The main reason I no longer attend the San Francisco Bay to Breakers Race; someone has turned the freak dial way too high. Although, I should point out that the group pictured here actually ended up winning the race, beating a Kenyan runner by 22 seconds (may not be true). And while this photo may be glorious/horrifying, it was not the most objectionable sight on Sunday. Not by far:
When deciding whether to check out this year's
race moving carnival, the deal breaker for me was the many naked male runners who usually accent the 7.46-mile course with their flopping extremities and pasty whiteness.
The bright sunshine turned to fog around Ashbury Street, but it didn't dampen many spirits — except, perhaps, those of a few of the naked men, who nevertheless soldiered on. One of the nudists, who identified himself only as Jack, was, by all indications, downcast during the post-party celebration at the Polo Grounds, where an icy wind joined the fog. He had by this time wrapped his manhood in a sock.
The winner of the actual race? John Korir, a Kenyan who clocked 34:28 for the 12-kilometer run from Howard and Beale streets to the Great Highway. He won $32,000, which was slightly more than this guy received.
Bay To Breakers [SF Gate]
Bay To Breakers: A Heaping Helping Of Crazy Since 1912 [SF Gay Examiner]