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May 18, 2025


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Bay to Breakers starts in the Embarcadero neighborhood by the San Francisco Bay, and takes you through nine of the city’s most notable neighborhoods—all the way to the Great Highway, where the breakers crash into Ocean Beach.

Among other sights, you’ll race through Panhandle Park at the northern boundary of the Haight Ashbury—the birthplace of the Deadhead—and cut through Golden Gate Park.

Pro tip: watch out for the bison!

A celebration of life, laughter, & the personality of San Francisco

Bay to Breakers is a celebration of life, laughter, and the personality of San Francisco.

Join bumblebees, brides, unicorns, runners wearing only running watches, and probably at least one Spider-Man in this world-renowned race-slash-party.


Date: Sunday, May 18, 2025

Start Time: 8:00 a.m.

Start Line: Main Street & Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Finish Line: Ocean Beach Parking Lot, Great Highway (Between JFK Drive & Lincoln Way), San Francisco, CA 94122

All participants must pick-up their race packet at the Race Expo prior to race day (unless having paid for packet mailing or purchased a VIP entry).


Race Expo Hours & Location

Wednesday, May 15th
3:00pm – 7:30pm
Sports Basement Berkeley

Thursday, May 16th
3:00pm – 7:30pm
Sports Basement Berkeley

Friday, May 17th 
3:00pm – 7:30pm
Sports Basement Presidio

Saturday, May 18th
10:00am – 5:00pm
Sports Basement Presidio

Participants can now purchase shuttle tickets!

Official event shuttle options are offered for both round-trip and post-race transfers. Click the link below to find theexpress pick-up locations being offered.

All tickets must be purchased online in advance to race Sunday. This is the fastest and most convenient way to get out of the finish line area. Avoid the lines, reserve your individual seat today and leave getting to/from the event to us. 


The Bay to Breakers 12K race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway along the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. Participants run up the iconic Hayes Street Hill, along the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park, while the city of San Francisco cheers them on.

View the Course

You will be assigned  a corral zone based on your estimated finish time and distance/category you are registered for…take a look at the Corral Map to find you way, on race day!


All runners will be provided with race bibs with timing chips attached to the back. It is very important that the race number be worn on the front of your shirt to ensure that it works properly. In accordance with USATF Rules, overall awards will be determined by gun time while age group awards will be determined by your chip time.

Overall Awards Medals will be available for the top 3 male, female, and non-binary finishers of the 12K and 15K. There will not be an award ceremony. Awards will be available for pickup beginning at approximately 11:00am.

Age groups award medals will be available for the top three male, female, and non-binary finishers of each age group of the 12K.

Age groups can be found below: 19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+

The course will close on race day at 12:30 PM at the intersection of JFK and Chain of Lakes in Golden Gate Park. Participants who have not passed this intersection by 12:30 PM will not have the opportunity to cross the Finish Line. The Finish Line closes promptly at 1:00 PM as stipulated by the race’s road closure.

Units will be plentiful and available at the start line, finish line, and throughout the course.

There will be medical, police and EMS personnel throughout the course, as well as dozens of course volunteers keeping our participants and spectators safe!

  • Hayes & Polk
  • Fell & Baker
  • JFK & E. Stow Lake
  • Great Hwy & Noriega
  • Howard & 4th
  • Scott & Hayes
  • Fell & Baker*
  • JFK & Nancy Pelosi
  • JFK & 8th Ave
  • JFK & Transverse Dr.
  • JFK & Spreckels Lake
  • JFK & Chain of Lakes
  • Great Hwy & Noriega
  • Finish Line*

* Indicate that is station is also a sobering center.

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VIP Perks – $99

The VIP add-on is available to add during registration for $99.  Be sure to select “VIP” as an add-on option when going through the registration page.

Already registered?  Visit your ACTIVE MyEvents account, click Purchase merchandise, and add “VIP” to your registration!

why people love

It’s a not running race, but a festival!

"This is one of the funnest race in the world. It’s a not running race, but a festival. So, you can run, walk, and drink! I highly recommend you if you want to have a fun during running. You’ll be sure to want to join the race again!"

the pure joy of a 12K long party

"This race is more about the journey than the finish line. It’s people watching, crazy costumes, and the pure joy of a 12K long party! Highly recommended for the experience and memories!"

a great time start to finish

"By far this has been my favorite race I’ve done! Bay to Breakers has it all. The runners are there to party and have a great time start to finish. The shirt is great, the medals are fantastic. Hayes hill is no joke. But the crowds along the course cheered everyone on. It was so much fun. Well organized, fun course. This race is a must!"

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