I had originally planned to take Sophie the whole way in our new running rickshaw, but found out the day before that there would be no parade floats or wheeled vehicles this year. In fact, baby strollers weren't allowed! Oops. That put us in a tough spot since 4-year-old Sophie isn't quite old enough to walk 7.5 miles in forecast wind and rain, but heavy enough that a 3-hour piggy-back ride was out of the question. Poor Sophie was heartbroken, sulking through the Expo with a lower lip pushed out so far that it was tripping other runners. But then she found the booth for the new Hell Run in Half Moon Bay and decided mud, fire pits, and river crossings sounded waaay better. That apple don't fall far from the tree, I tell ya.
|(Let the mayhem begin!)|
|(Here we go!)|
|(The elite women go first)|
|(The pink ape was white this year...)|
|(No B2B is complete without naked vikings...let THAT etch into your retinas!)|
|(Which is more cool - that hat, or the Beat It-era Michael Jackson behind him?)|
|(City firemen do their best not to get caught up in the revelry)|
|(Muppets rule! Animal looks a little hungover though)|
|(Two cookie monsters making out...hmmm, maybe it's best that Sophie wasn't here this year)|
|("Objects under kilt may be larger than they appear")|
|(There was a lot of THIS going on)|
|(Just another day on Fell St)|
I did the cool down walk, making friends with Dusty from San Luis Obispo as we became the first to enter the beer tent. Beer at 8am? Abso-f'ing-lutely. I am unemployed after all. ;-) As the sun warmed us up, I met a lot of great people, including Reggie and Lisa from New Jersey, a couple from the Russian River Valley tackling their first B2B, and many others who trekked far and wide to be a part of this event. There's no doubt that Bay to Breakers is a "must do" race for a lot of people. Once I got a few beers in me, I walked the course backwards to take in the revelry - ain't nothing like it!
|(Raggedy Anne does a warm down stretch in GG Park)|
|(Dusty and I enjoy a bit of sun at the end)|