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Floats, parties off limits at B2B

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As many as 50,000 runners will race through the streets of San Francisco on May 15 for the 100th anniversary of Bay to Breakers, but don’t expect the party to follow.

According to race organizers AEG, floats and partiers will not be permitted along the 7.46-mile route as has been common practice for the past decade.

For years, neighborhood associations, police and organizers have tried to curb the excessive drinking they say has taken place after the elite runners have passed through the course.

Two years ago, similar efforts to prevent partiers from coming to the race were put in place, but were reversed after community uproar.

This year, though, additional police and private security will be added to enforce these rules, and checkpoints will be in place to prevent much of the party that has followed the race in the past.

“These new regulations will not be reversed,” according to the Bay to Breakers website.

In addition to the alcohol ban and participant cap, race organizers announced that Bay to Breakers runners who break Bobby Vlught’s 1912 winning time of 44:10 and women who beat the 50:45 winning time of the first female winner, Dr. Frances Conley in 1971, will have their race numbers retired and receive a commemorative medal representing the 100th running of the race.

AEG, organizer of Bay to Breakers, shares the same owners as Clarity Media, which oversees The San Francisco Examiner.