b2bpee.jpgIt may not be a house, and it may not offer the services of Dr. Drew Pinsky, but Bay to Breakers organizers are hoping that their recently announced “sober tents” for drunken participants will solve the race’s boozier problems. Sober tents come with workers who can help you find a ride home, or give you juice (as SFist notes, the juice is free!) and water to help the sobering process.

As B2B celebrates 100 years of running fun, it’s gotten a bit wiser and is trying to shed its irresponsible lifestyle. Last year’s race boasted 26 ambulance trips, 30 tons of trash, hundreds of reports of public urination and defection, and a few home invasions, as well. This year, however, the race will try valiantly to maintain sobriety, as there will be a zero tolerance policy for alcohol.

Local group Citizens for the Preservation of Bay to Breakers strongly oppose the policy and ensuing sober tents, with co-chairman Conor Johnston saying, “They are putting forward every effort they can to make this into an ordinary 12K footrace. They have no respect for the culture of San Francisco.”

And really, who competes in B2B for running glory and expedience anyway?

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  • tranimal00

    Although a small part of me is bummed that they are making the event an mostly sober event (people will drink, no matter what), because the costume-party atmosphere totally sets it apart from other foot-races… I’m much much much happier that they are cracking down, especially after all of the crazyness last year.

    “They are putting forward every effort they can to make this into an ordinary 12K footrace. They have no respect for the culture of San Francisco.”

    Really? I’m pretty sure it’s the people who don’t know their limits and drink to the point of pure idiocy, then go and turn the streets into their toilet, litter the streets with other refuse, and pick fights/scream and yell/blackout/vomit on MUNI while the rest of us are just trying to get to work, etc. They’re the ones that don’t “respect the culture of SF” or themselves, for that matter.

    I’m all about getting drunk and having a bit of fun, but SO many people take it too far when it comes to B2B. Learn to take it easy and moderate, because then THIS happens, and it’s ruined for everyone.

  • 3rdwish

    Totally agree tranimaloo.

    B2B will never be just an ordinary 12K footrace as long as there’s:
    – starting line tortilla tossing
    – wacky costumes
    – centipede teams in wacky costumes
    – the Salmon dudes running the course backwards
    – the florescent green hat crew
    – fricking Hayes Hill
    – amazing spectators along Hayes Hill blasting motivational tunes to help you push through

    B2B never needed to become a mobile Bourbon Street to be extraordinary and uniquely San Francisco.

    Why is it whenever anyone admonishes others to respect “the culture of San Francisco,” 9 times out of 10 they’re just trying to make excuses for bad behavior?