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REVIEW: LA ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALF MARATHON ’14

RACE: Los Angeles Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon

DATE: October 26, 2014

LOCATION: Downtown Los Angeles

DISTANCES: Half Marathon/5K

START TIME: 7:00am

WEATHER AT START: 61°/ Partly Cloudy

FINISHERS: 7762 (Half Marathon)/ 1264 (5K)

This year marked the 5th running of the LA Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon as thousands of costume-clad Angelenos lined the streets near the Staples Center for a pre-Halloween romp through the city streets. Read the rest of this entry

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LA ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HALF MARATHON EXPERIENCE: EXPO TO GO

Hi Trippers… or should I say “boo”!

Halloween may not be until next Friday, but I’ll be running scary (and wearing pumpkin orange…just the color, not actually dressing up as a pumpkin) this Sunday for the LA Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.

I spent Friday afternoon walking through the expo at the LA Convention Center gathering my bib, tech shirt (ugh, it’s a white shirt) and some various running swag. A fun time, as always.

Just a few photo highlights for you to peruse:

We’re looking at good running weather for Sunday morning… 60 degrees and partly cloudy as we all scamper past the Staples Center, loop around the Colosseum and run through the streets of downtown LA.

Have a great weekend and a “post mortem” will be coming on Sunday to let you know how things go.

Run on!

“I MISSED THE BIG 5-0!” (AKA SLAYING MY 51st DRAGON)

Yesterday I was doing some housekeeping work on Tripping The Kenyans.

I took a look at the page that listed my past races, starting with what I consider my first “official” race in this crazy campaign of mine (The Nike Human Race 10K on August 31st, 2008).

A quick glance at the numbers and I made a startling realization. Something I’d completely overlooked.

The first 50.

The first 50.

The Long Beach Half Marathon on October 12th was my 50th race.

I accidentally missed my “Big Five Oh.”

And as someone who likes to acknowledge milestones, I’m a little bummed I dropped the ball on that one.

I think of all of the “Golden anniversary” or “Over the hill” bad running jokes I could have made.

Bummer.

Consider yourselves lucky that you were spared the full brunt of my “puntastic” sense of humor. Read the rest of this entry

PICK AND CHOOSE…

Make up your mind, will ya'!

Make up your mind, will ya’!

Democracy is a wonderful thing.

Who doesn’t love that whole “Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness” deal?

We get the right to bear arms and arm bears (or something like that).

And we get to vote.

To decide the President of the United States.

To decide the winner of American Idol.

…And now to decide on the style and color of our race medals and shirts.

I’m sure this is exactly what the founding fathers had in mind when they told England to “Suck it” back in 1776.

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