By Mary Hillis

Being a part of the HOKA ONE ONE Aggies centipede at the 2017 Bay to Breakers (B2B) was one of the most unique racing opportunities I have ever experienced. Never before had I raced while physically attached to 12 teammates, as we ran a hard 12K through the streets of San Francisco. The course starts by the Bay, takes you up and down the steep city hills, then through Golden Gate Park, and finally to the sea. Despite parading down those streets tethered together with masses of entangled carabiners and bungee cords, our crew somehow managed to appear almost ordinary amongst the more colorful participants. Weaving between unicorns, superheroes, and a giant pink gorilla, I witnessed more adult male anatomy than I care to observe! But having said that, the depth of diversity at the B2B is a testament to the participants’ imagination and commitment to celebrating fun.

I have been an Aggie for almost one complete orbit around the sun, and this was my first experience of the legendary B2B weekend. For some runners, this is the pinnacle race of the season. For others, it is a time to let loose and run with their fellow lady teammates. But for all of us, it is an event where the HOKA ONE ONE Aggies always display their toughness and competitive spirit. The veterans lead the way through the crowded start, persuading the rest of the ’pede to follow, while encouraging a sustainable, coordinated cadence. We battled all the way until the end, finishing second, with the front of our ‘pede finishing in sync with the tail of the winning team. Can’t wait to see what next year’s B2B brings!

Plow Plow Plow!

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