THE EIGHTH ANNUAL GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK IS READY FOR ITS CLOSEUP, HITTING FAMED SUNSET BOULEVARD – ON NOV. 23
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 11, 2013) -- Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks this November 23 for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2013 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.”
This year, for the eighth edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk (http://www.greatlawalk.com) will center around one of Los Angeles' most famous streets, Sunset Boulevard.
Participants will meet at Echo Park Lake's "Lady of the Lake" statue at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, and proceed to walk approximately 17.8 miles (at a casual, all-day pace) to the ocean, mostly via Sunset Boulevard and the famed Sunset Strip.
The Walk will follow Sunset Blvd. to Whittier Drive (at the edge of Beverly Hills), then Wilshire Boulevard to the ocean. Walkers will pass through a diverse cross-section of the region, starting with the newly rehabilitated Echo Park Lake, flowing into neighborhoods including Echo Park, Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Hollywood. Then comes West Hollywood and the legendary Sunset Strip, followed by Beverly Hills, Westwood, West L.A. and Santa Monica.
The Great Los Angeles Walk will also include a lunch on the Sunset Strip and conclude with an after party in Santa Monica, both at locations to be announced later.
L.A. journalist and blogger Michael Schneider launched the Great Los Angeles Walk in 2006 as a way to celebrate his tenth year in Los Angeles. Inspired by the book “Wilshire Boulevard: Grand Concourse of Los Angeles,” by Kevin Roderick (with research by J. Eric Lynxwiler), he decided to walk the street’s entire length.
In 2007, for an encore, he chose another downtown-to-the-ocean route: Pico Boulevard. The 2008 Walk took on Santa Monica Blvd. In 2009, the event kicked off in the historic West Adams district and walked to Venice Beach via Adams and Washington. In 2010, for its fifth edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk reprised its original Wilshire journey. In 2011, more than 250 Walk participants marched to the ocean via Hollywood Boulevard. And in 2012, the Walk traveled across Melrose Avenue.
The Great Los Angeles Walk grew from dozens of participants to hundreds, and continues to expand each year as more Angelenos join in to explore their city on foot.
As always, the Walk is completely free. It is up to the participants to decide how much or how little of the walk they want to do. The Great Los Angeles Walk has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly, KABC-Channel 7, LAist.com and KNBC.com. In 2012, the LA Weekly recognized The Great Los Angeles Walk in its "Best of L.A." issue.