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Pre-Thanksgiving 19-Mile Walk from Downtown LA to the Ocean

Hi Everyone... My friend's husband has been walking from Downtown LA to the ocean the Saturday before Thanksgiving for many years now. More and more people join him each year and last year about 200 people started the walk. I plan to join the walk this year and want to post the info. for anyone who is interested. They start in Downtown LA at 10 am on Saturday November 20. Here's the link to the facebook page where you can rsvp: http://www.facebook.c...

I thought I'd post the info from my other group (129 of us are joining--and literally 100 of us show up for other urban walking explorations):

http://www.greatlawal...

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WHAT'S THE PATH? From downtown, we'll walk west on Temple, north on Vermont, west on Hollywood Boulevard, south on Fairfax, west on Santa Monica Boulevard to the ocean.

WHAT IF I CAN'T GET THERE THAT EARLY, OR DON'T WANT TO START THAT FAR EAST? Just wait for us somewhere on the path and join in once we pass by. Several hikers will be Twittering as well -- including us, at @greatlawalk. Check one of those Twitter accounts to figure out where we are.

HOW LONG IS THE HIKE? 19-ish miles. IMPORTANT: This is not a race. Sure, you can sprint all the way to the end, but where's the fun in that? There's no prize for who gets there first. Instead, take a breath, and join the bulk of us as we leisurely stroll toward the ocean and stop frequently to take in the sights.

WHEN WILL WE GET TO THE END? With so many hikers, people will eventually start to space out. Impatient, faster walkers might get there soon after lunch. But the bulk of the walkers will get there around 5.

WHAT ABOUT LUNCH? We'll be taking a lunch break -- probably around an hour or so -- in the heart of Hollywood. We're also in talks with a handful of food trucks to park along the route and offer special deals for Walk participants.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WALK IS DONE? We'll take group photos at the ocean... and then celebrate at Locando del Lago in Santa Monica. Lago Santa Monica will offer Great Los Angeles Walk participants $8 pizzas (regularly $14-15 each) and $20 “litros” (carafes, regularly $34 each) of their signature market cocktails exclusively on Saturday, November 17th -- plus, they're even reserving a portion of the outdoor patio for walkers to mingle.

HOW DO I GET HOME? Either plan with a friend and get to Santa Monica early morning, parking one car, then carpool to downtown (where you'll park the other car). OR: Park at downtown, walk to Santa Monica, then eventually take Metro back to downtown. OR: Park at Santa Monica at 7 a.m., allowing yourself enough time to board a Metro bus to downtown. Traffic's light that time of morning, so the bus ride is relatively quick. And that way, when you arrive in Santa Monica, your car is waiting for you. BUSES: Thanks to Joni Yung for doing the homework on this. She recommends you visit Metro (http://www.metro.net/around/maps) for details. But here's a thumbnail: The last BBB10 bus leaves Santa Monica for downtown at around 7pm. It's the return from downtown that's at around 8pm. so if you're going to party after the walk, your choices are the 704 (or the local 4, both via Santa Monica/Sunset), the 720 (via Wilshire), and the 733 (via Venice Blvd). some run more often than others, some will drop you off closer to City Hall than others.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING? Loose, comfy clothing. I'd wear shorts, a t-shirt (and perhaps a sweatshirt, given the temperature) and bring a jacket -- it gets chilly at the beach in the evening. Also, tennis shoes... sunglasses... a hat... sunscreen... extra socks... a blister kit (optional, of course -- I haven't brought one, although Band-Aids are a good idea)... and most importantly, a camera! We'll all be documenting it and posting pics later. Several of you have ordered Great Los Angeles Walk T-shirts, which is cool (www.cafepress.com/franklinavenue) but not mandatory.

HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR THIS? It's not a marathon, so training isn't really necessary. I suppose you should walk around your neighborhood in the days before hand... but I'd avoid any big gym routine the day before, so you're not sore the day you're hiking. But other than that... I didn't train at all for the first three walks, and came out just fine.

