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Sobriety comes to Bay to Breakers race in Calif.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A handful of Elvises, some nudists and others donning salmon costumes were among those who turned out to party Sunday during the centennial Bay to Breakers footrace, despite a new zero-tolerance alcohol policy.

Moroccan Ridouane Harroufi won the annual race — a 7.46-mile run from the city's Embarcadero neighborhood to the sea. Kenyan Lineth Chepkurui won for the women.

Over the years, Bay to Breakers has become more famous for its spectators' bacchanalian spirit than for its competitors. Racers turn out in proper athletic gear, as well as creative costumes. This year, some ran the route backward.

For its 100th anniversary, organizers and police vowed to crack down on excessive drinking, banning floats that often housed many kegs of beer and starting the race earlier.

Officials said the tougher rules on drinking were needed after a noticeable increase in alcohol-related ambulance requests and nuisance crimes like public urination.

In previous years, the city turned a blind eye to liquor-filled water bottles, and the floats.

The tactic this year seemed to work, with most participants and spectators admitting it was a more mellow race.

"I don't think there was as much urinating this year from what I've seen so far," resident Matt Darling told KGO-TV. "This is awesome, this is what it's about. Then we come back and just watch the chaos happen."

Police told the TV station that this year's race was less rowdy than previous years. They made 25 arrests, mostly for public drunkenness, and at least two floats were forced to leave the route.

Police also say one man suffered life-threatening injuries after falling 30 feet from the roof of a house near the race course.

Revelers turned out despite the crackdown, and someone set up a Twitter feed to help them dodge police check points. Officers along the route confiscated open cans of beer and other alcohol, dumping them on the spot.

Open containers of alcohol are illegal in the city.

Ricky Ho, 25, who drank as he participated last year, carried only water this year and finished the race in a few hours.

Ho told the San Francisco Chronicle that last year was more fun.

"Last year there were a lot more naked people and a lot more drunk people," he said.

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