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Three Things You Don’t Know About the Bay to Breakers

Monday, May 20th, 2013

1.  THE TOP OF HAYES STREET HILL _ISN’T_ THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE BTOB FUN-RUN. JUST CHECK THE ROUTE PROFILE:

“Here’s your route profile, starting from the SoMA near the bay going all the way to the breakers of Ocean Beach. See that big incline just before mile marker three? That’s the vaunted Hayes Street Hill. (And actually, the highest part of Hayes Street on this part of the course is near Pierce, not “at Fillmore and Steiner“ and not ”between Fillmore and Sutter.”)

And actually, that part of Hayes peaks at around 260 feet, not 215:

Now, here’s your winner. It’s the 270-something foot high saddle on JFK Jr. Drive betwixt Prayer Book Cross and Stow Lake / Strawberry Hill, where ”Kennedy” is written:

2. THE BTOB FUN-RUN IS A 12K, AND YET IT’S NOT A 12K – THE CLAIMED “WORLD RECORDS” ARE NOT, IN FACT, WORLD RECORDS

“Race organizers and media have reported that the course records set by Sammy Kitwara in 2009 and Lineth Chepkurui in 2010 are also world records at the 12 km distance;[31] however, the International Association of Athletics Federations, the international governing body for the sport of athletics/track and field, does not recognize world records or world bests in either an indoor or outdoor 12 km.[32] The Association of Road Racing Statisticians, a non-regulatory group that collects road running data, does recognize world records in the outdoor 12 km provided that the race course meets certain criteria.[33][34] In order to rule-out the possibility of wind assistancein point-to-point courses, the ARRS stipulates that the course must have “not more than 30% of the race distance separation between that start and finish”, or 3.6 km for a 12 km race.[34] Given that the Bay to Breakers is run on a point-to-point course in which the start and finish of the event are approximately 10.5 linear kilometers apart, the ARRS recognizes two other marks as 12 km world records: Kenyan Simon Kigen‘s 33:46 in Portland, Oregon on May 19, 1985 and Chepkurui’s 38:10 at the 2010Lilac Bloomsday Run.[33][nb 2]

3. MOST PEOPLE _DON’T_ PAY THE ABSURDLY HIGH REGISTRATION FEE. MOST PEOPLE YOU SEE ARE “BANDITS”

HERE’S THE OFFICIAL ESTIMATE: “…more than in the hundreds but less than tens of thousands.” THE REAL NUMBER IS TENS OF THOUSANDS.

“The Bay to Breakers is known for the large number of unregistered runners, or “bandits”, who participate in the race. Ross Mirkarimi, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, reported that over half of the 60,000 participants in the 2010 Bay to Breakers were unregistered.[19] San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom was among the runners in 2010 who did not pay the registration fee to obtain a race number.[19][22] Registered participation was 24,430 in 2010,[23] 43,954 in 2011,[24] 23,072 for 2012,[25], and approximately 20,000 for 2013.[26]

Beware, Car Owners: The Great B2B Tow of ’13 is a Coming This Weekend – Hundreds Will Get Towed by SFGov – Will You?

Friday, May 17th, 2013

I’ll tell you, I’m not exactly sure when the tow away signs went up for this year’s historic Bay to Breakers street party – maybe it was today.

No matter, hundreds of cars are going to get towed this Saturday and Sunday.

It’s going to be epic.

Here are the streets to not park your car upon.

Sometimes they give you a week’s notice, but not this year I don’t think.

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Let’s review.

Before we can have this…

…or this…

From hard-working Steve Nguyen

…we’re going to have to have this:

(I remember it as if it were just two years ago…)

“The Great Tow of 2011:

One car gets away  in the nick of time, but three others aren’t so lucky:

Ted and Al’s had like ten yellow tow trucks ready to go late Saturday night, in the driving rain. (Note how Bank of America is protecting its windows – the IndyBay crowd got to them, smashy smashy, about a year or so back, unrelated to Bay to Breakers.)

