The Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5K is scheduled to return to Pasadena this Sunday, January 16. Unlike previous runnings, this year’s is expected to be under sunny, 71-degree skies.
Over 5,000 runners are expected to compete on the 13.1-mile course.
Remote check-in and registration locations will be set up around the city Friday and Saturday leading up to the race, including the ASICS flagship store in Westfield Century City and Big 5 Sporting Goods locations in Santa Monica and Pasadena.
The Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5k starts and finishes at the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium, featuring a scenic course that crosses the Colorado Bridge, runs through Old Town Pasadena and around the Brookside Golf Course. Runners enjoy numerous landmarks along the route including the Tournament House, the Norton Simon Museum and more. After crossing the finish line, runners will have the opportunity to recover, relax, and take photos with multiple photo ops on the field at the iconic Rose Bowl.
“After crossing the finish line, runners will join family and friends on the field to celebrate their accomplishment at the finish line festival and Heineken 0.0 Beer Garden,” said Kayla Newby-Fraser, senior manager of partnerships for the McCourt Foundation. “For runners participating in the 3-race Conquer LA Challenge, they will have the chance to take photos with the official Los Angeles Marathon all-electric lead vehicle, which will be in the end zone. The Volvo XC60 will display their March marathon goal time on the official race time clock.”
Registration is open online at RoseBowlHalf.com and includes a Rose Bowl Bib, a Finisher Medal, and an ASICS technical shirt. Proceeds from the event support the McCourt Foundation’s mission to empower individuals and communities to build a healthier world through research, education, and events. All participants and spectators will be required to provide proof of vaccination or a negative covid test to participate.
The event will prompt a number of road closures.
According to details provided by marathon organizer The McCourt Foundation, from 6 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. the area south of Colorado Boulevard and north of California Boulevard, between Arroyo Boulevard and Orange Grove will be closed.
While the area is closed, residents can enter/exit via Orange Grove and Green Street from 6 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. From 6:00 a.m. – 9 a.m., residents may use Grand and California to exit the area.
The following areas will be also be affected from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
- The area south of Colorado Boulevard and between Orange Grove and Arroyo Parkway
- The area south of Green Street and between Arroyo Parkway and Lake Avenue
- The area south of Green Street between Lake Avenue and Wilson Street
- Areas north of Colorado Boulevard and Green Street
- Areas adjacent to Linda Vista Avenue between Seco Street and the 134 Freeway.
Residents are generally advised to use Walnut Street to the north, California Boulevard to the south, Hill Avenue to the east or use the 710 extension to the west, to expedite their travel during the event.
During the race, only emergency vehicles will be allowed to cross the route. “No Parking – Tow Away” signs will be posted along the course and any cars parked after 1 a.m. on Sunday will be towed.
For more information and complete race weekend schedule, visit RoseBowlHalf.com.