Update: Bay to Breakers will still go on despite the rainy weather set to descend on today’s race.
The 108th annual Bay to Breakers, a footrace of costumery and alcohol-driven shenanigans, happens today. The race will result in numerous street closures and traffic reroutes throughout most of San Francisco.
The race begins at 8 a.m. at Howard and Main in the East Cut, following Howard up to Ninth Street, then up Hayes from Market to Divisadero, onto Fell from Divisadero to Golden Gate Park. Once in the park, runners will follow JFK Drive all the way to Great Highway. (Phew.)
There will also be a bonus route running an additional 5K south on Great Highway, should the mood strike.
Once the main race begins, travelers will only have two options to cross the north/south portion of the race course: The Embarcadero and Crossover Drive (which connects 19th Avenue, south of Golden Gate Park to Park Presidio Boulevard and 25th Avenue, north of Golden Gate Park).
Regarding street closures: We strongly recommend not using your personal vehicle at all in the city. Traffic will be a mess, to say the least. Here are the street closures happening on Sunday:
Starting Line Area
Per SFMTA, here are the street closures from Saturday at 7 p.m. to Sunday at 4 p.m.
- Main (between Mission and Folsom)
- Howard (between Embarcadero and Beale
- Steuart (east of Mission)
- Spear: (between Mission and Folsom)
Closures on Sunday from 3 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Howard (between Beale and Third Street)
- Beale (between Mission and Folsom)
- Fremont (between Mission and Folsom)
- First Street (between Market and Folsom—Muni allowed from Market to Mission)
- Second Street (between Mission and Folsom)
- New Montgomery (between Mission and Howard)
- Hawthorne (between Howard and Folsom)
Closures on Sunday from 5 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Steiner (between Grove and Hayes)
- Baker (between Oak and Fell)
Closures on Sunday from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Divisadero (between Grove and Oak)
Closures on Sunday from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Cabrillo (between 48th and La Playa)
- Balboa (between 48th and Great Highway)
- Pt. Lobos (between 48th and Great Highway)
Closures on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.
- Howard (between Third and Ninth)
- Ninth Street (between Howard and Market)
Closures on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Hayes (between Market and Divisadero)
Closures on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Fell: (between Divisadero and Stanyan)
Closures on Sunday from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Great Highway (between Balboa and Pt. Lobos)
Finish Line Festival Area
Closures from Saturday 7 p.m. until Sunday 4 p.m.
- Lincoln (westbound, between Great Highway and 48th)
- Lincoln (eastbound, between Great Highway and La Playa)
- Fulton (westbound, between Great Highway and 47th)
- Fulton (eastbound, between Great Highway and 48th)
- La Playa (between Cabrillo and Fulton)
Closures from Saturday at 9 p.m. to Sunday at 4 p.m.
- Great Highway (between Sloat and JFK)
- Multiple entrances to Golden Gate Park
Map of Bay to Breakers 2018 race
Muni disruptions and reroutes
Muni will also alter service on Sunday. Serious reroutes to Muni bus routes and rail lines should be expected since route closures include Howard Street, Ninth Street, Hayes Street, Fell Street and John F. Kennedy Drive for approximately four hours.
Affected Muni lines: F, N, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 14R, 18, 19, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 38, 43, 44, 45, 47, 49; Sunday morning bus service on K, M, N and T lines through the areas of downtown, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Panhandle, and Golden Gate Park during the race.
Here’s how Sunday’s disruptions will happening, per SFMTA:
Lines and routes that operate parallel to the course
- The N, 5, 7, 31, 38 and N Owl and will experience crowding and delays.
- There will be added service to and from the race on the 5X, 5R and NX.
- There will be added morning N Judah metro service east of 19th Avenue.
Routes that cross the course
- The 19, 22, 24, 27, 33, 43, and 47 will be divided into two sections, with no service between sections. You will have to walk to get from one side of the race to the other, or take an alternate route.
- The 8, 10, and 12 will reroute around the course via The Embarcadero.
- The 30 and 45 will not serve south of Market. Use the 8, 10, or 12 routes to access SoMa.
- The 49 will not serve north of Mission and South Van Ness. You will have to walk to get from one side of the race to the other, or else take alternate routings, to reach the 47 for Van Ness service.
- You can cross the park on the 18, 28, 29, or 44 routes. Expect delays due to heavy ridership and traffic.
Routes that normally go to the Ferry Building
- The 21 will not operate until Hayes Street is clear of the race. Please use the 5 instead.
- The 31 will only go to the Temporary Transbay Terminal. The 21 will also reroute over most of its route.
Market and Mission Street routes and lines
- The Muni metro subway will open at 6 a.m.
- Shuttles will run from West Portal to Embarcadero.
- Regular Muni Metro service will begin at 8 a.m.
- BART will open at 6 a.m.
- Adult “A” Pass holders may use BART between Market Street stations and Mission District stations to cross the course for no charge.
- All others may use BART to cross the course at their regular BART fare.
- Some routes on Market and Mission (6, 7, 9, 14, 49, K-L-M Owls) will only go to Market, 10th or 11th Street.
Regional transit options
Participants are strongly encouraged to use Clipper Card for this event. Customers using Clipper Card receive a $0.50 discount off an adult single ride when transferring to Muni from BART, Golden Gate Ferry and Transit, and San Francisco Bay Ferry routes (Oakland-Alameda, Harbor Bay and Vallejo). Golden Gate Ferry and Transit and San Francisco Bay Ferry also provide a reciprocal single-ride discount for Muni customers transferring to their service. Visit clippercard.com/muni for more information.
- Instead of the typical Sunday morning start at 8 a.m., BART will open at 6 a.m. for Bay to Breakers.
- Caltrain will offer four additional pre-race trains to San Francisco and three express trains after the race to San Jose. For more info, check out the Bay to Breakers Caltrain schedule.
- Golden Gate Larkspur Ferry has added early morning ferry service to Bay to Breakers. For more information, see the Bay to Breakers Golden Gate Ferry schedule.
sharing that Lyft will have 10 pick up and drop off locations available in app at the following locations:
Ride-hailing service Lyft will have several pick-up and drop-off locations:
South of Race Route
- Page Street between Baker and Broderick
- Page Street between Masonic and Ashbury
- 36th Avenue between Irving and Lincoln Way
- Pierce Street between Hayes and Fell
- Fell Street between Franklin street and Gough street
North of Race Route
- Fulton Street and Chain of Lakes
- 30th Avenue between Balboa and Anza
- Cabrillo Street between 17th and 18th
- Cabrillo Street between Funston and 12th Avenue
- Grove Street between Ashbury and Masonic
Also, Eater SF has complied a must-read list for any racer looking to eat, imbibe, refuel, and recharge during the race. From nearby liquor stores to Dottie’s True Blue Cafe, this map will keep you running all day.