Here it is, the unofficial Frequently Asked Questions roundup for the GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK 2012! 1. WHEN/WHERE? Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 -- the Saturday before Thanksgiving, like we do every year. We're meeting on the front steps of downtown’s Walt Disney Concert Hall (at 1st and Grand). We'll probably have a speaker or two to kick things off, at around 8:45, so get there early. The Walk leaves PROMPTLY at 9. 2. WHO? We're expecting over 250 hikers this year. We're taking RSVPs at greatlawalk(at)mail(dot)com (yes, "mail," not "gmail") and on Facebook, but RSVPs are not necessary. We'll take anyone who shows up too! 3. HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? C'mon, it's completely free! But you're on your own when it comes to lunch, dinner, water, etc. So don't forget to plan accordingly. 4. WHAT'S THE PATH? From the Walt Disney Concert Hall, we'll walk west on 1st, which turns into Beverly Blvd. And then north on Virgil, west on Melrose Avenue, to the end -- when we then make a left on to Santa Monica Boulevard, which we'll then take to the ocean. (Check it out here.) 5. WHAT IF I CAN'T GET THERE THAT EARLY, OR DON'T WANT TO START THAT FAR EAST? Just wait for us somewhere on the path and join in once we pass by. Several hikers will be Twittering as well -- including us, at @greatlawalk. Check one of those Twitter accounts to figure out where we are. 6. HOW LONG IS THE HIKE? 17-ish miles. IMPORTANT: This is not a race. Sure, you can sprint all the way to the end, but where's the fun in that? There's no prize for who gets there first. Instead, take a breath, and join the bulk of us as we leisurely stroll toward the ocean and stop frequently to take in the sights. 7. WHEN WILL WE GET TO THE END? With so many hikers, people will eventually start to space out. Impatient, faster walkers might get there soon after lunch. But the bulk of the walkers will get there around 5.


8. CAN WE BIKE IT? BRING KIDS? PETS? Because you're walking on your own accord -- remember, this is an unofficial gathering of passionate Angelenos walking the streets of their favorite city -- you can do whatever you want. Use your best judgement, of course. We're not responsible for you. 9. WHAT ABOUT INJURIES? Again, there is no infrastructure to our Walk, so you need to take care of yourself just like you would whenever you walk anywhere. Be careful, stay safe and stick with a group of walkers! 10. WHAT ABOUT LUNCH? We'll be taking a lunch break -- probably around an hour or so -- around the halfway point, near La Cienega. We're talking to a restaurant about giving us a Walk discount -- stay tuned. 11. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE WALK IS DONE? We'll take group photos at the ocean... and then celebrate at WOKCANO Santa Monica from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.! 12. HOW DO I GET THERE, OR GET HOME? Either plan with a friend and get to Santa Monica early morning, parking one car, then carpool to downtown (where you'll park the other car). OR: Park at downtown, walk to Santa Monica, then eventually take Metro back to downtown. OR: Park at Santa Monica at 7 a.m., allowing yourself enough time to board a Metro bus to downtown. Traffic's light that time of morning, so the bus ride is relatively quick. And that way, when you arrive in Santa Monica, your car is waiting for you. BUSES: Visit Metro (http://www.metro.net/around/maps) for details. But here's a thumbnail: The last Big Blue Rapid 10 bus (http://bigbluebus.com/Routes-And-Schedules/Rapid-10.aspx) leaves Santa Monica for downtown at around 7pm. It's the return from downtown that's at around 8pm. But if you're going to stick around the Afterparty beyond 7 after the walk, your choices are the 704 (or the local 4, both via Santa Monica/Sunset), the 720 (via Wilshire), and the 733 (via Venice Blvd). some run more often than others, some will drop you off closer to the Civic Center than others. Your best bet, in other words, is to carpool. But if you can't do that, I strongly recommend parking in Santa Monica in the morning. As long as you get on the Big Blue Bus Rapid 10 before 8 a.m., you'll get to downtown before 9. It will be a quick, pleasant ride during daylight... and you'll be so happy knowing that your car is waiting for you in Santa Monica. 13. WHAT SHOULD I WEAR/BRING? Loose, comfy clothing. I'd wear shorts, a t-shirt (and perhaps a sweatshirt, depending on the temperature) and bring a jacket -- it gets chilly at the beach in the evening. Also, tennis shoes... sunglasses... a hat... sunscreen... extra socks... a blister kit (optional, of course -- I haven't brought one, although Band-Aids are a good idea)... and most importantly, a camera! We'll all be documenting it and posting pics later.

