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Bare to Breakers Nude Run - San Francisco - California

Running in the nude makes you live longer!

Well maybe not - but you sure do feel good while you're doing it! Bare to Breakers is an annual tradition that started around 1978 when a drunken Lesli Josephson decided to run the Bay to Breakers course (an annual clothed-run) in the buff. She and others ran in it nude in the following years and a tradition was formed. Years later a man named Ed Van Sicklin coined the term "Bare-to-Breakers" and immortalized it on hats.
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Who runs naked?

These days, hundreds are running naked both for fun and as a demonstration of body-freedom. Anyone can join in and it's an important part of San Franciscan tradition. Everyone should try it once!

The event is an official race where legitimate runners negotiate the 12km course that begins in the city at Main and Howard streets and makes its way through the Golden Gate Park and ends down at the water's edge at the 'breakers'. There are cash prizes involved and it keeps the participants in 'running-shape' for the longer races and marathons throughout the year. Since this is San Francisco, after all, it only seems fitting that a naked crew of baseball-hat-wearing enthusiasts would not only join-in, but become as important to the event as the runners themselves.

Nudity is a given, but there are many other aspects to Bare to Breakers that are sometimes overlooked. Bodypainting is popular and there are musical acts as well as people performing all sorts of music and other interesting spectacles during the run. It's a day where people (clothed or not) get together and have some fun while staying fit. San Francisco is one of the most tolerant places in the world so don't worry about being hassled too much for dropping the trousers and letting it hang loose. Just make sure to clothe yourself immediately after passing the finish line as the law dictates.

You're more than welcome to run with the crowd for free, but you're also encouraged to register with the official Bay to Breakers organizers as well as with the Bare to Breakers Booster's club, which is a small charge but allows access to a number of events and some swag from the event organizers and sponsors. It's also a great way to show support for the efforts of all involved. You should have no trouble finding a place to stay in the city: hotels, b&b's and hostels are abundant, but as usual, book well before you leave.

