Did you know that Halloween happens twice a year in San Francisco? Once on October 31st and then again on the third Sunday of every May for the annual Bay to Breakers race which happened to be yesterday. The annual footrace from the Bay side of the city to the beach is 7.46 miles and was recognized in the 80′s by the Guinness Book of World Records as being the largest footrace in the world. People of all ages run it, while thousands of others dress up in costumes and walk the insanely popular SF event totalling around 100,000 people annually.
Bay to Breakers takes ‘people watching’ to a whole new level. You’ll see every costume and lack there of imaginable. I’ll keep the photos below ‘PG’ of course as groups of friends often pick a theme. This year, my friends and siblings chose to go as characters from Austin Powers and you can check out the photos below from start to finish…
From left to right, Morgan as Goldmember, my brother Paul as Mustafa, Ryan as Fook Mi, Justin as Fook Yu, my sister Jody as Ms. Kensington, my cousin Amanda as Foxxy Cleopatra, me as Felicity Shagwell and my brother Drew as the one and only Austin Powers, Bobby in front as Dr. Evil
Our Austin Powers Inspiration
If you’re in the city for Bay to Breakers you will see people in costumes everywhere
The hills in San Francisco packed with people walking for as far as the eye can see
Random sightings~ A group of friends playing music on a ledge while men from the other deck threw tortillas into the crowd
Austin Powers & Dr. Evil ~ 1 Million Photos… If I would have known my brother was going to stay in character all 7 miles dancing through the city, I would have had him take a backpack full of my blogger cards. He probably had 200 women run up and take pictures with him throughout the day.
Creative Costumes ~ Bay to Breakers 2012
This group went as sushi and literally got down and posed for photos on each block
One woman dressed as an altered “Operation” Game
I didn’t see any group of “Tanning Moms,” but I did spot these Oompa Loompas
3 Miles through the course, Look who’s still in character?
At the 6 mile mark, we spotted Jack clearly out of juice waiting for a ride
The Golden Gate Bridge complete with matchbox cars. Could you imagine walking 7 miles in this?
Cute synchronized swimmers who had an actual routine
The police were mostly solemn and serious, but still cracked a smile when Austin danced for them
Finally~ The End
Ocean Beach in San Francisco
2012 Bay to Breakers may be over, but if you want to come next year to join or just watch, let me know. The more the merrier!Also, if you are ever having a 70′s party or birthday bash in Northern California that requires an Austin Powers impersonator, feel free to shoot me an email.
Would you go to an event like this or do you have any crazy festivals or events in your city like this?
To see our past themes going as Caddyshack and Dancing with the Stars, I’ve added them to my Facebook page HERE