Elite Runner Info

Race Overview

San Francisco’s Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers is one of the oldest consecutively run annual footraces in the world, and has been a staple to the City by the Bay since May 1912. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12k race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience for 106 years, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breaks and the Bay. The 2018 edition will take place on Sunday, May 20.

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Elite Runner Perks

– Large prize purse

– Hotel accommodations at the Hyatt Regency

– Complete course tour

– Hospitality suite at hotel with some meals provided

– Finish line area hospitality suite

– Pre and post-race food and beverage

Records: 12k Distance


Male: 33:31, Sammy Kitwara (KEN)

Female: 37:50, Molly Huddle (USA)

Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers Course

Male: 33:31, Sammy Kitwara (KEN)

Female: 38:07, Lineth Chepkuri (KEN)

2017 Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers Male & Female Division Winners

Male: 34:48, Philemon Cheboi (KEN)

Female: 39:48, Buze Diriba (ETH)



1st Place: $3,000

2nd Place: $2,500

3rd Place: $2,250

4th Place: $2,000

5th Place: $1,750

6th Place: $1,500


1st Place: $1,000

2nd Place: $750

3rd Place: $250


1st Place: $750

2nd Place: $550

3rd Place: $500

4th Place: $250

5th Place: $200

6th Place: $150

7th Place: $100


World Record: $5,000

Course Record: $5,000

Hayes Hill Bonus: $2,500

Under Armour – MapMyRun Hayes Hill Challenge

San Francisco is known for its steep hills that fill the city. The Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers features one of the most feared hills to climb, Hayes Hill. With an average grade of 5.5% (11.1% at its steepest), this .69 mile stretch of road is one of the toughest climbs in country. The male and female runner with the fastest time from base to peak of the hill will receive a $2,500 bonus! (NOTE: Runner must finish entire race in under 50 minutes in order to qualify for HHC.) 

*Each division and record prize money will be for male and female athletes.

+Bay Area defined as those runners who have billing addresses in these nine (9) Bay Area counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Marin

General Info

Elite athletes have to register for this event prior to race weekend. Coaches, managers, agents and/or athletes please contact Dan Lilot: daniel.lilot@gmail.com or 415-373-8724 for more information.

Elite Athletes must provide travel itinerary to Dan Lilot  if they need to have transportation to the host hotel.

Managers and/or coaches are required to make sure the elite athletes have cash in US dollars while they are in San Francisco. Race management will not provide cash stipends for personal needs such as food, drinks or snacks while at the event.