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Fly like an eagle

For many (if not most) of those participating, Bay to Breakers is less about competitive athleticism and more about getting the chance to spread one's wings and soak in the sun and debauchery.

An early birthday celebration

Two runners mark the Golden Gate's 75th in style. Tiger reportedly blocking southbound traffic; expect delays.


Bottle-in-hand, Steve Irwin snags one fierce-looking crocodile.

The running of the Muppets

Gonzo and Animal make a surprise appearance. Both muppets prove to be surprisingly athletic.

For ages 6 and up

An overcrowded, age-inappropriate, and we can only assume inebriated game of Twister.

A scurvy sea dog

Searching for buried treasure can be hard work. This runner takes a break in the shade.

Bold, buxom, and bristly

These hairsute beauties flaunt it all. Not sure about the raincoats though.

Disney by way of Valencia.

Our favorite cartoon heroes and heroines get a hipster make-over (e.g. "My magic carpet is a fixed gear bike").

"There's always money in the banana stand"

Fans of Arrested Development pay tribute to their favorite defunct T.V. show, dressed as characters Maeby, George Michael, Lindsay, and "Pop Pop" George Bluth.

Johnny Castle cuts a rug

Patrick Swayze dirty dances at yesterday's festivities, partner held aloft.

Say anything

A lone romantic stands out in the crowd to let his special someone know that "in your eyes (the light, the heat) / in your eyes, I am complete."

Tree hugger

Some Bay-to-Breakers wanted to exhibit their love of Mother Nature...

Tree cutters

...while others did not.

A simple request

Amid the hustle and bustle to get from one end of the city to the other, one thoughtful participant urges his fellow racers to stop for a moment of contemplation and, in a phrase, "hammer time."

Consider the lobster

This four-eyed crustacean made an admirable effort in yesterday's race — especially given that he was also being boiled alive.

Tête à tetris

A couple of tetriminos show their appreciation for the video game classic.

Smile for the birdie

Taking a moment to sit in the grass and preen her feathers, this Bay-to-Breaker strikes a pose.

A peep show

We warned you that some of these costumes were risqué.

Your guess is as good as ours

Cross-dressing, alcohol, and male genetalia. What else did you expect from a Bay to Breakers costume?

The best costumes from Bay to Breakers

Ben Chistopher | May 21, 2012 | Lifestyle Story City Life

San Francisco's wild side was out in full-force yesterday as thousands of Bay to Breakers ran, walked, strutted, and stumbled their way from the Embarcadero to the beach. Here are a few shots of the best and the bawdiest.


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