Bay to Breakdown: B2B by the Numbers

by Andrew Dalton on May 28, 2010

After hearing the announcement on Wednesday that ING would be dropping their Bay to Breakers sponsorship, the fine Citizens for the Preservation of Bay2Breakers (Why do we always put a 2 in there? That’s stupid.) put together this data-filled press release/blog post detailing why Bay to Breakers (Or “B2B”, barf you please) will still be around after ING and AEG. The whole thing, in it’s bulleted entirety reads like a transcribed Power Point Presentation, but somewhere among the numbers that they pull from both cited sources and “educated guesses”, there are some salient points, as they say*:

First, there’s the implication that ING was butthurt that the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System┬ámoved its portfolio to Great West Retirement Services by in January of 2009. Which actually seems like a possible factor. Mostly because of how banker types tend to be boring enough to take someone else’s business decision personally.

Some of the hard data in the press release makes a decent case for keeping hope alive (like the fact that the City actually recoups all it’s costs in setup, cleaning, etc), but there’s also some fuzzy math like comparing the 110,000 participants in the record-setting 1986 Bay to Breakers to the number of people re-elected Gavin’s Hair in 2007 (105,596, in case you were wondering). So, we should elect Bay to Breakers for Mayor? Is that what you’re saying?

Also, there’s some fun stuff in here! Like, did you know people from 49 out of 50 states participated in Bay to Breakers in 2008? Who says they don’t like San Francisco values in the middle of the country? (Which state do we think was holding out? And can we get a local news piece on that state’s representative to the 100-year anniversary race next year?)

Most importanly though, is the C4TPOB2B’s (official abbrev) call for generally more common sense, which…uh…makes sense because, while banning booze and floats would make sense for say – a tailgate parade in Lincoln, Nebraska – it doesn’t really make sense to kinda-sorta ban booze, but then allow it if it’s in a cup or a jello-shot or the cops are thirsty or it’s actually cocaine in a portapotty. What does make sense is more (yes, even more!) porta-potties along the course, more efficient 6-man urinal things that aren’t people’s doorsteps, and some more well-place barricades (like say, at Divis and Hayes) to keep people on track and near the Sani-Cans.

Although the Author of the press release (and the group’s Co-Chair) is named Conor, which is like the #1 sign that he might just be Frat guy in disguise trying to keep his right to drag a Prop Lifegaurd tower over Alamo Square. (Just kidding, Conor!)

*Business people say that, don’t they?


8 Responses to “Bay to Breakdown: B2B by the Numbers”

  1. Conor J says:

    Thanks for the review.

    C4TPOB2B looks like a personalized plate gone wrong. Definitely not the official abbrev.

    Never dragged a lifeguard tower, but I was in a fraternity. (Is Conor a frat guy name? I always thought of it as a big red-headed boozer’s name–though I am none of those things. Maybe one.)

    Thanks again. Any attention, even from people making fun of us, is probably good for the cause.

    Conorj

  2. Not making fun, I fully support the Urinal Plan.

  3. Conor J says:

    I think #50 was Rhode Island.

  4. rickinsf says:

    2010 B2B was the most douche-filled event imaginable, short of a final episode viewing party for “Jersey Shore” at the Bubble Lounge. Seriously, no excuse for the debauch – one of the most assholic crowds, ever. The only victims here would be the actual fun-runners who made the event the spectacle that it once was, and who have lost it to the entitled butt-munchers who have overtaken it.

    Having said all of that, San Francisco doesn’t need to ban booze at this event – just enforce the laws it currently has on the books regarding public intoxication and consumption. I mean, who WOULDN’T want to see a daisy-chain of 150 frat guys and the Goodby account managers they’re destined to marry, all zip-tied to a tree on the Panhandle, awaiting indictment from the ersatz courtroom-in-a-trailer that could solve the city’s financial problem in one tsunami of misdemeanor convictions?

  5. I’m definitely nominating this for the Best Comment of 2010. Well played, Rick.

  6. Heysie says:

    The only thing more offensive than drunken jackholes peeing all over the panhandle is the contempt this article piles on the race itself and the generations of people who have treasured it. The irony is that nobody is defending the jackholes; the people who most want to save Breakers are the people who most want to rid it of problems. RickinSF, I’m a little offended that you must assume I am a douche for having participated in the race, but thank you for acknowledging the fun runners who have made the race great. They are still there, I can’t believe you didn’t notice them. Just because they are trailed by some “assholic behavior” doesn’t mean they’ve lost the race. I agree anyone peeing anywhere other than a port-o-let needs to be arrested and fined (massively), but I’m stunned that people are short-sighted enough to think that those idiots somehow represent the event.

  7. I don’t think we’re short-sighted for thinking those idiots represent the event, but the real fun of watching all the weirdos roll by has been eclipsed by said idiots.

    And for the record, I have zero contempt for actual competitors because they signal the moment when it’s OK for me to start drinking so I can be in an appropriately festive mood for weirdo-watching.

  8. Rickinsf says:

    Heysie, please check your rhetorical logic.

    I didn’t imply that if you participated in B2B, you were a douchebag; I implied that B2B’s 2010 legacy was defined – not by its quirky fun-runners – but by a coterie of numberless, drunken douchebags, all of them dry-humping women dressed like she wanted to be dry-humped by drunken, race trespassing douchebags.

    To be clear, if you had a number and ran the race, I do not think you are a douchebag. I’m sure you will rest more easily knowing that I, a 2010 nominee for Best AP Comment, hold you in such not-douchebaggy regard.

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