John Metcalfe is CityLab’s Bay Area bureau chief, based in Oakland. His coverage focuses on climate change and the science of cities.
You know you're at a special party when there's a nude man who's waxed his whole body except for a chest-hair smiley face.
You know you're at a special party when there's a nude, beefy man who's waxed his whole body except for a smiley face made of chest hair.
Sir Pileous McPecwhiskers may have won the unofficial best costume at the 2013 Bay to Breakers – a century-old footrace in San Francisco featuring serious runners and dressed-up (or plain naked) freaks – but he had competition from a roller-disco granddad, human Sriracha bottles, a horse demon and a depressed narwhal. As with past years, it was a wonderfully sketchball throw-down, with drunken Whooooos! echoing through neighborhoods long after authorities cleared the roads with truck-mounted fire hoses.
Sadly, I did not get a picture of chesty Smiley Face, only heard about him from a friend. But a couple attendees have started flooding Flickr with shots from Sunday's event, giving the world a good idea of the extent of the fabulosity. (Good, but not comprehensive – just look at the immensity of this throng.) Oh, and if you actually care about who won the race, the Bleacher Report says it was Tolossa Gedfa Fufi from Ethiopia for men and Burundi's Diane Nukuri-Johnson for the women. Now, to the much more important costume ball (Livefyre has more, although it also has private parts).
Top photo by Kevin Edwards on Flickr