SAN FRANCISCO -- The city's Municipal Transportation Agency is preparing for a traffic nightmare when San Francisco holds the popular Bay to Breakers running event and the start of the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California a week from Sunday.

"It is going to be a crazy Sunday," said Kristin Bachochin, a senior vice president of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), which runs both events. "They won't impact each other, but there are going to a lot of people in the city that day."

Bay to Breakers, a 7.46-mile run expected to draw more than 70,000 participants, begins at 7 a.m. at Howard and Beale streets. It ends at the western edge of Golden Gate Park.

The Tour of California professional cycling event is scheduled to start at the Marina Green at 8:15 a.m. and could attract thousands of spectators. The tour stage is starting earlier than usual because of scheduling demands of NBC, which is broadcasting the event live.

Streets around the Bay to Breakers course will be closed to traffic the night before making the commute tough on cycling spectators traveling from the south.

The Municipal Transportation Agency recommends these options to get to the Marina Green from south of San Francisco:

  • Take Highway 101 north to Van Ness Avenue and Lombard Street, then to Marina Boulevard.


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  • Take Highway 280 north to King Street and the Embarcadero. Turn left on Bay or North Point streets to get to the Marina Green.

    "They try to keep the Embarcadero open at all times, but that doesn't always happen," agency spokesman Paul Rose said in an email.

    However, Bachochin said AEG expects a smooth day after coordinating the events.

    "We wanted to capitalize on overall exposure with everything we're doing in the city that day," she said. "We're working with each other to make sure neither one is impacted."

    Contact Elliott Almond at 408-920-5865. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/elliottalmond.