If you’re already prepping those New Year’s resolutions by overeating this holiday season, you might need a little booster come Jan. 1. From races to the best classes to get your heart pumping this year, these are the best ways to get moving in Los Angeles in 2013.
New Year’s Race – Los Angeles at Night! – 1/2 Marathon, 5K & Kids Fun Run
500 S. Grand Ave., Suite 2060
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Hours: Jan. 5, 9 p.m.
Price: $125 half marathon/$55 5K/$25 kids fun run
There’s no better way to jumpstart your resolution to get moving than to kick off the year and banish those holiday calories with a half marathon. This race is unique not only because it debuts 2013s racing season in L.A., but it is a one of the few night races around. Although the city is blessed with year-round comfortable temperatures by day, the evening winter chill will be sure to drive you to a faster completion time on this race. Children ages 5 to 12 can enjoy a 1K non-competitive, untimed Fun Run while adults get pumped with the 5K and 13.1-mile races. For those brave enough to train for this inaugural half-marathon during holiday potlucks and parties, you’ll be treated to a unique tour of downtown Los Angeles.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Pasadena Half Marathon
1001 Rose Bowl Drive
Pasadena, CA 91103
Hours: Feb. 17 half marathon/mini marathon – 7:30 a.m.
Price: $115 half marathon/$150 at expo/$45 mini marathon/$50 at expo
Shake off those holiday pounds by training for a 13.1-mile race through sunny Pasadena this February. With a starting line at the legendary Rose Bowl, you won’t be able to ignore the street-party atmosphere. If you enjoy this race, the Rock ‘n’ Roll franchise has races each month in cities all over the country. Whether you prefer marathons, half marathons, relays or 5K races, try starting a collection of 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll medals. You’ll train hard, become fit and actually enjoy the process with goals like these.
Temecula Mud Run
38000 Highway 79 S
Temecula, CA 92591
Hours: April 20, 10 waves – 9 a.m. to noon; kid’s wave – 10:40 a.m.
Price: $39 to $59 depending on month of registration/$69 on day of race/$20 kids ages 5 to 12/$25 kids ages 13 to 17
If you’re looking for something exciting to pair your wine with, try mud. Mud runs have enjoyed a steady increase in popularity in SoCal over the past few years, so make 2013 the year you join in on the fun. This muddy 5K obstacle course encourages team spirit and fun costumes. Even children ages 5 to 12 can register and run with an adult.
3096 Harding St.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Hours: July 14, 8 a.m.
Price: $95 to $125 before July 1/$110 to $140 after July 1
If you have ever dreamed of completing a triathlon, make 2013 your year. The Carlsbad Triathlon is among the oldest in the country, celebrating its 32nd race this year. The course begins with a 1K ocean swim at one of SoCal’s most beautiful shores, followed by a challenging, hilly 25K bike course, and finishing with a smooth, scenic 5K run among lagoons and wildlife preserve. Free pre-race clinics are available.
4500 Campus Drive, Suite 570
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Price: $35 5K/$85 half marathon/$100 full marathon
Hours: May 5, 5K – 7:30 a.m.; half marathon – 6:15 a.m.; full marathon – 5:30 a.m.
Orange County residents proudly host these annual races for the whole family to enjoy. Beginning on Friday, May 3 with a two-day Health and Fitness Expo, the weekend’s events include a Kid’s Run on Saturday morning, a one-mile event for kids of all ages. This sunny, Pacific Coast event concludes with a full day of races on Sunday. Along with the annual winter Surf City Marathon and the autumn Long Beach Marathon, the OC marathon is among the Beach City Challenge races.