Bay to Breakers by the Numbers: “It Took Me 38 Songs to Finish the Race!”

I did it! I survived the Bay to Breakers, the world-famous footrace held in San Francisco on the third Sunday each May. It was my first and it just happened to be the 100th running of Bay to Breakers, which began in 1912.

This year, registration was limited to 50,000. Due to popular demand, however, Bay to Breakers organizers re-opened registration, allowing another 5,000 runners/walkers to sign-up and be a part of history. The course is 7.46 miles or 12 kilometers long. According to the official web site, the course begins at sea level at the Embarcadero. The course rises steeply along the Hayes Street Hill. Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore Street and Steiner Street. The remainder of the course gradually flows downhill alongside the Panhandle through Golden Park to the Finish Line at the Great Highway.

It took me 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete the scenic course. I know it helped that I had an awesome playlist to keep me going. Here are the 38 songs that kept me chugging along from the starting line to the finish line.

1. “Gonna Fly Now: Theme from Rocky” – Bill Conti
2. “Eye of the Tiger” – Survivor
3. “San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” – Scott McKenzie
4. “The Climb” – Miley Cyrus
5. “No Ke Ano’ Ahi Ahi (Song of the Body of Christ) – Bobby Fisher
6. “Lord, You Have Come” – Various Artists
7. “Here I Am, Lord” – Dan Schutte
8. “God Bless the U.S.A.” – Lee Greenwood
9. “My Hallelujah Song” – Julianne Hough
10. “Mary’s Prayer” – Danny Wilson
11. “Hey, Soul Sister” – Train
12. “Santeria” – Sublime
13. “I Gotta Feeling” – The Black Eyed Peas
14. “Party in the U.S.A.” – Miley Cyrus
15. “Livin’ On A Prayer” – Bon Jovi
16. “Spot You In A Coalmine” – Corey Hart
17. “Come On Eileen” – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
18. “Humpty Dance” – Digital Underground
19. “Don’t Stop the Rock” – Freestyle
20. “Bamboleo” – Gipsy Kings
21. “Jump Around” – House of Pain
22. “Going Back to Cali” – LL Cool J
23. “Start All Over” – Miley Cyrus
24. “Losing My Religion” – R.E.M.
25. “Super Freak” – Rick James
26. “Livin’ La Vida Loca” – Ricky Martin
27. “Walk This Way” – RUN-D.M.C. featuring Aerosmith
28. “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” – Shania Twain
29. “I Hear A Symphony” – The Supremes
30. “Mickey” – Toni Basil
31. “Pump Up The Jam” – Technotronic
32. “Life Is…Too Short” – Too Short
33. “Brown Eyed Girl” – Van Morrison
34. “Y.M.C.A.” – Village People
35. “Searchin’ My Soul” – Vonda Shepard
36. “Different Truck, Same Loser” – The Wreckers
37. “Rump Shaker” – Wreckx-N-Effect
38. “These Are Days” – 10,000 Maniacs

These upbeat and motivational songs make me want to tie-up my laces and train for another race!