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Friday, November 8, 2019

The Great Los Angeles Walk 2019 Press Release


LOS ANGELES (Nov. 7, 2019) -- Hundreds of Angelenos will hit the sidewalks once again on Saturday, November 23, for The Great Los Angeles Walk 2019 – the annual event that dispels the myth that “nobody walks in L.A.”

This year, for the 14th edition, The Great Los Angeles Walk ( is taking a break from its usual downtown-to-ocean routes, and will instead travel through the San Gabriel Valley and Northeast Los Angeles. The Walk will travel through Arcadia and Pasadena via Colorado Blvd., before walking through Eagle Rock, Highland Park and Chinatown on Figueroa St. in Los Angeles.

Participants will meet at the Arcadia County Park fountain, in Arcadia, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23.

From the fountain, we'll head west on Huntington Drive, past the Santa Anita Park and mall, turning north on Baldwin Ave. (past the Los Angeles County Arboretum). We'll walk under the 210 to Foothill Blvd., turning left and walking west until we get to Michillinda Ave. We'll then walk South to Colorado Blvd., and begin our journey through Pasadena.

At the edge of Old Town Pasadena, we'll make our way over the Colorado Street Bridge, then continue to Figueroa Street, where we'll turn left and head south. We'll walk through Highland Park and then make a left at Pasadena Ave. to North Broadway, where we'll hang a right, walk over the Los Angeles River, and then walk through Chinatown. Our final destination: Grand Park, in front of City Hall.

The Great Los Angeles Walk will conclude with a group photo and informal celebration in downtown Los Angeles at a location to be announced later. Walkers will be encouraged to utilize the Metro Gold Line, which offers public transportation between Arcadia and the finish of the walk in 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; in 2016, it returned to Pico; in 2017, the Walk tackled Beverly Boulevard; and in 2018, in honor of Jonathan Gold, we walked on 6th Street, including through Koreatown.

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 Los Angeles magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the L.A. Weekly, KCAL-Channel 9, KABC-Channel 7, and 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.

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