Deena Kastor will look to capture her first ING Bay to Breakers title on May 17th in San Francisco, CA. If she were to prevail and hold off the men’s winner (the elite women will get a 4:40 head start), Kastor would earn a $25,000 bonus. The 2004 Olympic bronze medalist will need to fight off stiff competition from last year’s winner, Lineth Chepkurui, and a slew of other East African and Russian competitors.
In other Bay to Breakers news, the famed party in the streets may be calmed a bit this year as the race issued new rules on party floats and drinking. Many know that Bay to Breakers is really not a race behind the top 100 runners; this event is about the party in the back. Although regulations have been set out to combat the mass intoxication that takes place, it is interesting to note that the new rules do not address the nudity that gives Bay to Breakers that extra-special flair.