General RACE Information

The 101st Zazzle Bay to Breakers

Sunday, May 20th, 2012 at 7am - 12:00pm
USA Track & Field Certified 12k Race

Download 2012 Race Guide

Start Line

The Race


Finish Line

Timing and Results

Start Line and Wave Start Info
The Start Line is organized using a corral system. Corrals are designated starting areas for participants with similar estimated finishing times. Participants select their Start Line corral during the registration process. Corrals help provide a safe, fluid, and less congested race start. Each corral has a designated number of runners and walkers, and when a corral fills up it is closed. Corrals are first-come, first-served so register early to get your preferred corral. Individuals wishing to start together must select the same corral during registration.

Entry points to the Start Area will be determined by your assigned corral. Only registered participants are permitted in the Start Line area.

Zazzle Bay to Breakers will be employing a Wave Start for 2012. Please the Start Line Info Page for more information regarding the wave start


  • Corral A - SOLD OUT - Estimated finishing time: under 59:00 minutes (8-minute mile)
  • Volkswagen Corral B - SOLD OUT - Estimate finishing time: under 1:15:00 minutes (10-minute mile) 
  • Hyatt Regency San Francisco Corral C - Estimated finishing time: under 1:30:00 minutes (12-minute mile)
  • Corral D - Estimated finishing time: under 2:00:00 minutes (walk/run 16-minute mile) 
  • Corral E - Estimated finishing time: over 2 hours (walk/run)

Alcohol and Floats
Alcohol and floats are not allowed at the 101st running of the Zazzle Bay to Breakers. Neighborhood associations, city officials, police, and race organizers have determined alcohol and floats create a threat to public safety – alcohol laws will be enforced.

Rules of the Road
In order to guarantee a fun and safe race for everyone, please be mindful of the following "Rules of the Road."

  • Choose a corral that fits your finishing time so we can guarantee that corrals reflect the pace of the people in them. This makes for a better race overall for everyone.
  • Walkers and slower traffic stay to the RIGHT. Runners to the LEFT.  Please DO NOT block the faster runners who will be prodominantly on the left hand side of the course.
  • Do not run in from the sides of the race course; it could endanger you and/or other participants.
  • No wheeled objects are allowed. This includes strollers, baby joggers, shopping carts, floats, rollerblades, skateboards, bicycles, unicyles, or other wheeled objects. They are a safety issue in a crowded race.
  • No animals - for their safety as well as for the safety of all our participants.
  • During the race, stay on the roadbed. Sidewalks, adjacent streets and parks are not part of the course and are not monitored for safety hazards.

More than 1,200 portable toilets for runners and spectators are located along the race course and at the Zazzle Final Mile.

Trash and Recycling
Leave no trace - Be kind to our neighborhood hosts and clean up after yourself. Please don't abandon costumes or trash. Waste Diversion Stations will be placed throughout the course at each mile marker for participants and spectators; please use the designated containers and help us keep San Francisco green.

First Aid
The Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross provides First Aid and Emergency Services for the race. Mobile teams move throughout the course.

American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter

Race Photos
Souvenir photos will be available from Sport Photo. Wear your race bib high on your chest for visibility. Sport Photo will be capturing images at the 6-mile mark in Golden Gate Park and at the Finish Line. They will also take posed shots just beyond the Finish Line.

Finish Line Closure
The course will close at 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of JFK Drive and Chain of Lakes Drive in Golden Gate Park. Participants who have not passed the intersection of JFK and Chain of Lakes by 11:30a.m. will not have the opportunity to cross the finish line or collect a Finisher’s Medal. The finish line closes promptly at noon as stipulated by the race's road closure permit.

Finishers Medals
All registered finishers will receive a Finisher's Medal. Medals will be handed out near the Finish Line to registered participants who complete the race. Medals are not mailed to participants either before or after the race. You must have your race bib with you at the finish line in order to collect your medal.

Timing and Results:

  • Your race timing begins when you cross the Start Line timing mat. You must cross both the Start Line and Finish Line mats in order to get your official time.
  • Results will be posted on our website after the race.
  • Official Finishers Certificates will be available on our website approximately one week after the race.