Each year around 75,000 runners take to the streets for the Bay to Breakers Race. Following a 12km (7.5 mile) route, participants make their way along a course that begins at the San Francisco Bay piers, heads through the city and ends at the breakers of the Pacific Ocean. The origins of the event dates back to the devastating earthquake that hit the city on 18 April 1906. It destroyed much of the city so locals rallied round to rebuild both the city itself and the morale of the people by holding community events. One such event was a cross city race which was first held in 1912 which has evolved over the years and not goes under the name of the popular Bay to Breakers Race.
Born in the United States, Michael Morrissey was initially drawn to Paris in the early 1970’s. Trekking to Katmandu, he found himself driving the Magic Bus with an increasing involvement in photography as a way of capturing, in an instant, that which could never be explained in words. As a landscape architect, and master-of many-trades, Michael lived and worked in Brunei, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand and Japan, where he co-founded Refugees International. In Thailand he worked with the UNHCR developing refugee camps. After creating several real estate management companies based in Bangkok, Mike focused his passions: travel and photography. An inveterate global traveler with a penchant for discovering off- the-beaten paths, he has experienced moments of terror and peace, sadness touched by joy, acquiring a deep awareness of the connectedness present among all people and cultures and a deep respect for the poignant, majestic yet fragile natural world.
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