The annual Los Angeles Marathon is the only time of year when 26-miles of continuous LA streets are closed off to cars - from the East to the Beach. In recent years, an unofficial cycling race, led by Wolfpack Hustle, has taken over pre-dawn marathon course, hours before any runners have even started the race. Police officially close off the streets to vehicles at 4:30AM. That’s when it begins.
I have been yearning to do the race for the past 2 years. The first year, rain thwarted my plans. And last year, I chauffeured my parents around who had come into town to watch my brother, Byron, run the marathon. This year, I joined the Echo Park Bike Posse & Bodacious Bike Babes in racing from Echo Park, through Downtown LA, and west out to Santa Monica, all before sunrise.
First Street & Grand Ave. _ Downtown LA
Glendale Blvd. & Echo Park Lake _ Echo Park
The Pantages Theater _ Hollywood
The Bennetts _ Santa Monica
Venice Bike Trail _ Venice Beach
The secret garden after-party @ Nathan’s.