Now, speaking of prêt-à-porters, this is the main body, this is the largest array for the Golden Gate Park Panhandle:

And here’s the second-biggest grouping, along Masonic:

And there are some on the other side of Fell, typically in groups of six on some of the blocks.

But that’s it.

Not sure where B2B is hiding their 1000+ portable toilets claimed for 2011, at this point, just hours before the Kenyans take off on their winning runs.

Oh well.

And there’s no sign of the fencing neither, except for what they have every year.

We’ll see.

The Great Fence of B2B100 is supposed to have upon it either images of Christ hand-selected by P. Anschutz or photos of people who ran the race before white NIMBYs moved into the Western Addition. (You’ll have to tell me about it…). Anyway, here’s the baby fencing they have on scene already along with, and isn’t this cute, a message from San Francisco Natives for a Fun and Buzzed Bay to Breakers. Apparently, the cops can’t arrest for an open container in San Francisco…

And doesn’t this just break your heart – this Vespa scooter has been forgotten on the slopes of the famed Hayes Street Hill, the second highest point on the “racecourse.” Will Auto-Return charge $700 for its return?

Remember, Transit First.

All right, have a great Bay to Breakers 100!

The Great Towaway of Bay to Breakers 100 a Huge Success – But, There are Fewer Than 100 Port-a-Potties in the Panhandle

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Now remember, personal headphones are legal at today’s Bay to Breakers 100, but nudity is not – or is that the other way round? No matter, as long as you spectators can make it to Hayes Street Hill and the Panhandle area in the Western Addition, you’ll be sure to catch the action.

Why do they call the somewhat corrupt company what tows away your car “Auto Return?” They ought to call themselves Auto Take-away, right?

One car gets away  in the nick of time, but three others aren’t so lucky:

Ted and Al’s had like ten yellow tow trucks ready to go late Saturday night, in the driving rain. (Note how Bank of America is protecting its windows – the IndyBay crowd got to them, smashy smashy, about a year or so back, unrelated to Bay to Breakers.)

Now, speaking of prêt-à-porters, this is the main body, this is the largest array for the Golden Gate Park Panhandle:

And here’s the second-biggest grouping, along Masonic:

And there are some on the other side of Fell, typically in groups of six on some of the blocks.

But that’s it.

Not sure where B2B is hiding their 1000+ portable toilets claimed for 2011, at this point, just hours before the Kenyans take off on their winning runs.

Oh well.

And there’s no sign of the fencing neither, except for what they have every year.

We’ll see.

The Great Fence of B2B100 is supposed to have upon it either images of Christ hand-selected by P. Anschutz or photos of people who ran the race before white NIMBYs moved into the Western Addition. (You’ll have to tell me about it…). Anyway, here’s the baby fencing they have on scene already along with, and isn’t this cute, a message from San Francisco Natives for a Fun and Buzzed Bay to Breakers. Apparently, the cops can’t arrest for an open container in San Francisco…

And doesn’t this just break your heart – this Vespa scooter has been forgotten on the slopes of the famed Hayes Street Hill, the second highest point on the “racecourse.” Will Auto-Return charge $700 for its return?

Remember, Transit First.

All right, have a great Bay to Breakers 100!

Hey Kids! Volunteer to Sell Sell Sell the 2011 Bay to Breakers – Your Commish Will Be Zero Percent!

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

You know what it takes to sell, sell, sell the 2011 Bay to Breakers Civic Event? Well, just ask Alec Baldwin.

And after that, send in your application, why not. Then you’ll be able to spend hundreds of hours “presenting sales opportunities” and “supporting the sales staff” with “sales efforts.” It’s going to be sell, sell, sell!

And best of all, you won’t get Jack. Thanks, AEG!

