Monday, November 09, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: The Great Los Angeles Walk Takes on Olympic Boulevard This Nov. 21

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The Great Los Angeles Walk is coming close! Sent to the media this morning:

THE TENTH ANNUAL GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK RETURNS TO DOWNTOWN -- HIKING OLYMPIC BOULEVARD TO THE OCEAN ON NOV. 21

LOS ANGELES (Nov. 9, 2015) -- Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks on Saturday, November 21 for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2015 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.”

This year, for the tenth edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk (http://www.greatlawalk.com) is finally tackling one of the city's iconic boulevards: Olympic!

Olympic was chosen for a variety reasons: Not only is it one of the few major Los Angeles streets that the Great Los Angeles Walk hasn't yet hiked, but for our 10th anniversary, it makes sense to celebrate on the boulevard once known as 10th Street. Olympic Boulevard was renamed in honor of the 1932 Olympics – and now, as Los Angeles harbors dreams to once again host the Games in 2024, the Walk will also recognize that bid.

Participants will meet at downtown Los Angeles' newly renovated Clifton's Cafeteria at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, where Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne will discuss Olympic and the changing nature of L.A. streets.

After touring Clifton's remarkable rehabilitation, walkers will proceed to walk approximately 16 miles (at a casual, all-day pace) to the ocean.

Walkers will pass through downtown, Westlake, Koreatown, Hancock Park, Beverly Hills, Century City, Westwood, West Los Angeles and Santa Monica as they make their way to the ocean.

The Great Los Angeles Walk will conclude with an after party in Santa Monica at a location to be announced later. Walkers will be encouraged to utilize Metro public transportation at the start or finish of the walk.

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, participants marched to the ocean via Hollywood Boulevard. In 2012, the Walk traveled across Melrose Avenue; in 2013, Sunset Boulevard; and in 2014, the Walk traveled across the San Fernando Valley via Ventura Boulevard.

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. Thanks to the Los Angeles Times and Clifton's Cafeteria for their support.

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.

The official hashtag of The Great Los Angeles Walk is #glaw. Folks at home are welcome to follow along all day on the walk's official Twitter feed, @greatlawalk, as we continually post our location.

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