HBS Reunion 2009

Posted in Family & Friends, Friends on May 26, 2009 by Dave Liu

Reflections on HBS Class of 1999, Section J. Great times and great friends!

Arthur & Jini’s Wedding

Posted in Family & Friends, In-Laws, Weddings with tags , , , , , , , on July 27, 2008 by Dave Liu

We had a great weekend in San Francisco Bay Area with Arthur, Jini and the rest of the family.  In addition we had an opportunity to enjoy Segway racing on Angel Island, sourdough at Boudin Bakery and Chinese cookies in Chinatown!

Ryan’s Baptism Weekend

Posted in In-Laws on July 13, 2008 by Dave Liu

4th of July Fun Run

Posted in Running with tags , , on July 4, 2008 by Dave Liu

I recently ran the 33rd Annual 4th of July Fun Run in Redwood City, CA. Boy am I out of shape!

Jesse and Audrey’s Wedding

Posted in Friends, Weddings on June 16, 2007 by Dave Liu

I had the great pleasure of seeing a good friend and past co-worker, Jesse Selnick, get married to a wonderful woman, Audrey, on a balmy day in Rye, New York.  Below are some pictures from the wedding.

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Bay to Breakers

Posted in Family & Friends, Running with tags , , , on May 20, 2007 by Dave Liu

Today my wife and I ran the Bay to Breakers. This is an annual footrace which takes place in San Francisco, California. The name reflects the fact that the race runs from the northeast end of the downtown area near The Embarcadero (the Bay side of the city) to the west end of the city and Ocean Beach (the ocean breakers near the finish line on the Pacific coast). The race is 7.46 miles (12 kilometers) long.The course begins at the northeast end and runs southwest through downtown just south of Market Street. The first mile of the race is so crowded that many participants must walk it.

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It then turns west along Hayes Street and up Hayes Street Hill near Alamo Square. This is the only major incline in the surprisingly flat (considering it runs through San Francisco) race. After the hill, the race runs along the panhandle and then west through Golden Gate Park, past the Conservatory of Flowers, all the way to Great Highway and Ocean Beach.

Started in 1912 as a way to lift the city’s spirits after the disastrous 1906 San Francisco earthquake, it is the longest consecutively running footrace in the world (other races’ courses and lengths have changed over time). During World War II participation sometimes slipped below 50 registrants, but the tradition carried on and the race now also holds the Guinness World Record for the highest participation footrace with 110,000 runners in 1986. This record number was partly the product of the running fad of the 1980s; more recently the average participation is between 70,000 and 80,000. The San Francisco Examiner annually publishes a list of the first 10,000 finishers the day after the race.

Large numbers of participants walk the route behind the runners. Many participants dress in elaborate costumes or, though not technically allowed, wear nothing at all, thus lending a party atmosphere to the event. Bay to Breakers is also the world’s premiere event for “centipede racers.” Competiting teams in the centipede race must consist of a minimum of 13 runners tethered together, usually in some artistic fashion. I’ve included a couple of pictures of an ”Salmon” centipede.

An additional runner, a floater, usually the team captain, is allowed to run along untethered to pace the team or substitute for drop out runner. Despite the novelty, the centipede race is very competitive. The centipede winners used to have better finishing records than the women’s division until just a decade ago.

The route is typically dotted with various local bands performing. At the end of the race is Footstock, a gathering where tired participants can enjoy a performance by a nationally known acts. I have some pictures of us from this year (2007) and prior years (2003 and 2002.

James and Karen’s Wedding

Posted in Siblings, Weddings on July 15, 2006 by Dave Liu

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