This past Sunday, San Francisco celebrated the 96th year of the annual ING Bay to Breakers 12K, the largest foot race in the world. This means the streets were crowded with more than 100,000 visitors and locals who either ran or walked the route from Embarcadero Bay toâ€”surpriseâ€” the Ocean Beach breakers!
Queerty correspondent Jimmy Im (the picture of professionalism) promptly made start time at 8 am and trekked 7.5 miles – in his record time: 3 hours and 50 minutes! – across the city, parading along ked-chugging trojan frat boys, gay smurfs, free balling old men and a shitload of dick-in-a-boxes!
What started as a race 96 years ago somehow turned into a Mardi Gras- slash-Carnival-slash-gay pride-slash-Halloween in spring, and folks from all over the world come to be as free as can be. For those who were too drunk to cross the finish line missed the Footstock festival where the band Cracker played live and San Franciscans traditionally smoked up and drank beers in Golden Gate Park, celebrating a long morning of boozing. I had the pleasure of returning to my suite at the Hyatt Regency (who was the official sponsor) for a back massage. Nothing like loosening those kinks from all the neck craning!