Hopped on 1 of the pre-race shuttles outside the Los Angeles Convention Center to the start area. The race is a point to point one, starting in Griffith Park.
|I didn't miss the bus. :)|
Ran into a fellow Half Marathon Crazy.
|Dave and Me|
Corrals - Not bad. I got in and didn't feel squished or trampled over.
The Start - Wave starts. It was about 1-2 minutes wait per wave to prevent crowding on the course.
|Getting closer to The Start.|
|LA Zoo. Hopefully, no dangerous animals on the loose.|
Mile 4 - My legs didn't feel as tired, but I noticed I was "stuck" with Mr. Spitter. Gross!
Mile 5 - The Salt Packet Mile. At first from a distance, I thought it was confetti on the ground up ahead. When I got closer, I realized someone must have spilled a large commercial bag of salt packets.
Still stuck with Mr. Spitter. He is still spitting now and then. I have no idea why anyone would keep on spitting that often.
Mile 6 - Long up hill slog up an over the Hyperion Ave bridge, I believe. At the bottom of the hill, there were some taiko drummers.
Mile 8 - The hills just kept on coming. At one point, we turned off Silver Lake and onto W. Sunset Bouvlevard.
Mile 9 - It started out up hill. We then made it to Echo Park Lake.
|Echo Park Lake.|
|It's a giant Brooks guitar dude.|
Mile 11 - Getting closer to downtown.
|Going downhill towards downtown LA.|
Mile 13 - Finally!!!
|The red carpet Finish.|
- Gamin failed. I had checked its charge the night before. It was fine. I try to turn it on this morning. It wouldn't turn on.
- Chip: 2:50:44 (Odd as it sounds: When I was wogging along, this event felt like the Nike Women's Half Marathon I did just last week. Sure enough, I finished within 1 minute of the time I had finished at the NWM 1/2.)
- Calories: 1,500 estimated gross calories
Another well done RnR event.
The event was hillier than I had expected.
Yes, except to those that don't like hills.
Would I do this one again?
Yes. But, it's not high on my list of redo events.
Concert Headliner: Neon Trees played at the Nokia Theater / LA Live Plaza just across the Staples Center. I briefly passed thru. The music wasn't bad. I wished I could have stayed a bit longer.
|Neon Trees perform outside at the Nokia Theater / LA Live Plaza.|
A BIG thanks to the awesome and hardworking volunteers. Thank you!!!