This series is a departure from my usual landscape/macro postings. This will be the first time that I covered an event. I will just share with you my observations about the event.
On the route is the Conservatory of Flowers, seen above. The event is a family affair as kids come with their parents.
Runners/walkers pass McLaren Lodge inside Golden Gate Park.
While there are legit/serious runners in the competition, more people know B2B for the many people who participate and just walk the 7.5-mile route, some in very elaborate costumes interpreting their favorite movies, tv shows or characters (will post these later). A lot more people like me who came to watch walk alongside these "registered" participants (yes Mayor Gavin, next time I go I will register) on the sidewalk while enjoying the sights of people having a lot of fun. It was a party out there and at such an early time.
My hubby and I have always wanted to participate, well at least watch for years. But each year, we get too busy to mark our calendars and we end up missing it. This year, I made sure we save the date and turn in early Saturday night so we can drive to the city. As expected a lot of streets along the route have been closed for motorists and with the help of Yahoo Answers I found out the best place to watch the event is at the Panhandle.
We parked the car at a McDonald's some 1.5 to 2 blocks away from the entry to GG Park (yeah we got a ticket, darn I lost $40 right there), walked two blocks. Took a few shots on the corner of Oak and Stanyan, then joined the participants and walked the rest of the route, which I believe is 3.5 miles to go (we walked the same route to collect the car, so that day I walked for 7 miles, my personal record, yay!).
There will be more to follow. Stay tuned.