THE 12th ANNUAL GREAT LOS ANGELES WALK HITS BEVERLY BOULEVARD AND MORE, FROM DOWNTOWN TO THE OCEAN ON NOV. 18
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 9, 2017) -- Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks on Saturday, November 18 for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2017 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.”
This year, for the twelfth edition, the Great Los Angeles Walk (http://www.greatlawalk.com) is traversing one of the city's oldest boulevards: Beverly!
Participants will meet at the courtyard in front of the Japanese American National Museum, in downtown Los Angeles' Little Tokyo, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18.
From there, Walkers will walk down 1st Street, and pass by downtown's Civic Center (including Grand Park and City Hall), Walt Disney Concert Hall; the street then turns into Beverly Blvd., and from there, Walkers will pass through Historic Filipinotown, Rampart Village, Koreatown, the Original Tommy's location, Fairfax/La Brea, Pan Pacific Park, CBS Television City, Beverly Grove, the Beverly Center, West Hollywood and Cedars-Sinai. In Beverly Hills, Beverly Boulevard ends, and the Walk will switch to Santa Monica Blvd. 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 buses and its Expo Line, which offers public transportation at the finish of the walk back to downtown.
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; in 2014, the Walk traveled across the San Fernando Valley via Ventura Boulevard; in 2015, the Walk took on Olympic Boulevard; and in 2016, it returned to Pico.
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. More recently, the Walk was included in the book "The Best Things to Do In Los Angeles: 1001 Ideas" by Joy Yoon.
The official hashtag of The Great Los Angeles Walk is #glaw. Social media users can follow along all day on the walk's official Twitter feed, @greatlawalk, as we continually post our location.