New Year’s Day cross-city run to finish at Ocean Beach
UPDATE 2:10 p.m. Jan. 1, 2011: Runners crossed the finish line of the ceremonial race a few minutes after noon on Saturday, Jan. 1. The handful of runners included a few in costume, including one man in a shiny gold suit and sunglasses.
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Organizers of San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers race plan a ceremonial run that will finish on the Great Highway at Ocean Beach on New Year’s Day.
The run is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bay to Breakers, and will follow the historic course of the race previously known as the Bulletin Cross City Race, according to organizers. It also serves as the kick-off to registration for the 100th Bay to Breakers race.
According to race representatives, no streets will be closed for the New Year’s Day event and no parking will be affected. Runners will use public sidewalks.
The New Year’s Day run will start at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Market Street and the Embarcadero.
Runners from some of the original running clubs of the 1912 Bulletin Cross City race will participate, including runners from the Olympic Club and St. Mary’s College, as well as the YMCA and the Dolphin South End Running Club, according to organizers.
The Olympic Club has its own tradition of running (and wading) along Ocean Beach on New Year’s Day, as Ocean Beach Bulletin columnist Woody LaBounty recounted in his most recent Before Now column.
The Bay to Breakers foot race will take place on May 15, 2011.