Gump’s to display historic Bay to Breakers Trophy

A Celebration of Historic San Francisco – 100 year old Bay to Breakers trophy showcased at 150 year old Gump’s

The final countdown to the 100th running of the Zazzle Bay to Breakers is being kicked off by a San Francisco icon — Gump’s San Francisco which will showcase the original 1912 Bay to Breakers trophy for the week leading up to the centennial running on Sunday, May 15.

The Bay to Breakers race, originally known as the Cross City Race, was first held on Jan. 1, 1912 with 186 runners. The winner of the inaugural race, Robert Jackson “Bobby” Vlught, received a hand-engraved trophy to mark his achievement. This historic part of the City’s history was returned by Vlught’s grandson, Bob Burnett, earlier this year.

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This year marks a period full of San Francisco history. In addition to the 100th running of the Zazzle Bay to Breakers, Gump’s recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Gump’s was founded in 1861, and today offers a collection of unusual, exclusive, and high-quality merchandise reflective of the style and sensibility of San Francisco.

WE’RE SERIOUS ABOUT BAY TO BREAKERS THIS YEAR

“We are thrilled at the iconic pairing,” said Bay to Breakers general manager Angela Fang. “It is fitting that this trophy should return to its home in San Francisco and be showcased at one of the businesses that survived the 1906 earthquake and has flourished in the same way as Bay to Breakers; both of which have developed into iconic San Francisco names due to the love and admiration of the City and its patrons.”

Over the years, thousands of San Franciscans and visitors alike join together to run, walk and observe the Bay to Breakers; a race that is one of the oldest and most unique footraces in the world. This year, 55,000 participants will compete in the 100th Zazzle Bay to Breakers. More than 100,000 spectators are expected.

By returning the trophy back to San Francisco, residents and participants are reminded of the history of Bay to Breakers, thus instilling a sense of ownership in the City and a drive to preserve the race for what it has been for a century: a lively, exciting footrace that brings San Franciscans together through competition, fitness and fun.

The trophy will be available for viewing between Friday, May 6, and Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Gump’s is located at 135 Post St., San Francisco.

See Related: Bay to Breakers Centennial Race on course to sell out – Unprecedented number of early registrants means race registration will close soon

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