And if you don’t like it, leave. Now, here’s what it takes to sell the Bay to Breakers – it takes brass balls:

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Of course the gig’s in Los Angeles, ’cause, you know, not many people behind the oldest something-or-other that is BtoB actually live in the 415. They don’t mind visiting occasionally, but, overall, S.F. is just a skosh too faggy for them. Oh well.

Remember, sell! Just think of your zero commission.

“Address: 714 W Olympic Blvd Ste 301

Location: Los Angeles, CA
Application Deadline: No Deadline
Position: Part-Time, Unpaid
Timeframe: 01/10/11 – ?
Description:
The AEG Sales & Marketing Department is seeking an energetic and hardworking individual to join our team! This internship will focus around the longest continuously run footrace in America – the Bay to Breakers 12K in San Francisco (***.*************.***). The internship will provide qualified college students the opportunity to gain access and insight into the highly competitive world of professional sports. Our goal is to allow each intern with the opportunity to provide their input through their creativity and resources. Qualified individuals must be current college students and receive college credit for this internship since this is an unpaid position. Flexible hours to correspond with their school schedule.

Responsibilities:
Job Responsibilities

Assist the Sales & Marketing Department’s programs and initiatives
- Support sales staff on sales efforts
- Operational support on Festival and VIP Experiences
- Implement execution of grassroots campaign within the running community
- Present sales opportunities to running clubs and organized groups within the targeted demographics.
- Engage on collegiate campuses to create awareness of AEG events.
- Collect, organize and import new customer and prospect leads into database
- Weekly Reports and updates
- Use the Internet to research industry trends and opportunities

Requirements:
- Currently enrolled in an accredited college or university
- Able to receive school credit
- Detail oriented with strong follow-up skills
- Proficiency in the following Microsoft Office programs: Word, Excel, Power Point & Outlook
- Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work 20 hours a week

Bay to Breakers at 100: Sheriff to Help Out – Mobile Jails Coming – Yet Heart Attacks Kill More than Alcohol

Friday, September 17th, 2010

[UPDATE: . And here are the general details of BtoB and see a bunch of photos from 2010 here and here's the latest about BtoB]

1. Is Anschutz Entertainment Group really “paying to use the streets” on any given BtoB Sunday? If so, what’s the rate? Can I get the same rate and then have the SFPD enforce the particular laws that I want them to enforce?

The kind of thing the Bay to Breakers people are trying to stop:

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2.  What’s that, AEG? You’re super close to getting a sponsor to replace ING? Let’s hope it’s Bud Light, you know, like the way it was before, before the time C. Montgomery Burns bought the race. Oh that’s right, alcohol is illegal on the streets that you’ve bought and paid for, right AEG? Anyway, let’s hope it’s some kind of consumer product, you know, so the boycott can gain traction…

3. Are you really going to put people into mobile jails, AEG? Or, maybe you’ll have your do-boys at the Sheriff’s Department do you bidding? All right. Would you have put Mayor Gavin Newsom into a mobile unit for not registering, the way he done this year?

4. Oh, that’s right, your security guards are  just going to eject people off of your property and hope the ”bandit” runners don’t try to get back in the race again. Good luck with that. How many hundreds of security guards are you going to hire?

5. Now, has anyone died from a drug or alcohol overdose in B2B history? Not that I’m aware of. But people die of heart attacks all the time at the Bay to Breakers, right? By now, you know where and when this kind of thing will happen. Why not pay to have people standing by with defibrillators to help out before an ambulance can arrive? Oh, I see, you don’t really give a romeo’s alpha about health issues unless it furthers your goals, unless you can use it to justify you getting your way, like when you you talk about 30 ambulance calls for OD’ing in 2010 and whatnot. I see what you’re doing there, BtoB.

