Los Angeles Free Friday

Mar 19, 2010 by Lisa Newton

Hollywood Hills

Of course, the big news this weekend is the first time ever sold-out LA Marathon is back in town, being held Sunday, March 21st. This year’s race course is going from east to west, ending at the Santa Monica Pier. If you’re not one of the thousands of contestants that entered, but you’d love to cheer the runners on, or be at the finish line, here’s a course map:

To help you avoid any traffic hassles, taking the Metro is a great idea. Six Metro Rail stations, which will be operating on a holiday schedule, are within walking distance of the race course: Union Station, Civic Center, Vermont/Sunset, Hollywood/Western, Hollywood/Vine and Hollywood/Highland.

If you’re only interested in being at the finish line, riding your bike there is a wonderful option. The race promoters have teamed up with the City of Santa Monica Bike Valet, to provide safe and secure bike parking. Here’s the two locations, both open from 7am-5pm:

  1. Ocean and Arizona Bike Valet, approach via 2nd Street or Arizona Avenue
  2. Finish Line Festival Beach Party Bike Valet, approach from the north or south Bike Path.

I wish the best of luck to all the race participants. The weather will be hopefully sunny, with a high near 78 degrees, so not only will it be a fun day at the Marathon, it will be another gorgeous Southern California day.

Here are a few more ideas to keep your weekend active and busy:

  • All about the Saban Theatre: Go behind the scenes and get a real insider’s look at the Saban Theatre. Tour backstage, the dressing rooms, and see the performer’s view from the stage – behind the footlights. The tour is being hosted by the Los Angeles Historical Theatre Foundation. Opening in 1930, the Saban, formally known as the Wilshire Theatre Beverly Hills is one of LA’s finest theatres. Saturday, March 20th, 10:30am; doors open at 10:00am, Saban Theatre, 8440 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211
  • L.A. STREET SUMMIT 2010: Biking, Walking and Beyond!: From last year’s event, which I was able to attend, organizers have expanded this year’s event to include walking and beyond. I had a great time last year and I’m sure this year’s event will be even bigger and better. March 20th, 10:00am-5:00pm, LA Trade Tech College, 400 W. Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, California.
  • Angel Flight Railway: Although not free, it costs $.25, it’s pretty close, so taking a ride on the recently restored historic Angel’s Flight is a memory and blast from the past, in the making. After being out of service for almost 9 years, it’s great to have the trains moving again.

When Travelin’ Local in Los Angeles, we like to play hard and work hard, so after this edition of LA Free Friday, I hope everyone has a great weekend, full of relaxation, fun, and sun.

We wouldn’t have it any other way here in Southern California!

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