Angela took a few minutes away from last minute race preparations to give FNF members a snapshot of some unique race features. You may not realize that by running the 2010 ING Bay to Breakers, you might be able to….
Run alongside some of the world’s best…
AF: We’ve got an awesome field, a really spectacular race particularly on the women’s side, featuring many world class athletes from around the globe. Emily Chebet is the reigning World Cross Country Champion, and Lineth Chepkurui ran 30:45 on the roads for 10k last year, the world’s #9 all-time performance. On the men’s side, Sammy Kitwara returns to defend his crown and improve on his world record.
Experience all that the race is known for, but also get to watch….
AF: The possibility that a woman can win the race with an equalizer in place. For most of the people in back, they don’t know what is going on in front, but it is a thrilling thing to see a woman win, as happened a couple years ago [Edna Kiplagat, 2007]. The women will start 4 minutes and 51 seconds ahead of the top men, which ideally will create an exciting stretch run to crown one victor.
Benefit from some new race features…..
AF: Our corral system continues from last year, and we are getting more runners back to the race based on the changes instituted then. We will have more activity in the finish area, including t-shirt distribution.
Join a community or even be part of a Guiness World Record…..
AF: In our first year of setting up a group, we have over 7000 fans on facebook, mostly people who are going to go out and actually run the race. We also just worked out a deal with LinkedIn, a push for world’s largest centipede…anyone who is on LinkedIn can take part. We also have been excited to add Focus-N-Fly.
Look forward to the 100th year in 2011….
AF: One of the things we want to do is bring out some past champions. I’d like to have some races within the race – come up with some new fun things for the runners, and have a big post-race celebration.