I decided to get up early and get to the finish line of the L.A. Marathon. I thought it would be a new subject for my photography, but I rarely go to races just to watch. Plus, the L.A. Marathon is kind of a big deal – 25,000 participants – and it takes place on a new-ish course, “Stadium to the Sea.” It starts at (in) Dodger Stadium and winds through many L.A. neighborhoods and past many famous sites before it ends up on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.
Because of the blocked streets and presumably horrendous time finding a parking spot, I have up with a plan that I really enjoyed, but probably would not have before living in Europe. At 6:45am, I drove through the beautiful, pre-sunrise dense fog down to Malibu. From there, I took an L.A. public bus into Santa Monica. Instantly, I was reminded on the joys of bus travel – time to look out the windows, time to listen to my ipod, and the elation of not having to drive 5mph down street after street looking for a parking spot. I saved on the gas and on parking fees, especially since the bus’ coin machine wasn’t working so I got to ride for free. Twenty-five minutes after boarding, I was exiting, although several blocks away because of the traffic detours. It was a beautiful day, especially for running. From 7:45 until I returned around 2pm, the temperature seemed constant around 65 degrees and the sun broke through the clouds only for about 10 minutes. That is what I call outstanding weather for running.
By the way, I spent my time pretty much doing what you’d expect – wandering a bit, finding good photo positions, taking photos, cheering on runners and shouting encouraging things (remind me to make signs next year), and going for a long walk through the city toward the Co-Op. Enjoy the photos!