Course | Starting line | Back of the Pack | Finish line 
Spectator guide | Results | Safety | First aid 
T-shirt | Registration questions | Travel | Coverage 
Souvenir edition | Next Year | Transportation
Fact sheet
The course
Click on the map for an interactive view of the Breakers course and starting lines. Or, download and print a course map or starting line map.
12K (7.46 miles)

Mostly flat, with steep hill at 2.5 mile mark; gradual downhill through Golden Gate Park. See map for route.

Course Record: Men, 1993, Ismael Kirui, Kenya; 33:42 Women, 1995, Delillah Asiago, Kenya; 38:23

The starting line
Howard and Spear streets in San Francisco's Financial District.

Enter from Market Street and Mission Street; runners to Spear Street, walkers, striders, families and centipedes to Steuart St.

No check-in table or late registration on race day.

Back of the Pack Club
The Back of the Pack Club is for walkers, striders and families. There is no qualifying time required.

The starting area for the Back of the Pack Club is at Steuart and Howard Streets.

Finish line instructions
Finish line officials will direct you to open chutes to record your official time.

DO NOT SLOW DOWN OR CHANGE CHUTES WHILE IN THE FINISH CHUTES.

Spectator's course guide
The race covers 12 kilometers (7.46 miles) through city streets and Golden Gate Park.

The race starts at Spear and Howard streets at the foot of the Bay Bridge, crosses Market Street, climbs the Hayes Street Hill and continues through Golden Gate Park.

The finish line is at the Great Highway above the Pacific Ocean.

Breakers' Best Spectator viewing: The Beach Chalet on the Great Highway. Enjoy a beach breakfast, full bar, handcrafted brews and incredible views while you watch the racers meet the Breakers at the final stretch. Call 386-8439 for reservations.

Sites and scenery
Just beyond the 2 mile mark is the infamous half-mile-long Hayes Street Hill. Hayes Street is home to some of San Francisco's most picturesque Victorian buildings.

After the hill, the course travels 3.5 miles downhill and through the rolling terrain of Golden Gate Park.

The course passes several Golden Gate Park landmarks, including the Conservatory of Flowers, the buffalo pasture, and the Queen Wilhelmina windmill and tulip garden, which marks the home stretch down to the Great Highway and the Pacific.

Favorite Spectator Vantage Points Spectators watch the race from these prime locations:

Hayes Street Hill (Hayes from Gough to Pierce): Viewers watch runners battle the half-mile incline and breakaway for a stride through Golden Gate Park.
Finish Line (Great Highway): Share the excitement of viewers gathering to watch runners push past their limits to cross the finish line.
Conservatory of Flowers: Just past the 4 mile mark, bleachers will be set up so spectators can watch costumed runners at the Southwest Airlines Costume Contest broadcast live on KPIX 5.

Post-race results
Time results will be posted on our results page after the race.

Names of the first 10,000 timed finishers will be published on Monday, May 22 in a special souvenir edition of The San Francisco Examiner. Postcards indicating finish time and place are mailed to the vast majority of registered runners within a few weeks after the race.

Rules of the Road
Do not run in from the sides.
No roller blades, skateboards or bicycles.
Use caution with strollers and assisted wheelchairs.
No animals.
Walkers and slower traffic stay to the right and line up at the back of the pack.
No plastic bags for warm ups.
Naked running is not permitted. The Police Department may arrest or cite violators of city ordinances.

Finish line instructions
Finish line officials will direct you to open chutes to record your official time.
Do not slow down or change chutes.
At the end of the chute, turn in the bottom portion of your runner number.

First aid
First aid stations on the course are located within each mile mark and at Footstock. The aid stations are supplemented by Red Cross First Aid Running Patrols.

An emergency medical information form with a map showing the locations of the 14 emergency medical stations is on the back of your runner number card. Please wear your own runner number and complete the form on the back.

T-shirt distribution
Pick up your "I Survived" T-shirt at the Breakers Sport Expo or at Footstock.

You MUST have your actual runner number card in hand. You can pick up T-shirts for friends if you have their runner number card.

A limited number of youth size shirts are available.

Registration questions
To register in the 2000 Examiner Bay to Breakers, visit our registration page.

If you have concerns regarding your registration call (415) 777-7771 (Monday - Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and speak to a race representative. Prior to May 8, we can re-issue race packets. If you have misplaced or traveled to San Francisco without your runner number card, come to the Solution Desk at Late Registration during the Breakers Sport Expo for a handwritten duplicate number.

Travel & accommodations
The official race hotel is the Hyatt Regency San Francisco in Embarcadero Center. For Breakers room packages, please call (800) 233-1234. Special rate packages are subject to availability.

Southwest Airlines offers attendees a discount on travel to and from the Breakers. Call Southwest Airlines Group and Meeting Desk at (800) 433-5368, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (any time zone) five days prior to your first date of travel and refer to Identifier Code G9900.

Coverage
KGO Newstalk AM 810
Race day coverage begins at 5 a.m., with traffic and weather updates. Live coverage at 8 a.m. with Joe Starkey and Rosie Allen.

KPIX Channel 5
KPIX Race Day Broadcast Schedule:
7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.: LIVE Pre-Race Show
8 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.: LIVE Race Coverage
6:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.: Highlights Show

Souvenir edition
A special pictorial souvenir edition of the San Francisco Examiner, including race highlights, color photographs, costume contest winners, and the names of the top 10,000 finishers, can be purchased at newstands in San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara counties on Monday, May 22. The Souvenir Edition will be available in all other counties on Tuesday, May 23.

Copies can also be ordered by sending a check to:

SFNA
P.O. Box 7228
San Francisco, CA 94120-7228
Attn: Back Copies

The cost is $2.00 and must be purchased before August 15. Checks should be made payable to SFNA, and please specify that you would like the May 21, Examiner Bay to Breakers Souvenir Edition.

Next Year
The 2001 Examiner Bay to Breakers is scheduled to be on Sunday, May 20.

Check the San Francisco Examiner and the Breakers Web site for the latest Breakers news. The entry form is scheduled to be available beginning March 1, 2001.