San Francisco runs at a different speed than other cities. It also usually takes place in costumes.
Almost every year since 1912, the city has celebrated Bay to Breakers, a 12-kilometer race that begins at Howard and Main streets and ends at Ocean Beach. But like most San Francisco traditions, there’s a whimsical element involved, with the actual racing taking precedence over the antics and partying along the route and a costume fashion show. Although the race awards a few prizes, Bay to Breakers is more about spirit than finish time.