The best costumes from San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers race

San Francisco runs at a different speed than other cities. It also usually takes place in costumes.

Almost every year since 1912, the city has celebrated Bay to Breakers, a 12-kilometer race that begins at Howard and Main streets and ends at Ocean Beach. But like most San Francisco traditions, there’s a whimsical element involved, with the actual racing taking precedence over the antics and partying along the route and a costume fashion show. Although the race awards a few prizes, Bay to Breakers is more about spirit than finish time.

Although seemingly all fun and games, this year’s race was mired in some surprising controversies. The president of Capstone Event Group, which organizes the race, donated money to divisive political candidates. And initially, organizers refused to give prizes to non-binary runners, a policy that was retracted after widespread backlash.

Regardless of those issues, the event was back in full force after a two-year absence, with thousands of runners enjoying the cool, foggy weather.

Costumed runners compete in the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco on May 15, 2022.

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“I’m thrilled. I feel like things are getting back to normal,” said runner Zia Martinis, who was born and raised in San Francisco. “I hope it’s not a superspreader event, but I’ve got my mask on, I’ve washed my hands, and if nothing else, I’m going to have fun.”

As usual, there was a healthy contingent of salmon running upstream, as well as notable suits like a midshipman William Wallace, Care Bears and, of course, nothing at all.


Scroll down to see all the best looks from the 2022 Bay to Breakers race:

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