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Rock N Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon

October 26, 2014 · Los Angeles, CA

Distance: 13.1 miles

It’s time to lace up those running shoes and pull out your favorite Halloween costume! Enjoy racing in the beautiful autumn sunshine and feel the rhythm of rockin’ bands every mile. Be part of the  World’s Largest Halloween Half Marathon and enjoy a tour of the star-studded city and spectacular Red Carpet finish at L.A. Live.

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Submitted by AllisonHoban

October 30, 2013

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This was my first Rock ‘N Roll race (but my 15th half) and it was a really nice race experience.

Pre-Race: The expo was well laid out and had more free stuff than I’ve ever gotten at a race expo before. I felt like I was trick-or-treating for mini protein bars. I agree with other reviewers – don’t pay so much to park! I found a meter a couple blocks away and paid $1 for 1 hour.

Course: A little boring, but I’m spoiled by all the SoCal oceanside courses. The LA Coliseum and the couple hills added some interest, and the costumed runners meant that I was never bored. My favorite part was the 2nd Street tunnel. Even though it made me lose satellites (I’m assuming this is why my Garmin measured the course long – 13.42) they were pumping some loud, upbeat music through the tunnel which was awesome and made me pick up the pace!

Post-Race: Tons of food/drink (mini Jamba Juices FTW). I didn’t hit up the beer tent or the post-race concert, though. One tip – pre-plan a meeting place with your group! I’m used to small races where my husband can find parking, and then find me at the finish, and since I didn’t bring my phone we had a little trouble finding each other. (Thank you to the runner who let me use his iPhone so I could find my husband!).

Overall: a fun race. I think big races like this are especially great for first-timers. RnR is good about giving instructions, making sure you have lots of pics, and giving you a good experience.

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Submitted by Serg26.2

October 29, 2013

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I have run Rock n Roll Los Angeles since the inaugural race in 2010. It gets better every year from the pre-race expo, atmosphere on race day, as well as the pre-race and post race organization. Like Scott wrote, my Garmin also registered this course as long. I wrote it off to the 2nd Street tunnel that we ran through, twice. I lost signal both times and thought this may have caused my Garmin to register an incorrect distance. I also used the Metro to travel downtown from Union Station. I took the Red Line and then transferred to the Blue Line at the 7th and Metro Station. The Blue Line dropped me off at Flower and Pico, just two blocks from the Start/Finish area. Taking the Metro saved me $20 bucks in parking, which is what I paid last year when I elected to park in one of the lots near L.A. Live.
The weather in Los Angeles this time of year is always perfect running/race weather. I also like the atmosphere with all the costumed characters in the race. It definitely makes this race fun, since the course itself is not the most scenic, unless you like the sights of downtown L.A.
All in all, I would recommend this race to others. I will be back next year for #5!

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Submitted by Serg26.2

October 29, 2013

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I have run Rock n Roll Los Angeles since the inaugural race in 2010. It gets better every year from the pre-race expo, atmosphere on race day, as well as the pre-race and post race organization. Like Scott wrote, my Garmin also registered this course as long. I wrote it off to the 2nd Street tunnel that we ran through, twice. I lost signal both times and thought this may have caused my Garmin to register an incorrect distance. I also used the Metro to travel downtown from Union Station. I took the Red Line and then transferred to the Blue Line at the 7th and Metro Station. The Blue Line dropped me off at Flower and Pico, just two blocks from the Start/Finish area. Taking the Metro saved me $20 bucks in parking, which is what I paid last year when I elected to park in one of the lots near L.A. Live.
The weather in Los Angeles this time of year is always perfect running/race weather. I also like the atmosphere with all the costumed characters in the race. It definitely makes this race fun, since the course itself is not the most scenic, unless you like the sights of downtown L.A.
All in all, I would recommend this race to others. I will be back next year for #5!

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Submitted by Scott Devine

October 29, 2013

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The LA Rock ‘n’ Roll series hosted its 4th annual race this past weekend in downtown LA, featuring a Half-marathon and Mini-marathon (3.5 mile untimed run). Taking place on Halloween weekend, the race definitely brought out some wonderful costumes. I saw everything from a guy riding an ostrich, to several participants of Mario Kart and a plethora of superheroes (DC and Marvel). My hat is off to the lady sporting the Milla Jovovich “Leeloo” tape outfit from THE FIFTH ELEMENT…beware of chafing. The officials said there were 13,000 people running, although according to results board the half marathon had about 7300 finishers. The weather was overcast, but not too cold…actually really good running conditions. Here’s my review about the race’s various components…enjoy!

