What a fun race!
Put on by Generic Events (Disclosure reminder: I am one of their Ambassadors!), it was a well-run event by all definitions. Even the potentially confusing parking situation was a breeze with the strategically placed "Event This Way!" signs. And at 6:30 am they sure were helpful for this groggy runner. There was one opportunity for a pre-race bib pick up in downtown LA the weekend prior, but I opted for arriving early and grabbing mine on race morning. The staff was very helpful and bib pick up was a breeze. Next up was shirt pick up, and again, no problems. I did hear in some pre-race announcements they were doing a rush delivery of more shirts, so it sounds like they might have run out of some sizes but were trying to get those squared away.
And then began the waiting. With an hour to kill, I had time to browse the altars and appreciate the love that families put into celebrating the lives of their loved ones. Some of the little shops in the area were just opening up, and the tamale vendors were making me hungry when I would pass by. The event MC's were doing a good job of waking folks up, getting people energized and even broke into some Zumba for a pre-race warm-up. The corral was PACKED as more and more people started anticipating the start. And just like that, it was time to start.
This was the first time I've not looked at a course map prior to a race. I suppose mentally a 5k is more relaxed for me, so I wasn't too concerned with the route. And with a few thousand friends running, I could just follow the crowd.
The route was good - an out and back, with the slight hill as the turnaround. This particular bridge seems to be a common race participant - I've run at least two other races downtown that also used that bridge as a turning point.
And back to the finish line! The finish line volunteers were prompt - passing out medals, waters, and snacks as runners came across. The vendors were still handing out goodies in the plaza, and there would be an awards ceremony taking place shortly with additional Dia de los Muertos festivities taking place later in the day. Unfortunately, I needed to get on with my day, so I found my way back to the parking garage and headed home. I was hoping to find one of those tamale vendors to grab a snack, but sadly, none to be found
If you're in the Los Angeles area next year, definitely check out the Carrera de los Muertos! It's a great way to spend a morning and take in one of the most historic areas in town.
And, if you're looking for something to do Thanksgiving morning, Generic Events has TWO Turkey Trot events - one in DTLA and a trail run in Topanga. I've done the DTLA run and it's a LOT of fun and a perfect way to start your holiday! The Topanga trail run gives you some more options, so be sure to check them both out.
Remember - if you're interested in either race (DTLA or Topanga) I can hook you up with a discount code. Just message me via the "About" page, or via social media and I'll get one over to you!