I'm on the record as mostly hating on this race. I lived in its path for eight years and I saw the homeowners come out to survey the damage done. The pools of urine and vomit. The human excrement left in every half-private corner. I understand that a costumed race/frat party is really fun for a lot of people, but it got out of control. More needed to be done--needs to be done--to keep the party from messing up people's homes.
Sponsor ING drops Bay to Breakers
"All I can say officially is, they were a wonderful sponsor and chose not to renew for the 100th anniversary next year," said Sam Singer, a spokesman for the race, which is run by Anschutz Entertainment Group.
Unofficially, however, word is ING is fed up with all the bad publicity that the race has generated in recent years, especially the complaints of residents around the Panhandle and Alamo Square about revelers and runners urinating, defecating and generally behaving rudely.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi says the problem isn't the race itself - it's control of the floating costume party that accompanies it. "The fact that there are 60,000 participants, and over half didn't register - including the mayor - just illustrates that they need a more modernized way of managing the most unique race of its kind in the United States," he said.