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Galleries

Bare to Breakers 2009  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2009 19 images (HUGE) Carnival
Barewithme  - Bare to Breakers 2009
"People were really cheering on the nude runners..."
Bare to Breakers 2009  
beads
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2009 21 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2009
WOW!
Bare to Breakers 2010  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
masks
, 
pasties
Posted June 2010 49 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Peanutphant  - Bare to Breakers 2010
Peanutphant blended-in well with the crowd!
Bare to Breakers 2012  
bodypaint
, 
pasties
, 
piercings
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2012 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2012
Fingers adds a great Event Report!
Bare to Breakers 2012  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
masks
, 
pasties
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2012 60 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Peanutphant  - Bare to Breakers 2012
More photographic magic from Peanutphant!
Bare to Breakers 2010  
running/jogging
Posted July 2012 18 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2010
The men of Bare to Breakers!
Bare to Breakers 2010  
beads
, 
costume
, 
running/jogging
Posted July 2012 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2010
The nude runners should be awarded prizes, too.
Bare to Breakers 2014  
costume
, 
pasties
, 
tattoo
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2014 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2014
There's nothing like the warm springtime air on your naked butt.
Bare to Breakers 2013  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
piercings
, 
tattoo
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2013 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2013
Great weather makes for a great time!
Bare to Breakers 2002  
costume
, 
masks
, 
tattoo
, 
food/eat/drink
, 
running/jogging
Posted September 2014 25 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2002
One of the best years. Nice people and tons of them.
Bare to Breakers 2013  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
Posted June 2013 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Peanutphant  - Bare to Breakers 2013
Through the city, through the park and down to the breakers.
Bare to Breakers 2012  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
tattoo
, 
running/jogging
Posted August 2013 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2012
Nude runners can't win money, but they win our respect.
Bare to Breakers 2008  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
smoking
, 
food/eat/drink
Posted October 2013 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2008
The crew was VERY energetic that year.
Bare to Breakers 2013  
beads
, 
costume
, 
piercings
, 
tattoo
, 
running/jogging
, 
exercise
Posted May 2014 24 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2013
The 2014 Race is less than 2 weeks away!
Golden Gate Park 2011  
pasties
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2011 19 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Golden Gate Park 2011
No rain this year!
Bare to Breakers 2010  
costume
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2010 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2010
Nudity was about the same as last year when it was blazing hot.
Bare to Breakers 2008  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
piercings
, 
tattoo
, 
food/eat/drink
, 
glasses
, 
running/jogging
, 
hula hooping
Posted May 2008 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2008
Hot off the press and includes a written report from Fingers!
Bare to Breakers 2005  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
leather
, 
pasties
, 
piercings
, 
, 
tattoo
, 
glasses
, 
running/jogging
Posted June 2005 40 images (LARGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2005
Get ready. Get set. Get naked!
Bare to Breakers 2006  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
camera
, 
costume
, 
dance
, 
running/jogging
, 
dog
Posted July 2006 142 images (Medium) Carnival
Nomad  - Bare to Breakers 2006
You just KNEW that Nomad was going to be there, right?
Bare to Breakers 2003  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
camera
, 
costume
, 
piercings
, 
glasses
Posted May 2003 40 images (Medium) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2003
This year it was mild and sunny!
Bare to Breakers 2004  
affection
, 
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
glasses
Posted January 2008 10 images (LARGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2004
This really is an amazing and free-spirited event!
Bare to Breakers 2006  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
piercings
, 
tattoo
Posted January 2008 40 images (LARGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2006
The weather was perfect by the time the 'race' began!
Bare to Breakers 2008  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
Posted May 2008 25 images (HUGE) Carnival
Frogwash  - Bare to Breakers 2008
These were taken on the city streets just north of the park.
Bare to Breakers 2008  
beads
, 
bodypaint
Posted May 2008 14 images (LARGE) Carnival
Hackey  - Bare to Breakers 2008
Too bad they don't do this EVERY day of the year!
Bare to Breakers 2008  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
, 
food/eat/drink
, 
running/jogging
, 
hula hooping
Posted May 2008 25 images (Medium) Carnival
Persnickety1  - Bare to Breakers 2008
Looks like the BtB crew were out in full force once again!
Bare to Breakers 2008  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
camera
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
