May 17, 2011

WBRC Team Completes the 100th Annual Bay to Breakers Race

A WBRC staff team completed the 100th Annual Bay to Breakers Race
On Sunday May 15th five WBRC staff members participated in and completed the 100th Annual Bay to Breakers 12K race in San Francisco, CA.
The course starts near San Francisco Bay then runs 7.46 miles west to Ocean Beach
The ‘Bay to Breakers’ is an annual footrace which starts at the northeast end of the downtown area a few blocks from the San Francisco Bay and runs west through the city to finish at Ocean Beach.  The complete course is 7.46 miles long and registrants for the race were capped at 50,000 people. 
The WBRC Bay to Breakers Team, from left to right; Richard Wing, Don Vu,
Summer Beasley-Hoffman, Dan Nakamura, and Brian Higgins
The WBRC staff team members worked for months to prepare for the race; meeting to encourage each other and often training together.  Two of the WBRC staff participants also have vision impairments.  One of these members worked together with another staff member to navigate throughout the course using human guide.  The WBRC staff team consisted of Richard Wing, WBRC RN Manager; Don Vu, WBRC Admissions Coordinator; Summer Beasley-Hoffman, WBRC Orientation and Mobility Specialist; Dan Nakamura, WBRC CNVR Therapist;  and Brian Higgins, WBRC CATs Supervisor.  Simone Schlick, WBRC Social Worker, also trained with the team however was unfortunately not able to participate on the day of the race.

We also heard from a WBRC Alumni who completed the race for the first time this year while working with a partner using a tether.  He stated that he and his partner ran the entire 7.46 mile race and finished with good time.  He was so pleased with his experience that he is planning to continue the sport of running and compete in future races. 

Congratulations to our WBRC staff members and alumni for completing the 100th annual Bay to Breakers race.

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