6. Bay to Breakers General Manager Angela Fang called the measures “imperative to the preservation of the event.” I see what you’re doing there again, BtoB. In your eyes, you’re the side that’s preserving the race. And those People for the Preservation of the Bay2Breakers, you know, the people you’re against, I suppose they’re not for the preservation of  BtoB. I don’t know, maybe Sam Singer is the wrong tool for this job…

It’s the same thing every year – lot’s of talk about what will happen, but when the rubber meets the road, none of this crap happens and it’s just same old civic event. Aren’t you tired of this by now, Angela?

See you next year…

Get the latest about Bay to Breakers 100 from Brent Begin at the Examiner and Andrew Dalton from the Aggressive Panhandler.

Spuds McKenzie judges us from Doggy Heaven:

Forgive us, Spuds. We’ve besmirched Your Legacy.

Bay to Breakers 100: Sponsor Boycott Delayed Due to Lack of Sponsor, But What About Bud Light?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

I tell you, I can’t hardly wait until the AEG people pick a sponsor for the 100th running of this race Civic Event. Why? Because the sponsor boycott can’t start until we all know who the sponsor is, right?   

Since ING is gone now, why not bring in a corporation / brand from back in the day? Why not bring back Bud Light?

Now, you’re probably too young to remember but, just as Smoking Joe Camel introduced generations of kids to the world of smoking, Spuds MacKenziehelped Anheuser-Busch appeal to the all-important teen demographic. And the BotB civic party played a role as well, by actually having Bud Light become a major sponsor back in the 1980′s, back in the halcyon days of the BtoB.

See? Here’s an official B2B poster from the 1980′s:

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Now, granted, alcohol has been, once again, banned from the Bay to Breakers party, but it’s interesting to note that B2B did just fine with booze back in the 1980′s, back before millionaires started moving into neighborhoods with new names like NoPA and Divco.

And, speaking of alcohol, what’s the worst that can happen to you if you’re caught with an open container on the Streets of San Francisco? Well, let’s ask this fellow -he was just caught by the SFPD with the old beer-bottle-in-a-paper-bag at the Powell Street Cable Car turnaround.

I mean, can you guess? What would you do if you were the cop?

 

You’d make dude pour it out and then you’d give him a warning to Go Forth And Sin No More. Right?

That’s what happened here. And actually, at the B2B street party and fun run itself, the cops dispensewith the warnings. They won’t arrest you and AEG can’t arrest you, so why does AEG go on about people getting arrested. Don’t know.  

Or, if you want, you can always do what everybody else does – they pour their booze into another container. See?

Rum rum yum yum. This way, you’re nice and legal.**

Anyway, feel free to register for the 100th Bay to Breakers, if you want. I’ll think that you’re a sucker*, but that’s O.K., no biggee. I mean the Mayor’s a millionaire, right? He could have afforded to register for the 99th running earlier this year but he didn’t. Why? Well, you got to plan ahead ‘n stuff, you’re not sure of your sked, and, really, if you’re not trying to win money in the race, what’s the point of using some professional-style shoe-mounted RFID chip thing? If you want to know your time, just can just use your watch or your iPhone, right?

In conclusion:

1. Find a sponsor soon, B2B, preferably with a consumer product that has a strong brand-name to protect. The boycott can’t begin otherwise.

2. The reason why rich NIMBYs didn’t complain about B2B back in the 1980′s when the race had more people and more booze is because the rich NIMBYs hadn’t moved in yet.

3. Nobody gets arrested for open container in the 415 unless they start mouthing off to the cops, and even then….

4. Nobody’s died from alcohol at the B2B, right? And yet lots of people have heeled over and died from heart attacks over the years. Why not have portable heart defibrillators posted all along the route (and particularly near the end)? Wouldn’t that improve safety more than a big fight over alcohol?

5. And, what could flackmeister Sam Singer have done, back in the day, for Hitler, really? What can he do for you, B2B, really?   

*Unless you’re a serious racer. And I’ll take the time now to note that there are various things that AEG could do to discourage sponsor-unfriendly foreign competitors from winning year after year, but to AEG’s credt, they don’t do those tings, so that’s good, anyway.

