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San Francisco is a wonderful city. There is so much to do and this week is no exception. Last Sunday was the famed Bay to Breakers’ foot race. This race is a USA Track and Field Certified 12k (7.46 miles) race. The elite runners started out first and then parade began. The winners were Sammy Kitwara from Kenya who finished the 7+ miles in 34:40.5 and Mamitu Daska from Ethiopia who finished in 39:02.4. People walked and ran in costume, in regular walking and running clothes and in the nude. I walked in this event about 5 years ago and it was a hoot. I think it took me about 2 hours, but then again, I walked.
But since I missed this year’s event, yesterday I met up with a friend and we decided to go for a shorter walk. We started at Crissy Field, which is one of my favorite places in the city. We started at the parking lot and walked to Fort Point at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge and back.
Chrissy Field is part of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. It was a military airfield, dating back to the 1920’s, but is now a flat space next to the Bay where one can walk, run and bike. The park is comprised of 130 acres with views of the Bay, Alcatraz, the north side of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge that are amazing. Yesterday’s walk started off in the fog and finished in the sun.
On the weekends, children play in the surf and on any day with a bit of a breeze, you will see wind surfers who range as far as a bridge. The dogs and the dog walkers didn’t seem to mind the not so perfect weather. Many a lab was chasing a ball into the water.