Yes, it’s that time of year again. Bay to Breakers rolls through the city tomorrow morning, and this year — the 100th running/rolling/stumbling — promises to be an interesting one.
With alcohol, floats, pets, strollers, bicycles, grocery carts, kegs, bottles, and public drunkenness officially banned this year, organizers are hoping for a cleaner, safer, soberer race than ever.
Whether that comes to pass or not, here are some key factoids you need to know about how the race will affect the Lower Haight.
- Street closures tomorrow will include:
Divisadero from Grove to Oak, 5am to 11:30am
Steiner from Grove to Hayes, 5am to 11:30am
Baker from Oak to Fell, 5am to 11:30am
Hayes from Market to Divisadero, 6am to 11am
Fell from Divisadero to Stanyan, 6am to 11:30am
- Trumer Pils will be sponsoring five “pit stops” around the neighborhood: at Cafe International, Mad Dog in the Fog, Nickies, Underground SF, and Noc Noc. If you run the race, look for Trumer’s street team to get a wristband that’ll entitle you to $1 off Trumers at any of the pit stops. The bars will also have Trumer-branded swag including key chains, frisbees, and more.
- In an effort to cut down on public intoxication, liquor stores in the neighborhood are being instructed not to sell alcohol before noon tomorrow.
- If you see someone who looks like they’re… um… not in great shape, you can direct them to a first aid station at Hayes and Scott. If they’re in really bad shape, and they’re within a block of the race route, there’s a dedicated Medical Incident Command line you can call – 415-264-3636. If they’re outside of that one-block radius, just call 911.
- Finally, the neighborhood’s soon-to-be-newest eatery, Wing Wings, will be having a special mini-preview tomorrow during the race. Stop by 422 Haight starting at 10am for “brown sugar/cracked black pepper biscuits with homemade jam and iced tea.” YES.
Have fun and be safe out there tomorrow, folks. And if you take any great photos or have stories to share, come on back here and let us know.