Hordes of Mumbaikars will hit the streets (almost 16,000 in number!) as they sweat it out for the Mumbai Half Marathon this Sunday (30th September). The energy and vibe of the race day is infectious and almost palpable, from a dynamic city like Mumbai – you wouldn’t expect less! In fact, this year witnessed an increase in the number of runners from the previous year indicating the rising awareness of a much needed fit and healthy lifestyle. The popularity of marathons has spread across geographies and ‘marathon travels’ are visibly garnering increased interest from legions of fitness enthusiasts, both young and the elderly from around the world including India. Also Read - US Woman Wears Bikini Made of Masks to Protest Against COVID-19 Restrictions, Slammed Online
Topping the bucket list for marathon vacationers is the City of Angeles – Los Angeles. It has one of the most spectacular marathon courses in the world, taking runners through some of L.A.’s most historic and beautiful neighborhoods. One of the four largest marathons in the U.S. and one of the top 10 worldwide, “The Stadium to the Sea” 26 mile course has more than 24,000 runners from all 50 states and 63 countries participate in the race. Also Read - YouTuber Leaves Handwritten Note After Scratching Neighbour's Car, Resident's Response is Winning Hearts
Pull up your socks, lace your shoes as you take a run along the most spectacular landmarks and attractions in the City of Angels: Also Read - Trending News Today March 02, 2020: Oprah Winfrey's Stage Fall Makes Her Pull a Michelle Obama, Cracks up Fans With 'Meme' Comparison
For all the baseball fanatics!! Dodger Stadium is the home field of the Los Angeles Dodgers and one of the true cathedrals of Major League Baseball. It is the starting point for the marathon and an experience in itself. Through the decades, the stadium has seen Hall of Famers and World Champions. The stadium is a popular venue for festivals and outdoor concerts.
Mile 2 of the marathon takes the runners near the popular Olvera Street. Known as the “birthplace of Los Angeles,” Olvera Street showcases tree-lined walkways, historic structures, and a Mexican marketplace with restaurants, cafes, gift shops and street vendors. While you’re there, do not forget to enjoy great Mexican food, hear mariachi music and dance to Mexican folkloric. Also, this can be a great place to shop for the near and dear ones back home and collect some handcrafted souvenirs’!
Los Angeles City Hall
The marathon goes through Downtown Los Angeles and runs adjacent to Los Angeles City Hall through the 3rd mile. The iconic city hall building, since 1928, towers over the City of Angels and serves as a monument to its era. It is one of the most prominent landmarks in Los Angeles and has been featured in films and television shows such as Adventures of Superman, Gangster Squad to name a few.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
4th Mile of the marathon brings music lovers near the Walt Disney Concert Hall. This world-famous concert hall and music center is known for its striking exterior with curves resembling flailing sheets of music and its state-of-the-art auditorium. You can experience an evening of classical music at The Walt Disney Concert Hall which hoses Los Angeles Philharmonic, an American orchestra based in Los Angeles.
Echo Park Lake
Mile 6 of the marathon takes runners through the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and alongside the famous Echo Park Lake. It is a man-made lake with a beautiful towering fountain which beckons visitors to ride the paddle boats among lotus flowers and stroll along its vibrant perimeter. Canopiedwalkways, a cafe, and scenic views of the lake makes Echo Park a pleasant and a relaxing place to visit.
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Runners have the chance of running on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, on mile 10 of the marathon. The Walk of Fame honors celebrities in film, television, music and other media with over 2,500 brass and terrazzo stars placed in the sidewalk of Hollywood Boulevard. Take a pit stop to find your favorite celebrity’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Westfield Century City
The runners pass by the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles during the 17th Mile. The main attraction here is the Westfield Century City – an upscale mall with several high-end stores such as Bloomingdale’s, Sephora, Tiffany & Co., fabulous dining options such as Petros and Toscanova, and entertainment for every age.
Mile 19 of the marathon passes through Westwood Village. The Westwood Village, is a walkable historic commercial district which includes cultural attractions like the Hammer Museum, the acclaimed Geffen Playhouse and Fox Theater, a landmark movie palace that regularly hosts splashy premieres. The Museum has a huge collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, including works from Rembrandt, Moreau, and Van Gogh. It also showcases contemporary art, graphic art and sculpture. A paradise for the art lovers and seekers!!
Griffith Park in Los Angeles is also one of the most popular spots for Marathons in LA and observes various Marathons around the year. It is one of the most beloved places in LA and surrounds itself with great locations such as the Griffith Observatory, view to the world famous Hollywood Sign, Greek Theatre and much more!