Los Angeles night running routes
Whether you are training for a race, or trying to keep a certain level of fitness with your running, the number one concern for most people is finding the time to do it. If you have little to no time during the day to do a medium to long tempo run or otherwise, you may have to join what I like the call "The Afterhours Crew" or night runners, if you want to get technical.
Night running is a great way to give yourself enough time to spend on your run, along with the added perk of not having the sun beat down on you. It also saves you the hassle of having to cut your route short so as not to be late for work. But, there is also the added cost that running at night (especially in Los Angeles) isn't exactly the safest thing in the world.
It is important to make sure that you are keeping in mind good rules for general safety (reflective gear, phone, ID, letting someone know where you are going, etc.) That being said, if you are looking to join some of the creatures of the night for your training runs, here is a list of a few tried and true running routes from and around various reaches of Los Angeles County that are good for starters:
Silverlake (Chavez) Ravine - This is a short but dedicated path that was made for running around the Silverlake Reservoir. The surrounding neighborhood is safe so runners nearby tend to frequent this route for nightruns.
Hollywood Boulevard - There is nothing quite like experiencing the Hollywood Walk of Fame at night, while you are running... on a Friday. The great thing about Hollywood is that people are up and out at all hours of the day, and as they say, there is safety in numbers.
Aviation Park - The 440-yard, five-lane running track surrounds a regulation-size football/soccer field. The track is only a few years old and it open in the evenings with plenty of lighting. Good for people who live on the Westside or Southbay area.
Rosebowl Loop - The trail around the Rosebowl is a popular running route for runners closer to Pasadena. Well-lit paths in addition to some off shoot trails leading up the to Los Angeles Forest (for daylight hours).
Credits - WorldwideRunning.com would like to thank the website Notorias.com (www.notorias.com) for the authorization to reprint the article "Afterhours: Night Running Routes in Los Angeles" by Jennifer Tran.
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