**Well, maybe not actually legal or nothing, but close enough to keep you from getting hassled by The Man…

It’s Not Too Late to Catch Massive Attack Down at the Warfield Tonight, May 26, 2010

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Tonight will be your last chance to see the Massive Attack down at the Warfield Theatre on Market Street. Are you giddy yet?

Last night’s effort was epic don’t you know. They tore down the house, but not so much so that they can’t do it again tonight.

Anyway, if you’re not doing anything else…

AVP Pro Beach Volleyball in Full Swing in San Francisco. Finals Tomorrow

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

Read all about the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball competition in San Francisco right here. And, bonus, watch it live right now, right here(assuming you can handle a little Microsoft SilverLight software, that is.)

And you can also see some action on Comcast cable TV (somehow, not sure which channel) starting at 2:00 PM Sunday.

New mom Kerri Walsh wins a point in a close match yesterday. Click to expand:

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See? The first game went into overtime:

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No 90-pound weaklings here. Beefcake, Beefcake, BEEFCAKE!

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Lucky fans can find a giant key in the sand to win, win, win! I think this was for a luxury stay at a Hyatt:

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And the Marines are recruiting, using their giant red Hummer.

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See you there!

See Gold Medal Olympians Play Pro Beach Volleyball – AVP in SF, CA Thru Sunday

Friday, August 14th, 2009

Well, construction is all finished at Piers 30-32 so the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open is on today, tomorrow and the next. Read the press release below.

Competition in the Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup yesterday. The finals  on Sunday will be in the temporary stadium. 

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Hunter/House and Kaslow/Wooliver Win Inagural Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup and Break into Main Draw of AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine
Main Draw play begins 8 a.m.  FRIDAY

SAN FRANCISCO (August 13, 2009) – Two beach volleyball teams have earned their shot at professional beach volleyball stardom Thursday at the inaugural Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup. Colleen Hunter and Meghan House (St. Louis), and Colin Kaslow and Tim Wooliver (Austin) have played into the Main Draw of the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine, professional beach volleyball’s only stop in the Bay Area.

The Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup featured the best players from sixteen volleyball leagues around the nation, each of whom qualified to play in San Francisco in the hopes of getting their chance to make it into the main event, the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot Wine.

On the women’s side, Hunter and House defeated New York’s Dana Fiume and Ginger Schuster 18-21, 21-17, 16-14 to take home the first-ever women’s Barefoot Wine AVPNext Championship Cup title.

“We’re in shock,” House said. “As soon as the ball hit that net, we just started bawling.”

Hunter and House, now seeded 24th in the Main Draw, will take on ninth-seeded Angie Akers and Tyra Turner at 8 a.m. on Friday.

On the men’s side, Kaslow and Wooliver defeated St. Louis’ Phil Goedecker and Wayne Scott 13-21, 25-23, 15-10 in the final.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Wooliver said. “That’s why we play, to eventually make it to the AVP.”

Kaslow and Wooliver, also now seeded 24th, will attempt to upset ninth-seeded Billy Allen and Braidy Halverson.

Friday marks the start of Main Draw action at the AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Barefoot wine. Athletes set to play include Santa Clara native, Stanford graduate and two-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh and 2008 gold medalists Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers, as well as Beijing Olympian and Orinda native Nicole Branagh. Stanford graduates Matt Fuerbringer and Ashley Ivy will also take to the sand Friday.

The AVP Crocs Tour San Francisco Open presented by Bud Light continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Piers 30/32 in San Francisco. Sunday’s men’s and women’s finals will be broadcast live on Comcast Sports Net Bay Area, starting at 2 p.m. PDT.

Tickets are available at www.avp.com, www.sfgiants.com or at the onsite box office.

Along the piers they have more tents set up than you would find at a typical Quidditch World Cup. They were handing out free Barefoot Wine yesterday:

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See you there!