May 15, 2005

Bay to Breakers: Overheard

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at May 15, 2005 8:04 PM

Overheard on the course:

Some dude discoursing on number theory. It sounded like he was explaining the Euler phi function (although it may have been the Riemann zeta function; he was being somewhat imprecise).

Most races have people handing out cups of water; this one has in addition tables with cups of beer. One such table was at the foot of Hayes Street Hill, with a man enticing runners with, "The hill looks smaller when you're drunk!" (Somehow I suspect the opposite is true.)

Naked man to naked woman, around mile 7: "I shouldn't have smoked that bowl at the starting line."

Proselytizing! There are some fundamentalist Christians who apparently show up every year and stand by the side of the course with signs and megaphones. Come on, at least run the race for Jesus. Lazy bastards. Anyway, I guess they figure this is a major gathering of the hellbound, which would only be reinforced by the amount of jeering they drew.

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You know, this is why I fscking LOVE the Bay Area. There's plenty to hate, as well, sure, but damn.

Sadly, I've never run it myself, though I mean to someday (along with the full loop around Lake Chabot, and the full 10k Far Side... I'm a wuss, only ran the 5k).

Maybe I should get in shape? That'd be something. I was getting back to the gym again recently and fencing, but couldn't keep it up long before my hands completely crapped out, no surprise there. Eh, we'll see.

Posted by: Lemming | May 16, 2005 2:02 PM

The mile 7 comment is awesome!

Posted by: Mason | May 16, 2005 9:58 PM
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