After months without a sponsor, Zazzle, an unknown, decided to put their name on the 100th running of the race. I'm not going to lie, I was really skeptical about it. What could a company like Zazzle possibly know about running a huge race like Bay to Breakers??? Well, as it turns out, they knew a lot more than most other race sponsors, or they at least lucked out in hiring the right people.
All the talk about cleaning up the race had people freaking out in the weeks before the event. People were working out new ways to hide their alcohol and to avoid the "drunk tanks" along the course (excessively drunk people would be made to hang out in the tents and sober up before being sent on their merry way). People complained about not being able to party, about the early race start, and about the lack of floats allowed on the course.
Upon arrival at the race start (which was very easy, thanks to special early buses), several Road Runners gathered near our corral to take pictures and say hi before the race. Things seemed to be pretty normal, but this is usually the case. Most of the drunkies don't make it that far downtown before heading onto the race course.
|JV helps me attach my tail|
|As Head Coach of the Road Runners - I had to dress as a Road Runner! Beep! Beep!|
|JV and Steven. It was JV's 7th Anniversary, so she went as a blushing bride.|
|Running 101ers, ready for their first race!|
|SFRRC members before the race|
|With Cameron, JV, and Steven in the start corral|
|JV's first proposal of the day - he wanted to snap a photo with her!|
|Alllllmost across the start line|
The best part? Upon reaching Ocean Beach, we were treated to a rainbow over the water. And a downpour. Fortunately, it was over quickly! We walked up to Footstock, collected our medals and some post-race goodies, and then headed on home. Workout done by 10:00am, and not a drunk in sight by the time we made it out of there. Success!
|Rainbow at the finish!|
|Very cool B2B medal!|
|JV gets ANOTHER proposal!|