What’s the Happy Birthday LA 5K, You Ask?
Do you remember where you were on September 4, 2o15?
If you weren’t at La Plaza de Olvera celebrating LA’s 234th birthday, let’s go over what you were missing and what you could change this year for our September 3rd, 2017 Happy Birthday LA 5K?
1. A 5K Race At A Historic Site
La Plaza de Olvera was the birthplace of the City of Los Angeles, and that’s where the race starts and finishes! In 1781, Los Angeles was declared a city, known back then as El Pueblo de Los Angeles. That pocket of Downtown LA has remained relatively unchanged in the last two centuries. Generations-old shops and restaurants, buildings like the Sepulveda House and Avila Adobe make you feel as if you hopped in a time machine back into the early days of this city.
The course extends to surrounding historic areas including Cesar Chavez, Chinatown, and The Los Angeles State Historic Park. While PR-ing your way through the course, you’ll be treated to quite the scenery.
2. We’re Celebrating LA’s Birthday!
On September 4th, 2014, BlacklistLA met in Downtown LA to celebrate the birthday of the city, and what we found stunned us. Running past bars and restaurants, people were unaware of the festivity. What we came to realize was that there needed to be a true celebration for Los Angeles, including balloons!
In 2015, we had our inaugural Happy Birthday LA 5K race to mark the first official celebration of its kind, for LA’s birthday. With over 500 participants in our first year, that number is expected to double every year. This year, Happy Birthday LA 5K will be taking a place on Sunday September 3rd, 2017.
3. It’s A Night Race!
Most races are held during the early morning hours, but Happy Birthday LA 5K is held under the stars! Sure HBD LA 5K is a race, but we also like to think of it like a party, so it only made sense to have it after the sun comes down.
Those are just a few reasons why HBD LA 5K is the ultimate way to celebrate this great city of Los Angeles. It’s historic, festive and nocturnal…and oh, it’s also 5K race.
Lace up and run with us on Sunday September 3rd, 2017, and next year when you’re asked where were you on that day, you’ll have the right answer.