Elite Runner Info

Race Overview

San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers is the oldest consecutively run annual footrace int he world, 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 102 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 2014 edition will take place on Sunday, May 18th.

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Elite Runner Perks

- $70,000 potential prize purse

– Two night 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

(Note, the Elite field is now closed and we are no longer accepting applications)

Race Timetable

Saturday, May 17th

Course Tour

Sunday, May 18th

5:30 AM Elites Hospitality Suite Open for Continental Breakfast

6:16AM Elites Gather at Hyatt Hotel Hospitality Suite (Marina Room)

6:30 AM Elites Escorted to Start Line for warm up

8:00 AM Elites Start

10:30 AM Awards Ceremony


Prize Purse*

Elite Division

1st Place: $3,000

2nd Place: $2,500

3rd Place: $2,250

4th Place: $2,000

5th Place: $1,750

6th Place: $1,500

Bay Area Division+

1st Place: $750

2nd Place: $550

3rd Place: $500

4th Place: $250

5th Place: $200

6th Place: $150

7th Place: $100

Masters Division#

1st Place: $1,000

2nd Place: $750

3rd Place: $250

Record Bonuses

World Record: $10,000

Course Record: $5,000

Hayes Hill: $2,500

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

+ Participant must have their billing address in one of the following counties of California in order to qualify for the Bay Area division: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

#Age 40+ at time of race

Records: 12k Distance


Male: 33:31, Sammy Kitwara (KEN)

Female: 37:50, Molly Huddle (USA)


Male: 33:31, Sammy Kitwara (KEN)

Female: 38:07, Lineth Chepkuri (KEN)

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Hayes Hill Challenge

San Francisco is known for its steep hills. Bay to Breakers features one of the most featured hills to climb, Hayes Hill. With an average grade of 5.5% (11.1% at its steepest), this .69 mile stretch of read is one of the toughest climbs in the country. The male and female runner with the fastest time from base to peak will receive a $2,500 bonus!

General Info

Elite athletes have to register for this event prior to race weekend. Coaches, managers, agents and/or athletes must register with Michele Burke from Premier Event Management. Michele can be reached at or 504-454-6561.

Elite Athletes must provide travel itinerary to Michele Burke or Paige Butler if they need to have transportation to the host hotel. or

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.

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