10, worked out really well. There were other thugs who were charging $20 instead of the regular $12 weekend rate. Overall, I enjoyed running the race and will probably run it again next year.

Check out before/after pictures:

And that concludes a great running weekend with my wife completing her first 5K as my birthday gift from earlier this year!

Several runners asked me about the Odwalla jersey. I got that being part of Team Odwalla 2011. Follow @odwalla or post a comment on facebook.com/odwalla if you are interested too. And you can also buy all Odwalla bars online now at odwallashop.com!

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