Sunday, May 18, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Kenyan was the first elite runner to cross the finish line in the iconic and offbeat San Francisco footrace Bay to Breakers.
Race officials say Geoffrey Kenisi finished the 7-mile plus race with a winning time of 35 minutes, 10 seconds on Sunday after nearly a 30 minute delay because a metal archway was not stabilized in time for the scheduled 8 a.m. start.
Burundi athlete Diane Johnson repeated as the women's winner with a time of 40 minutes, 10 seconds.
An estimated 40,000 runners were expected to participate in the 103rd annual race with more than 100,000 spectators expected to take in the revelry.
While elite runners take the event seriously, it also has long been known for its colorful costumes, nude runners and irreverent, decadent, party-like atmosphere.
Race organizers and city officials say alcohol, nudity and wheeled objects have been banned while encouraging attendees to have fun, be safe and respectful.