, 
tattoo
, 
glasses
, 
running/jogging
, 
hula hooping
Posted June 2008 50 images (HUGE) Carnival
Naked1  - Bare to Breakers 2008
The Naked1 took some shots of other naked ones...
Bare to Breakers 2009  
costume
, 
pasties
Posted June 2009 50 images (HUGE) Carnival
Frogwash  - Bare to Breakers 2009
The yellow hats were out in full force!
Bare to Breakers 2008  
costume
, 
running/jogging
, 
hula hooping
Posted January 2009 18 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2008
Good times to be had for everyone!
Bare to Breakers 2005  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2005 30 images (HUGE) Carnival
Naked Contractor  - Bare to Breakers 2005
Even a father and daughter ran naked!
Bare to Breakers 2009  
piercings
, 
tattoo
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2010 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2009
Everyone loves the Bare to Breakers crew!
Bare to Breakers 2011  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
running/jogging
Posted January 2012 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2011
Friendly folks and a great way to spend a Sunday morning!
Bare to Breakers 2003  
bodypaint
, 
pasties
, 
running/jogging
Posted October 2011 17 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2003
Our favourite mini-marathon-crashers are at it again!
Bare to Breakers 2012  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
running/jogging
Posted March 2013 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2012
What a bunch of clowns!
Bare to Breakers 2007  
bodypaint
, 
camera
, 
costume
, 
running/jogging
Posted June 2007 65 images (HUGE) Carnival
Naked1  - Bare to Breakers 2007
What a blast!
Bare to Breakers 2007  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
, 
food/eat/drink
Posted June 2007 9 images (LARGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2007
This year's Bay to Breakers had the nicest weather in years.
Bare to Breakers 2007  Posted October 2008 8 images (LARGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2007
You can see the yellow caps coming from wayyyy up the path...
Bare to Breakers 2001  
bodypaint
, 
masks
, 
food/eat/drink
, 
running/jogging
Posted June 2001 22 images (Medium) Carnival
Naked1  - Bare to Breakers 2001
Just socks and sneakers, then run like a jack rabbit!
Bare to Breakers 2005  
running/jogging
Posted May 2005 25 images (LARGE) Carnival
Naked1  - Bare to Breakers 2005
A great overview of the race,
Bare to Breakers 2002  
beads
, 
camera
, 
costume
, 
, 
glasses
, 
running/jogging
Posted July 2002 10 images (Medium) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2002
On your mark, get set, get naked!
Bare to Breakers 2005  
bodypaint
, 
camera
, 
costume
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2005 25 images (HUGE) Carnival
Frogwash  - Bare to Breakers 2005
Some shots with a bit of a twist...
Bare to Breakers 2009  
beads
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
running/jogging
Posted June 2009 30 images (HUGE) Carnival
AndyO  - Bare to Breakers 2009
This event is practically in Andy's backyard!
Bare to Breakers 2008  Posted September 2009 10 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2008
This crowd adds a ton of fun to the more serious run...
Bare to Breakers 2010  
costume
, 
pasties
, 
running/jogging
Posted November 2010 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2010
Time flies - it won't be long until the next race now!
Bare to Breakers 2002  
beads
, 
undressing
Posted April 2011 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2002
Where do we sign-up ???!!!
Bare to Breakers 2006  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
piercings
, 
tattoo
Posted September 2011 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2006
If you have to exercise, this would be the way to go about it.
Bare to Breakers 2011  
costume
, 
pasties
, 
running/jogging
Posted February 2012 19 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2011
Run. Walk. Ride. Just be naked when you do it!
Bare to Breakers 2000  
beads
, 
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
running/jogging
Posted March 2012 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2000
Fingers and this event go back a LONG way.
Bare to Breakers 2010  
beads
, 
costume
, 
running/jogging
Posted June 2011 17 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2010
Always lots of fun and especially when the weather's good!
Bare to Breakers 2001  
bodypaint
, 
pasties
Posted November 2012 25 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2001
Dare to bare!
Bare to Breakers 2011  
bodypaint
, 
running/jogging
Posted November 2011 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2011
Is there an actual winner amongh the Bare-To-Breakers crew?
The Men of BTB 2010!  
running/jogging
Posted June 2011 20 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - The Men of BTB 2010!
There's no gender discrimination around here.
Bare to Breakers 2011  
bodypaint
, 
costume
, 
pasties
, 
running/jogging
Posted June 2011 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Peanutphant  - Bare to Breakers 2011
There's a lot of action from start to finish.
Bare to Breakers 2000  
running/jogging
Posted May 2012 12 images (HUGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2000
Hang around after the race and check out the zany floats!
Bare to Breakers 2005  
bodypaint
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2005 10 images (HUGE) Carnival
The Happy Nudist  - Bare to Breakers 2005
Running naked is harder than it looks!
Bare to Breakers 2011  
costume
, 
running/jogging
Posted September 2013 10 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Naked-DanH  - Bare to Breakers 2011
Dan loves the ladies and they seem to love him right back!
