Bay to Breakers Breakdown: A Look at the Numbers

The 99th running of the iconic, wacky ING Bay to Breakers 12K is set for Sunday, May 16, 2010. Below are some fun facts about the upcoming San Francisco Spring tradition.
  • 2.2 million - estimated number of participants that the race has had in its 98-year history
  • 2,250,000 - average number of page views the race website www.INGbaytobreakers.com gets in a year
  • 472,440.945 - inches in the 7.46 mile (12 kilometer) course
  • $348,295.61 - dollars raised for race beneficiaries since 2003
  • 96,629 - liters of water (25,529 gallons) distributed at water stations (enough to "power" a slip-n-slide for 51.1 hours)
  • 90,000 - number of recyclable water cups used per race (almost 6 miles of cups if placed end-to-end)
  • 80,000 - number of spectators, volunteers and staff who join the participants along the course on race day
  • 80,000 - number of safety pins handed out at Expo in 2009
  • 78,769 - number of registered runners who participated in 1986, the year the Bay to Breakers made the Guinness Book of World Records with 110,000 total participants
  • 38,600 - pounds of waste (19.3 tons) left behind by the participants and disposed of by DPW in 2009
  • 32,000 - number of registered participants in 2009
  • 30,000 - number of people who come to Expo over two days in 2009
  • 26,557 - number of people who registered online (versus using a paper form) in 2009; 83 percent of overall registrants
  • 20,000 - number of biodegradable goodie bags handed out in 2009
  • 16,000 - feet of barricade (more than 3 miles) line portions of the course
  • 13,966 - number of people who used the MUNI special event shuttle service in 2009
  • 15,000 - number of people who picked up their shirts at Expo before the race in 2000
  • 2,000 - number of volunteers who help out on race weekend
  • 2,000 - number of seventh graders who participated in the 2009 ING Run for Something Better program (up 25 percent from 2008)
  • 705 - number of portable toilets installed along the course and at the finish line (up from 537 in 2008)
  • 300 - number of media credentials issued to the press in 2009
  • 250 - number of Red Cross staff and volunteers stationed at first aid tents
  • 98 - number of times the race has been run since 1912 (that's every year since 1912)
  • 49 - number of states (including Washington, DC and American Samoa) represented at the 2009 race
  • 42 - number of consecutive years Harry Cordellos, a blind participant, has run the race; and he swears he can point out every pothole along the course
  • 29 - number of countries represented at the 2009 race
  • 25 - number of registrants in the 1963 race
  • 17 - number of San Francisco neighborhoods the course touches (the race requires permitting on city, state and Federal lands)
  • 6 - Number of days it takes to set-up, stage and completely remove ING Footstock in Golden Gate Park
  • 1 - number of days a year San Francisco comes together to run across town and show its many shapes, sizes and colors; always the third Sunday in May

To register for the 99th race edition, go to: www.INGbaytobreakers.com

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