Los Angeles, CA – The Staples Center at L.A LIVE was host to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Half Marathon benefiting the ASPCA.
Over 8,000 runners, from all over Los Angeles made their way to downtown to test their physical fitness and minds for 13.1 miles at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. Runners had the chance to tour this historic city as the sounds of live, local bands played along the course motivating and entertaining runners as they made their way to the finish line. Thousands of men, women, children and pets came out to support the runners, enthusiastically cheering as they ran the distance.
The weather was perfect for a run around the city and those in full blown costume definitely took advantage of it. The half-marathon started at 7:30 in the morning in front of the Staples Center and sent runners down Figueroa Street to the California Science Center and around the LA Coliseum. After making the loop around, the course then took the runners into the center of Downtown LA going down Flower Street and towards the Whittier Blvd Bridge. The runners finally ended the 13.1 course back at the Staples Center where they had the chance to reunite with their family and friends to celebrate their accomplishment at the finish line festival.
Fernando Cabada came in first completing the half-marathon in at an impressive 1 hour 4 minutes and 56 seconds. His career started off with a bang in 2006, but after leg injuries and disappointing finishes in recent years, he hopes to regain his focus and continue on strong for the hunt to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. The event was well organized and had plenty of volunteers to help hand out water and Gatorade and clean-up after the race. Even Hollywood funny man, Will Ferrell, ran the half-marathon incognito with a mustache, completing the course in a very respectable 2 hours and 3 minutes and 50 seconds.This was a great event, benefiting a great cause, the ASPCA. Don’t miss out on the next event, check out the Rock N’ Roll Marathon Series website for more details.
About the ASPCA
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Their mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.
2012 Los Angeles Half-Marathon Results