Sunday, November 22, 2015
The Great Los Angeles Walk 2015 Recap: A Gold Medal for Olympic Boulevard
We did it again!
16 miles. 38,060 steps (per one Walk participant). 400 (or so) participants. Hundreds of passionate Angelenos, fueled by love of city and community, hiked across the city via Olympic Boulevard this past Saturday.
The 10th annual Great Los Angeles Walk attracted what was quite possibly our largest crowd ever, including many new walkers!
Together, we kicked things off at the newly rehabilitated Clifton's Cafeteria (which opened an hour earlier than usual, at 9 a.m., to accommodate us). After brief pep talk from Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne, we were off... over to Main St., and then starting down the entire length of West Olympic. For lunch, Walkers experienced food trucks, Ethiopian restaurants and the legendary Tom Bergin's. The majority of the crowd made it to the beach by sunset.
Some pics from this year's event:
Pic by Jon Weisman of the crowd waiting to go in, outside Clifton's
Waiting to go in, from the top of the line
Thanks to the Los Angeles Times' Christopher Hawthorne for kicking things off! (And sorry that Clifton's couldn't turn the music off!)
Even more group
My selfie with the group
And they're off! (Down Broadway)
Waltarrrrr's GLAW-themed pith helmet, with Olympic already included!
Passing the Orpheum
"Mirrors should think longer before they reflect"
Keeping an eye on us
Standard Oil Company
Give us a hand!
Spotted in a downtown store
"Olympic" (at downtown's JW Marriott hotel)
"Happy Day Sale"
Open Ur Heart
Olympic Boulevard was named after the 10th Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles in 1932. (As spotted in Koreatown.)
The face of Olympic
Yikes! Maybe walking is the way to go!
Give us a hand!
Olympic Car Wash
"Always a hill, always a tower, always a timepiece."
The chained-up underground tunnels of Olympic
Tom Bergin's for lunch
The Bergin's bar
The horse heads of Tom Bergin's
"Well, we sorta welcome you."
The stairs of Olympic (in West L.A.)
One walker noted that, of all the streets the Great LA Walk has traveled, this was the most pleasant 405 experience. That's because, unlike streets like Wilshire or Santa Monica, there is no off ramp here.
The Expo line. As of next year, Great LA Walkers will easily take Metro light rail back to downtown!
Are You Ready?
Welcome to the Hotel California
We made it! A group gathers at Original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, at around 4:30 p.m.
More walkers at the end
16 miles, completely on bare feet! Thanks to this Walker, who came all the way from Santa Fe!
This guy was waiting for us at the end!
Day is done!
Send us links to your photos! Some roundups below: