Wobbly legs didn’t stop dozens of exhausted finishers of the 99th ING Bay to Breakers from dancing to a DJ’s beats at a race after-party Sunday near the finish line.
At the annual ING Footstock following the unconventional race — where an estimated 60,000 participants, some elite athletes and others costumed characters searching for fun and exercise, traversed a 12-kilometer course from downtown to the Great Highway — the fun was only beginning for some revelers.
“I feel good; it was a really good time,” said Justin Babb, 23, of Redding, who walked the course.
Babb wore an aloha shirt, grass skirt and a number of other wacky items he’d purchased at a dollar store, and said he wanted to rest his feet with an ice cream sundae, a beer and some music at Footstock.
A glass of wine and some tunes sounded like a fine idea to Cindy Mekim, whose family, all dressed as human crayons, have come together to complete the past nine Bay to Breakers. After Footstock, the “Family of Crayons” was headed to Hooter’s restaurant in Fremont, she said.
And they will definitely be back for next year’s 100th anniversary of the race, Mekim said.
The Footstock party changed locations from last year. Rather being held at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park, it was held in a smaller park along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
David Isaac, 42, of San Francisco was happy just to have a beer after putting in hard work on the racecourse. He’s a serious runner who raced for time.
“I’m about a minute slower [than last year’s Bay to Breakers],” said Isaac, adding that he didn’t mind his time because what matters is he got in a good run.