REGISTRATION/PACKET PICK-UP- The Rock ‘n’ Roll series races tend to be a little pricier than local races, but that extra cost typically shows in the good organization of the race (Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll 2011 being a horrible exception). So, save yourself some bucks and register early…or you can wait and on the 13th of each month they typically have a $13 discount on Facebook (Like ‘em and tell ‘em Scott sent you). The packet pick-up was located at the LA Convention Center on Friday and Saturday (typically no race day registration) and was easy to navigate. Your swag came in a re-usable orange backpack/bag (Halloween colors y’all) and there were plenty of vendors to get your fill of running gear and free samples. One bit of advice, save your $15 for Convention parking and look for street parking. I found a meter 5 blocks away and spent a measly $2…and then used the savings to drop $10 on an overpriced LA Rock ‘n’ Roll logo beer glass.

TRANSPORTATION/PARKING- Since the race was located in downtown LA, there were plenty of parking options available…from LA Live, to the convention center to other lots in the city. Rates were anywhere from $10-$20 depending on where you choose to park. I decided to go the Metro Rail route, parking at Universal City and for the cost of a $5 day pass ($6 if you need to buy a TAP card) took an easy trip on the Red Line that let me off blocks from the start line.

T-SHIRT/MEDALS- Rock ‘n’ Roll knows how to do their bling. While I was expecting a black-colored shirt (it was Halloween weekend after all), the blue shirt certainly didn’t disappoint, sporting a very cool “skull” themed logo. The finisher’s medal was equally well designed (had some real heft to it) also showing off the skull logo. And those who run multiple Rock ‘n’ Roll races in a single calendar year get additional medals. It’s a win/win as the company gets more racers and in turn the runners get a little additional bling for their loyalty.

COURSE*- The course was a back & forth route starting at the Staples Center and traversing the streets of downtown LA. It featured a loop around the LA Coliseum before heading back near the start line and traveling north, through the 2nd Street tunnel, traversing Figueroa and Flower before heading east and over the famed 6th Street bridge. Then it was a turnaround at the end of the bridge (just before a rock stage) and back to the finish line, right near where you started. The course was mostly flat with a few exceptions (around mile 6 and of course the bridge). I’m typically not a big fan of back & forth routes (running in one direction while you see other runners going in the opposite direction) but there were so many costumes, I didn’t mind. One thing worth noting for you GPS wearers…you will lose your satellite connection each time you go through the 2nd Street tunnel.

*NOTE: Here is my lone big complaint with the race. It seems like the course itself was not measured properly and was actually longer than 13.1 miles (at least an extra .1 mile). I typically run tangents and don’t swerve, so I add very little distance to my race (usually no more than .1 miles for a half marathon). For some reason, around mile 10 we suddenly seemed to be a full .15 miles off. My end GPS had the race listed at 13.35 miles. I checked this out with at least a dozen other veteran runners and they all had the same results and concerns. LA Rock ‘n’ Roll should check this out.

COURSE SERVICES- Thumbs up to LA Rock ‘n’ Roll for the abundance of porta potties (and plenty near the starting line)…other races could learn from you. The course was very well marked and had plenty of support staff. Water stops were every mile with Gatorade every other mile. I know some people were initially concerned with the water tanks/hoses they used to fill the cups (sanitary reasons), but I never saw a shortage of water nor heard of any problems during or after the race. I also like that they had a table at one point in the middle of the race with salt packets (something many runners overlook…don’t mess with hyponatremia). Oh, and since it’s a “Rock ‘n’ Roll” race, the course is lined with numerous local bands belting out high energy tunes.

FINISH LINE SERVICES/POST PARTY- The Rock ‘n’ Roll series also knows how to wrap up a race. After getting your medal and obligatory “finisher photo” taken, we were shuffled off to the vendors for some much needed post-race goodies. From water, to fruit, carbs, chocolate milk and Gatorade there was plenty to quench your thirst…my favorite were the little Jamba Juice samplers…they really hit the spot. Two things of note were missing. The first is Mylar blankets…once you hit October, things could get cold so a Mylar wrap would have been a nice touch. The other is a more personal gripe. Nothing minimizes the joy of post race snackage than not having a bag to put your food in. I asked officials and they said “Well, that keeps people from taking too much stuff.” Really? I’ve been at plenty of races that give out bags or have the snacks pre-wrapped in a bag. My final solution, I went to the souvenir tent and bought a luggage tag for $6 just so I could get a bag (they wouldn’t give me one without a purchase, I asked). I would have liked my free Ultra beer, but there were too many other thirsty people to warrant the long wait outside the beer area and I didn’t bring my ID (another thing that could be handled a little better). The post party was enjoyable as Cracker was the headline band on the stage outside LA Live. I would have stayed for their whole set but I was sweaty, a little cold and had a Metro Rail to catch.

