Tonight, the kids are bummed because ”ING ignores citizens’ requests to collaborate on Bay to Breakers!” Uh oh. The latest communique from some of the people against changing the 98-year-old tradition:
“Talks with race officials stalled. We are boycotting all race registration until further notice. We are calling for runners and non-runners to unite in this effort.”
Well, aint that America? It would seem the next chapter in this tale will take place Thursday morning at 9:00 AM, when permits will be discussed:
Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation (ISCOTT)
Thursday, February 26, 2009
1 South Van Ness Ave, Room #7080
San Francisco, CA
The horror, the horror of the 2008 Bay to Breakers Civic Parade. Are these Ivy-League, U.C., and Stanford grads really “bandits” and “thieves?”
via Dave Shumaker
Of course the organizers of B2B are proud that they get ink from the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, which gives sports fans a bucket list of 101 things to do before they die:
“84. Bay to Breakers (May, San Francisco). There are many public runs across the world, but none matches this nearly century-old 12K through one of the world’s most beautiful cities for sheer spectacle. As many as 80,000 runners compete in all manner of costume — and sometimes, no clothes at all. This is San Francisco, after all.”
But check out why ESPN likes the pre-crackdown B2B here. You see? All the stuff that will be zero tolerated this year is why B2B made ESPN’s list – the ESPN writer specifically mentions mellow cops, alcohol, nuidity, and floats – all the things that make the traditional B2B something different from the thousands of annual 12k fun runs all over flyover country. Isn’t it ironic, don’t cha think?
On another front, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced his B2B resolution today at City Hall – read all about it.
Oh well, back to boycott news. It’s even on the Facebook:
***BOYCOTT ALL RACE REGISTRATION***
Until race organizers listen to the voices of thousands of San Francisco citizens and remove the Zero Tolerance restrictions announced two weeks ago. Talks with race organizers have STALLED and there is no sign of their interest in building solutions to make this race better instead of hijacking and suburbanizing the event.
Join our ZERO = ZERO movement…
Zero Tolerance = Zero Registrations
See our website for more information or read below.
Automatic for the people:
And of course the Yelpers are yelping away:
The Citizens for the Preservation of Bay2Breakers have welcomed an open dialogue with ING Race Organizers about how to maintain the traditions of Bay to Breakers in a more responsible and organized way after they declared a “Zero Tolerance” policy on alcohol, nudity and floats for the traditional event.http://www.ingbaytobre… stating, “It is important to note that ING Bay to Breakers is a 12K Race, not a civic parade.”firstname.lastname@example.org to help!http://www.savebay2bre…/http://maps.google.com…
ING Race Organizers have repeatedly been a no-show to meetings and conference calls showing that they have no intention of compromising or letting San Franciscans have a voice in THEIR race.
They even released this letter:
We need your help!
1. Temporarily BOYCOTT ALL REGISTRATION until ING Race Organizers and the city reconsider their position. We ask for solidarity amongst runners who traditionally register to withhold their registration until Race Organizers removes restrictions.
2. Volunteer! Please email:
3. Check out:
4. Attend the ISCOTT meeting where city planners and sponsors make the final decisions in city permits for the race:
Thursday February 26, 2009
1 South Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA
In short, it’s a social media firestorm. On it goes. Stay tuned.
Oh yes, a point counterpoint with An Open Letter to the ING Bay to Breakers Community after the jump