JOIN US SATURDAY, NOV. 19, 2016!

For the 11th year we're walking across Los Angeles!

Save the date: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at 9 a.m. Details to come!

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Monday, September 26, 2016

For 2016, the 11th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk Returns to Pico Boulevard!

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(Photo by Will Campbell)

It's time to take another peek at Pico.

For the 11th Annual Great Los Angeles Walk, we're heading back to PICO BOULEVARD (the locale for our second-ever Walk, in 2007)!



This year's walk also doubles as my own personal celebration of my 20th anniversary in Los Angeles. As you may know, I began the Great Los Angeles Walk in 2006 as a way to mark my first decade in our city. And now here we are, a decade later, and the Walk lives on!

Pico was one of my favorite Great Los Angeles Walk locales, because we made a point to eat our way across town. Here's how I summed up the walk in 2007:

Great Los Angeles Walkers who made it from end-to-end got to experience, along the way, the bustling (even at 9 in the morning) fashion district; the Convention Center (currently home to the Auto Show); the Central American-dominated Byzantine-Latino Quarter; the city's shortest street (Powers Place); the beautiful old homes of Alvarado Terrace; a slice of Koreatown; the gut-busting food of spots like Oki-Dog and Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles; the sight of a massive crane that tipped over (smashing the roof of a yoga studio) in Mid-City; the closed (for the Sabbath) Jewish shops and restaurants west of Fairfax; the Fox lot; dodging golf balls next to the Rancho Park golf course; the cool ocean breeze once we hit Santa Monica; and much more.



Who knows if we'll get all that excitement this time, but you never know!

Our downtown-to-the-ocean urban hike will start at downtown location to be announced later. And as you are surely well aware, this will be the easiest Great Los Angeles Walk ever to get to and from the start and end points, thanks to the arrival of the Metro Expo Line! Stay tuned for more details! Always check www.greatlawalk.com for updates, and feel free to drop us a line at greatlawalk@mail.com to let us know you're coming! Most importantly: The date for the walk is SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2016 at 9 am. (It's always the Saturday before Thanksgiving -- just remember that!) More details to come! But in the meantime, to get our Great Los Angeles Walk: Pico Boulevard Revisited started, here are a few videos about the street.





Thursday, November 26, 2015

VIDEO: 16 Miles of the Great Los Angeles Walk on Olympic in 13 Minutes



Thanks to Great LA Walk participant Ron's Log for posting this time-lapse video of the entire walk, taken by his GoPro camera. Shot in classic black and white, and set to Miles Davis' "Walkin'." Watch above!

And thanks again to everyone who participated in this year's walk. We've got a special one planned for our 11th walk in 2016... save the date! As always, it's the Saturday before Thanksgiving: November 19, 2016!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2015 Recap: A Gold Medal for Olympic Boulevard!

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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:

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Pic by Jon Weisman of the crowd waiting to go in, outside Clifton's

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Waiting to go in, from the top of the line

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Thanks to the Los Angeles Times' Christopher Hawthorne for kicking things off! (And sorry that Clifton's couldn't turn the music off!)

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Group shot!

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Even more group

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My selfie with the group

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And they're off! (Down Broadway)

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Waltarrrrr's GLAW-themed pith helmet, with Olympic already included!

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Passing the Orpheum

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HA HA!

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Buddha

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"Mirrors should think longer before they reflect"

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Keeping an eye on us

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Standard Oil Company

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Give us a hand!

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Spotted in a downtown store

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"Olympic" (at downtown's JW Marriott hotel)

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"Happy Day Sale"

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Open Ur Heart

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Olympic Boulevard was named after the 10th Summer Olympics, held in Los Angeles in 1932. (As spotted in Koreatown.)

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The face of Olympic

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Yikes! Maybe walking is the way to go!

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Koreatown

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Guelaguetza Restaurant

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Imaginary phone

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Give us a hand!

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Olympic Car Wash

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Oxford Square

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Selfies!

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"Always a hill, always a tower, always a timepiece."

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The chained-up underground tunnels of Olympic

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Tom Bergin's for lunch

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The Bergin's bar

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Inside Bergin's

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The horse heads of Tom Bergin's

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"Well, we sorta welcome you."

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The stairs of Olympic (in West L.A.)

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Mt. Sidewalk

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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.

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The Expo line. As of next year, Great LA Walkers will easily take Metro light rail back to downtown!

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Are You Ready?

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Welcome to the Hotel California

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Tongva Park

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We made it! A group gathers at Original Muscle Beach in Santa Monica, at around 4:30 p.m.

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More walkers at the end

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16 miles, completely on bare feet! Thanks to this Walker, who came all the way from Santa Fe!

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This guy was waiting for us at the end!

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Day is done!

Send us links to your photos! Some roundups below:

Scott Trimble

Edward Kirkpatrick