Bay to Breakers' Footstock was a schlep, but a good party too 

Weary legs didn't stop thousands  of exhausted finishers of the 100th Zazzle Bay to Breakers from trekking more than a mile from the finish line to the official race after-party Sunday.

While revelers complained about the distance they had to walk this year to reach the annual Footstock celebration — which was relocated from near the finish line to a spacious field west of the Polo Fields — many who showed up said it was worth the hike, and a far better event than last year. Some exhausted runners said it wasn't an easy hike.

"I'd like it to be closer; I was tired," said John Hearney, 64, of Oakland, who has been coming to the Bay to Breakers in costume since 1981.

Hearney ran the entire race with a 40-pound backpack decorated with a tall makeshift candle to celebrate the 100th anniversary. Despite the extra walk, he said this year's Footstock was an improvement from last year's.

"The people are as enthusiastic as ever," he said.

Partygoers could eat and fuel up on water, beer or wine or participate in the annual costume contest.

Some said the added fun this year was due to the increased number of participants celebrating the races' centennial. One reveler said that with the stricter rules on boozing, more people made it to the end of the race and had the extra energy to walk to Footstock.

"Everyone seems well behaved," said Wes Fisher, 37, of San Francisco, who dressed as The Tin Man and was joined by the rest of the cast of the Wizard of Oz.

Aditya Wresniyandaka, 45, flew in from Minneapolis to join the 100th race. He said from before the race until Footstock, this year's Bay to Breakers was well organized.

"This [Footstock] is much bigger, I really like it," he said.

Participants also said the food was good, there was a lot of space to roam and the weather was just right for Footstock.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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