New Year's Race

New Year's Race

New Year's Race

( 8 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Los Angeles,
    California,
    United States
  • January
  • 3 miles/5K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Mark Villalovos

California, United States
11 8
2014
"Ahhhh...Running through traffic-free LA Streets"
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Mark Villalovos's thoughts:

LA is a tough place to run. Lots of great scenery, but traffic is always a hassle. Not so on this evening. The Race begins in Downtown LA - my wife and son agreed to drop me off by the start and catch a movie at LA Live - so the car would be near the finish line.
Both 5K and Half Marathon begin at the same time, so the first corral is filled with young, lightning quick Cross Country runners and this causes a bit of congestion.
The run begins after sundown, but the course well lit, well signed, and a combo of flat with some rolling hills, although nothing super difficult. Law enforcement is holding traffic at bay and directing you over the course. After you exit downtown, you make your way toward Chinatown (with the ceremonial drums pounding) and across to Elysian Park. There is a point where you leave city streets and run on a trail - this is a welcome diversion and running in the (rare) fresh air in LA is invigorating. The highlight of this race is running through Dodger Stadium - you enter through the gate out in Left Field and circumnavigate the field on the outer dirt/warning track. Lights are flashing, music is pumping through the massive sound system. I tested my Yasiel Puig leap when I reached the Center Field Wall and could almost hear the Vin Scully call, "It's tiiiiiime for Dodger Baseball!" Being a long-time Dodger fan, I left this part of the course feeling pumped and reinvigorated.
The rest of the course is largely downhill - back to Downtown and the bright lights of the finish area.
My second fave part of this race was the post-race celebration. Excellent beer and some great camaraderie with fellow finishers.
Where they could be more effective:
- Expo was tough to find parking for, was cramped and seemed a bit disorganized
- Really did not like the white hoodie with the logo - this seemed inappropriate as race wear and has never been worn.
Overall, it was a great course through streets normally choked with traffic. If you train, I would recommend this race as a great New Year's Resolution.

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