Booze, floats and unregistered walkers are not welcome at next year’s centennial Bay to Breakers race.
Organizers announced in a statement that they will employ extra law enforcement to crack down on public intoxication, floats that have been booze magnets and removing nonregistered “bandits” for the 100th 12k race in May. Traditionally, tens of thousands of exorbitantly costumed revelers trail the thousands of competitors with an epic afterparty that blankets downtown to Ocean beach.
The statement released this morning referred to issues of public safety and neighborhood complaints.
It also stated that organizers reserve the right to fence the course and have a goal of reopening the streets by noon, though thousands of participants have historically lingered near Golden Gate Park through the late afternoon.
A similar announcement was made two years ago; that booze and floats don’t belong on the track and they will be targeted by police. Community uproar overcame the ban, but organizers created harsher rules for floats, such as no motors and that they must be registered.
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