All nitpicky gripes aside (except for the distance thing), the LA Rock ‘n’ Roll is a really well put together race and a worthy addition to any half marathoner’s race schedule.

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Submitted by eddied26.2

April 3, 2012

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I ran this race in 2010 to pace a friend. It was super convenient for me since I already live in Downtown LA and the finish line was at LA Live. The Start of the race was at Griffith Park so I took the bus there. No issues at the start, Music at the start but nothing too crazy!

The route had the opportunity to be better, but there were some points where we ran though very “dead’ sections meaning, not only no crowd support but nothing to see either. Some parts of were nice other part of the race were just so so. There were a few out and backs here and there, Griffith Park and Echo Park were nice as was finishing downtown but much of the course left something to be desired. The route was hillier than was expected but nothing too crazy.

The post race festivities were outstanding! Concerts, beers, etc. plus your right there at LA Live with plenty of food and entertainment options for post race!

I think this race can easily be an A race but the course has to be improved. Many runners remember the City Of Angels half marathon very fondly, and this is the race that has replaced it. Competitor group needs to show people why having them take over was a good thing.

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Submitted by firenurse03

February 29, 2012

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A pretty fun race and very organized and one of the most fun half marathon in the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series. Great Expo with lots of vendors and great running gear! Sampling of the MGD 64 was interesting. Packet pick-up was a breeze though don’t park inside the convention center and pay the parking fee. Park across the street where it’s free. The course itself was okay. It was interesting to go through downtown L.A. though there was almost a fight breaking out while we were running on the course. However, there were so many cops everywhere that I didn’t feel unsafe at all. Running through the Coliseum and through the tunnel was great, and the view of the L.A. skyline running down the bridge was quite breathtaking! I’ve never seen L.A. the way I did that day before! The post-race concert was great (it was Bret Michaels) and the beer garden was okay. As like the other RNR races I’ve run, they gave plenty of food and drinks at the finish line, plenty of water stations & aid stations as well! Love how they also gave out GU’s right around mile 9 and 10. That’s always a plus! Love the band at every mile, too!! Could use a better looking course, but it was still an interesting one! A fun race overall and will run it again. However, make sure to get there early before the road blocks. It was frustrating trying to find my way to L.A. Live once the roads were blocked and none of the cops would tell you the correct way to go to avoid the road blocks!! Ended up having to pay $20 to park at a nearby lot that looked a bit sketchy! Fortunately, my car was still in one piece by the time I finished the race. Remember where you park bc it can get really confusing in downtown L.A.! My advice to definitely get there early in order to park inside the parking garage at L.A. Live and make it easier for yourself!

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Submitted by crystal

February 29, 2012

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This review is for the Inaugural Rock n Roll Los Angeles half marathon that took place in 2010. I had heard horror stories of Rock n Roll Inaugural events, so I went into this race with a bit of skepticism. As it turned out, I need not have worried. In 2010, this race was a point to point race, starting at Griffith Park and ending at LA Live. Parking was available at the LA convention center, and it was a short walk to LA Live, where we had to take buses to the start at Griffith Park. It was a 15 minute ride to Griffith Park, and we had to hike up a small hill to get to the UPS gear drop off trucks. Port a potties were plenty along the corrals and we did not have to wait long. The corrals were not really monitored, so you did not necessarily have to go to your own corral.
Race start went smoothly, and we were off through Griffith Park. The course was pleasant despite a few hills, and I enjoyed the live music throughout the race. Running the final leg through downtown LA was great! I did not stay to enjoy the post-race festivities, but it looked like it was well set-up.
I thought this was a very well run inaugural race, especially for Rock n Roll. I liked the point to point course, and did not mind the buses. In 2011 they switched to a loop course that just did not look as exciting, although I did not run it so I can not say for sure.
In 2010, they had unisex tech shirts, but in 2011 they had gender specific ones! Rock on!