This is my second running of the Santa Anita Derby Day 5K - usually in week 1 April at the historic Santa Anita Racetrack in beautiful Arcadia, CA.
This race is run on the morning of the Santa Anita Derby - a HUGE event in the world of horse racing. In addition to the bugler belting out the "call to the post", runners start through an actual Starting Gate and race down a wide path across Baldwin and into the scenic, peaceful, and picturesque LA Arboretum. After over a mile of winding through the flora and fauna, you exit into the stable area of Santa Anita. Crossing the terrain where the great California Chrome and other legendary horses once trod, you traverse the back stretch (aka the North Parking Lot) before entering the tunnel and emerging onto the infield. One of the highlights is crossing onto the interior practice track where you finish off the final furlongs on the clay-like surface of this majestic race course.
Overall a fantastic run. The swag is first rate complete with a beer garden, an actual medal (this year's included a bottle opener - sweet!), a $5 tech tee, a bonus cotton tee, entrance to the races for the day and even a pair of free clubhouse passes for later in the season. Tons of value for your racing dollar! Also races for they youngsters so be sure to pick up some spectator passes at the expo so your family can enter the infield and cheer on your majestic finish.