By Daria Belov
In its 98th year, the ING Bay to Breakers 12K, is one of the world’s largest and oldest foot races. The 2009 San Francisco Bay to Breakers race takes place this Sunday, May 17. The Bay to Breakers name reflects the traditional course which takes tens of thousands of participants from the northeast end of downtown San Francisco to Ocean Beach, or the West End of the city. The 7.46 mile race features world-class athletes as well as colorful costumed runners and lots of fun loving people out for a great day of running and walking through San Francisco.
(photo: a wacky and colorful extravaganza – Bay to Breakers run San Francisco – credit: Cindy Chew)
For those serious about their running, the Bay to Breakers 12K course is a US track and Field certified 7.46 mile run. For all, the event supports numerous beneficiaries in the San Francisco Bay area, such as a national campaign that funds free school-based running programs and introduces kids to the benefits of physical fitness and lifestyle choices that are health centered.
The 2009 Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco will be televised Locally on ABC television (Channel 7) and will be available live on the web as well. Internet viewers can watch the Bay to Breakers live online via ABC7news.com with coverage beginning on Sunday at 7:45 AM and continuing through 11 AM. Coverage of the event can also be followed on Twitter via the San Francisco Channel 7 news account (twitter.com/abc7newsbayarea). There is also a ING Bay to Breakers twitter account (twitter.com/INGB2Breakers), handled by Amy Johnson @ ING.
Female elite athletes expected to participate in the 2009 run include 21-year-old Lineth Chepkurui of Kenya, 36-year-old Deena Kastor of Mammoth Lakes California, 29-year-old Edna Kiplagat of Kenya, and 34-year-old Mariya Konovalova of Russia, and many more. Male elite athletes expected to participate in the 2009 Breakers race include 33-year-old John Korir of Kenya (Defending ING Bay to Breakers 12K Champion 2007 2008), 29-year-old John Yuda of Tanzania, 22-year-old Sammy Kitwara of Kenya, 19-year-old Feyisa Lelisa of Ethiopia, 27-year-old Josh Moen of Readlyn, Iowa, and plenty more.
An overwhelming amount of work goes into organizing events like the Bay to Breakers race, and besides the thousands of running participants, there are hundreds of people volunteering services before, during and after race day. San Francisco chiropractors Scott Swanson (of Parkside Chiropractic) and Keith Fretty (Ocean Chiropractic Center) shared individually that they’ve been preparing runners for Sunday’s race with recent regular chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Fretty tells us there’s lots of excitement in the air for this year’s annual run, which is great fun, and an excellent distance race for those wanting to maintain good running health.
The official website for the 2009 Bay to Breakers is sponsored by ING (ingbaytobreakers.com). The site features plenty of resources, including details on street closures and residential parking advisories. There’s also more race information and resources for runners available on the site. 2009 Bay to Breakers results should be available right here >> href=”http://www.ingbaytobreakers.com/content.php?section=race_information&page=results” rel=”nofollow”>page=results by late Sunday afternoon.
Bay to Breakers Photos — The Breakers race website features photographs as well, but from our previous experience covering marathons, lots of participants and San Francisco locals are expected to post photographs to Flickr. Perform searches using terms like Bay to Breakers, Bay to Breakers 2009, etc.. There are already plenty of entertaining photos posted from the 2008 race.
Best of health to everyone participating in Sunday’s run, and thanks to the Northern California Chiropractors assisting in helping runners maximize their performance, and meeting their goals.
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