Bare to Breakers 2007  
beads
, 
pasties
, 
, 
glasses
, 
running/jogging
Posted May 2008 8 images (LARGE) Carnival
Fingers  - Bare to Breakers 2007
The 2008 run is just around the corner...
Bare to Breakers 2007  Posted August 2007 90 images (HUGE) Carnival
AndyO  - Bare to Breakers 2007
Great weather + great spirits = one excellent event!
Bare to Breakers 2006  Posted May 2006 40 images (LARGE) Carnival
Naked1  - Bare to Breakers 2006
Braving the early morning sogginess to bring you these.
Bare to Breakers 2004  Posted May 2004 35 images (LARGE) Carnival
Naked1  - Bare to Breakers 2004
This just gets zanier every year!
Bare to Breakers 2003  Posted May 2003 75 images (Medium) Carnival
Naked1  - Bare to Breakers 2003
Up close and personal with all of the runners!
Bare to Breakers 2000  Posted May 2000 40 images (small) Carnival
Naked1  - Bare to Breakers 2000
First out of the gate with pics from this year's event!
Bare to Breakers 1999  Posted July 1999 30 images (small) Carnival
Naked1  - Bare to Breakers 1999
Good coverage of this annual event.
Bare to Breakers 2007  Posted June 2007 15 images (HUGE) Carnival
Naked Contractor  - Bare to Breakers 2007
Bare to Breakers 2007  Posted May 2007 13 images (HUGE) Carnival
The Happy Nudist  - Bare to Breakers 2007
Same event.. totally different shots...
Bare to Breakers 2006  Posted May 2006 15 images (LARGE) Carnival
The Happy Nudist  - Bare to Breakers 2006
Santa Clause out of season!
Bare to Breakers 2007  Posted May 2007 30 images (HUGE) Carnival
Frogwash  - Bare to Breakers 2007
Over the city route for a change.
Bare to Breakers 2004  Posted September 2004 25 images (HUGE) Carnival
Frogwash  - Bare to Breakers 2004
A great look at the runners within the crowds!
Bare to Breakers 2008  Posted June 2008 19 images (HUGE) Carnival
The Happy Nudist  - Bare to Breakers 2008
Naked, and proud of it!
Bare to Breakers 2000  Posted June 2000 19 images (small) Carnival
Padlex  - Bare to Breakers 2000
Coccozellians the world over, rejoice: Padlex has returned!
Bare to Breakers 2002  Posted June 2002 38 images (Medium) Carnival
Red Baron  - Bare to Breakers 2002
People ran in the rain - naked and gladly!
Bare to Breakers 2001  Posted November 2001 39 images (Medium) Carnival
Red Baron  - Bare to Breakers 2001
Bare to Breakers 2003  Posted May 2003 50 images (LARGE) Carnival
AndyO  - Bare to Breakers 2003
The 2003 nude run was a huge success!
Bare to Breakers 2003  Posted June 2003 9 images (small) Carnival
Naked Contractor  - Bare to Breakers 2003
Naked Contractor? what a great nickname!
Bare to Breakers 2004  Posted May 2004 25 images (LARGE) Carnival
Naked Contractor  - Bare to Breakers 2004
NC's annual and up-close version of this year's event!
Bare to Breakers 2009  Posted December 2009 18 images (HUGE) Carnival
BigBSF  - Bare to Breakers 2009
No rain this year!
Bare to Breakers 2009  Posted December 2009 25 images (HUGE) Carnival
Riverslug  - Bare to Breakers 2009
"...these two cuties undressed right across the street."
Bare to Breakers 2010  Posted May 2010 23 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
The Happy Nudist  - Bare to Breakers 2010
Cooler weather still couldn't stop everyone from getting naked!
Bare to Breakers 2010  Posted May 2010 19 images (HUGE) Carnival
Day Dreamer Dream  - Bare to Breakers 2010
A lot of people were getting in on the action.
Bare to Breakers 2002  Posted July 2002 24 images (Medium) Carnival
Meets Or Exceeds  - Bare to Breakers 2002
You really have to admire the tenacity of the streakers!
Bare to Breakers 2001  Posted June 2001 14 images (Medium) Carnival
Spion  - Bare to Breakers 2001
1000s of athletes! 200 nudists! Outrageous Costumes!
Bare to Breakers 2009  Posted October 2010 14 images (HUGE) Carnival
Jeffy  - Bare to Breakers 2009
Some run while others walk topless with a beer in their hand.
Bare to Breakers 2004  Posted November 2004 25 images (LARGE) Carnival
Intensive Care Bear  - Bare to Breakers 2004
Great nickname!
Bare to Breakers 2004  Posted May 2004 20 images (LARGE) Carnival
The Happy Nudist  - Bare to Breakers 2004
They've even thrown in some bodypainting this year!
Bare to Breakers 2002  Posted June 2002 12 images (small) Carnival
The Happy Nudist  - Bare to Breakers 2002
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor hail...
Bare to Breakers 2001  Posted June 2001 29 images (small) Carnival
Essefaux  - Bare to Breakers 2001
"Nutty" doesn't even begin to describe it.
Bare to Breakers 2010  Posted February 2011 17 images (Medium) Carnival
Mr. Smiles  - Bare to Breakers 2010
Bringing smiles to the faces of everyone!
Bare to Breakers 2011  Posted October 2011 5 images (HUGE) Carnival
Rock Star  - Bare to Breakers 2011
A few shots of the wild and wacky Bare to Breakers crowd.
Bare to Breakers 2013  Posted June 2013 10 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Rock Star  - Bare to Breakers 2013
So THIS is what became of the "Ninja Turtles"!
Bare to Breakers 2013  Posted September 2013 10 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Naked-DanH  - Bare to Breakers 2013
His favorite so far, probably because he makes tons of friends.
Bare to Breakers 2010  Posted September 2013 20 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Naked-DanH  - Bare to Breakers 2010
Having a great time while naked is what it's all about!
Bare to Breakers 2009  Posted September 2013 10 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Naked-DanH  - Bare to Breakers 2009
Dan's first BaretoBreakers, but certainly not his last!
Bare to Breakers 2014  Posted June 2014 10 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Rock Star  - Bare to Breakers 2014
Another fun day in the city!
Bare to Breakers 2014  Posted June 2014 7 images (Hi-Res) Carnival
Rock Star  - Bare to Breakers 2014
More daring to run naked from the Rock Star.