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Centennial Bay to Breakers race attracts thousands to San Francisco (PHOTO GALLERY)

By Doug Ray and Kelsey Williams | 15 May 2011

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About 55,000 registered runners and tens of thousands of others looking for a party, took to San Francisco’s streets Sunday for the 100th running of Bay to Breakers.

The race traditionally takes place on the third Sunday of May. It begins in downtown at the Embarcadero and ends on the Pacific coast at the far west end of Golden Gate Park. The full course spans 7.46 miles.

In the men’s bracket, 29-year-old Moroccan Ridouane Harroufi, placed first with a time of 34:26. Kenyan¬†Lineth Chepkurui, 23, won the women’s race, clocking in at 39:12.

After the official runners pass through, thousands of unregistered participants turn the Bay to Breakers route into a traveling party, donning costumes and toting alcoholic beverages.

View the Peninsula Press Bay to Breakers photo gallery.

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