Bay to Breakers Race, San Francisco, 2015-05-17
Just three days before the largest footrace in the world was to begin in San Francisco, the Bay Area got hit by a storm that drenched communities north, south and east of the city. Rare thunder and lightening scared many people. But San Francisco sits like a pearl in the center, and Mother Nature protected us… not a single drop of rain fell on the city.
Friday was cool, overcast but no rain. The sun peeked out throughout the day. Saturday was like Friday, tolerable but not very inviting, except toward the end of the day when sunshine prevailed.
So, the weather forecast said it would be 51 degrees over night, and 53 degrees plus during Sunday….no rain, but cold. Of course, real runners get warm, even hot, from the exertion of running, so I can hope for a few nudes bracing the chilly weather, to complete the largest footrace in the world. (We’ll see).
And cold it was. It kept many traditional nudes away, and a palpable wind chill made even dressed onlookers feel cold Overcast, no sunshine peeking through, and low light level.
Police turned a blind eye to drinking and nudity, and beyond the 50,000 signed-up runners there was an additional mass of 20,000 to 30,000 additional hangers-on, a few being nude but the vast majority just having fun… and getting high on the drinks easily available alongside the route. Colorful costumes of all kinds and general eccentricity made for a fun themed race as usual, and some coverage of nudity was also possible, despite the low temperatures and poor light level… Like the postal deliveries – Rain or Shine – nudity coverage for the naturist press is imperative.
Leif Heilberg, May 2015.