Elite Runner Info

Race Overview

San Francisco’s Bay to Breakers is the oldest consecutively run annual footrace int he world, a staple to the City by the Bay since May 1912. With a starting point near the San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from The Embarcadero, the 12k race runs west through the city and finishes at the Great Highway where breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. A quintessential San Francisco experience for 102 years, the race is interwoven into the fabric of the city and is a true reflection and celebration of life between the breaks and the Bay. The 2015 edition will take place on Sunday, May 17th.

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Elite Division

  • 1st Place:   $3,000
  • 2nd Place:  $2,500
  • 3rd Place:  $2,250
  • 4th Place:  $2,000
  • 5th Place:  $1,750
  • 6th Place:  $1,500

Masters Division

  • 1st Place:   $1,000
  • 2nd Place:  $750
  • 3rd Place:   $250

Bay Area Division+

  • 1st Place:   $750
  • 2nd Place:  $550
  • 3rd Place:  $500
  • 4th Place:  $250
  • 5th Place:  $200
  • 6th Place:  $150
  • 7th Place:  $100

Record Bonus

  • World Record:        $10,000
  • Course Record:      $5,000
  • Hayes Hill Bonus:   $2,500
*Each division and record prize money will be for male and female athletes.
+ To qualify for the Bay Area division, participants must have their billing address in one of the Bay Area’s nine counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.


Under Armour MapMyRun Hayes Hill Challenge

San Francisco is known for its steep hills that fill the city. The Bay to Breakers features one of the most feared hills to climb, Hayes Hill. With an average grade of 5.5% (11.1% at its steepest), this .69 mile stretch of road is one of the toughest climbs in country. The male and female runner with the fastest time from base to peak of the hill will receive a $2,500 bonus!


Elite Runner Perks

- Large prize purse

– Hotel accommodations at the Hyatt Regency

– Complete course tour

– Hospitality suite at hotel with some meals provided

– Finish line area hospitality suite

– Pre and post-race food and beverage


Records: 12k Distance


Male: 33:31, Sammy Kitwara (KEN)

Female: 37:50, Molly Huddle (USA)

Bay to Breakers Course

Male: 33:31, Sammy Kitwara (KEN)

Female: 38:07, Lineth Chepkuri (KEN)

General Info

Elite athletes have to register for this event prior to race weekend. Coaches, managers, agents and/or athletes must register with Michele Burke from Premier Event Management. Michele can be reached at or 504-454-6561.

Elite Athletes must provide travel itinerary to Michele Burke or Paige Butler if they need to have transportation to the host hotel. or

Managers and/or coaches are required to make sure the elite athletes have cash in US dollars while they are in San Francisco. Race management will not provide cash stipends for personal needs such as food, drinks or snacks while at the event.