14. HOW CAN I GET A T-SHIRT? We've just posted a bunch of T-shirts for sale at http://greatlawalk.spreadshirt.com/. We weren't impressed with Cafe Press anymore, so we're trying out Spreadshirt as a new vendor. Order directly from them, and it looks like they're shipping shirts in a pretty quick turnaround -- but if you wanna wear one on the Walk, you should probably order one soon! 15. HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR THIS? It's not a marathon, so training isn't really necessary. I suppose you should walk around your neighborhood in the days before hand... but I'd avoid any big gym routine the day before, so you're not sore the day you're hiking. But other than that... I didn't train at all for any of the previous six walks, and have turned out just fine. 16. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS? Why not? There's no special reason, no charity, no protest, no issue we're promoting -- other than a passion for Los Angeles. In 2006, I organized our walk down Wilshire to mark my 10th anniversary in Los Angeles. But it was so much fun, and it was a chance to meet so many new people, that we did it again in 2007, down Pico; in 2008, via Sunset and Santa Monica Blvd.; and in 2009, we hit West Adams as we walked down Adams and Washington to Venice Beach. In 2010, we returned to Wilshire for the fifth walk, and in 2011, we hit Hollywood. This year, it's Melrose's turn. It's the Saturday before Thanksgiving as well, so somehow I don't feel as bad gorging on sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie a few days later. And hey, it'll be a cool conversation piece at your holiday party.
17. IMPORTANT: You are walking on your own volition. The Great Los Angeles Walk is just a casual opportunity to walk with other Angelenos through the city. It's not an official organization of any sort -- and is therefore not responsible for your conduct or anything that may happen during your hike. Be careful, and be respectful of others and of your city.

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  • Jesse

    Nice walk and great bunch of people. Can't wait to see where the next walk is next year.

    November 26, 2012

  • Nichole M.

    I am very sorry everyone that I wasn;t able to go because I was already in the Hollywood area it was raining. I really wanted to do this 17sh mile run Ill definately go rain or shine. Good luck to all of you guys.

    November 17, 2012

  • Superxicana L.

    Hello everyone! I'm driving from Long Beach to end point in Santa Monica @7:15 am and then joining walkers at Walt Disney Concert Hall to begin this awesome LA adventure. Let me know if you wanna carpool! Looking forward to meeting you all! =)

    1 · November 16, 2012

  • Robin

    I do have a suggestion on the starting point so you can all get together. Meet at the Blue Line Willow Station (that station has the most parking and is very safe with lots of security) at a set time as a group, then get to the Walt Disney Concert Hall as a team. But then you need to figure out how to get back since it ends in Santa Monica. I do not know Santa Monica at all but if there is a train station close by there that would be a great and cheap way to do the round trip. Have a great time guys. xoxo

    November 16, 2012

  • Robin

    Have a GREAT time you guys!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a prior commitment but I am so proud of all of you for undertaking this very cool and hip but ADVENTUROUS event! Thank you Rosie for originally posting this 2 years ago!!!! And thank you Dev for starting up the conversation again and thanks to Jesse for updating all the current details for this years walk. I cannot wait to hear all about it next week. :-)

    November 16, 2012

  • Michael

    Rain?

    November 15, 2012

  • Jesse­ changed the location from Disney Hall to Walt Disney Concert Hall

    November 15, 2012

  • Jesse

    November 15, 2012

  • Jesse­ changed the location to Disney Hall

    November 15, 2012

  • Nichole M.

    I just realized on the greatwalk site the starting point would be the Walt Disney Concert Hall. I will just look for Signal Hill hikers

    November 14, 2012

  • Nichole M.

    I am going to Los Felis over the weekend to see my boyfriend. I don;t want to walk alone in the hike can I still walk with the group

    November 14, 2012

  • Yolie

    Where in downtown LA is the starting point? :-)

    November 14, 2012

  • Nichole M.

    Where is the starting point and do wall meet somewhere in Long Beach?

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    ending point is posted, but I didn't read a starting point yet
    http://www.greatlawalk.com/

    July 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Has the starting and ending point been decided yet?

    July 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    --sounds like a plan Kristi. : )

    1 · July 4, 2012

  • Kristi

    Just curious, how you normally get to downtown for the walk? Does a group meet up and hop on the blue line?

    July 3, 2012

  • A former member

    A former member changed the date and time to Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    July 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, there will likely be a 2012 walk the saturday before thanksgiving. Updated information will likely be available at http://www.greatlawalk.com/ closer to the date.

    March 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this occuring in 2012?

    March 11, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Lidia! I have no idea how long it will take! I'm guessing at least 4-5 hours?
    See you tonight.
    rozie

    November 11, 2010

  • Lidia H.

    This is magnifico I might just join you guys how long do you think it will take?

    November 8, 2010

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