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Mostly Sunny Skies Forecast to Greet As Many As 8,000 Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5K Runners Today

By Keith Calayag
Published on Jan 16, 2022

[Photo courtesy Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5K /Via Facebook]

After overcast even drizzly days, National Weather Service forecasters predict mostly sunny and 73 for Pasadena Sunday as thousands of runners turn out for the first major running event of the new year in Los Angeles County, the Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5K.

There are no city or state health orders prohibiting large events like this one. “Mega-event” health protocols will be in place, race organizers said.

The event is scheduled to start and finish at the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium and features a scenic course that crosses the Colorado Bridge, runs through Old Pasadena and around the Brookside Golf Course.

Runners will pass numerous local landmarks along the route, including the Tournament House and the Norton Simon Museum.

After crossing the finish line, runners will have the opportunity to recover, relax, and take photos with multiple photo opportunities on the field at the 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.”

The events raise funds that benefit the McCourt Foundation, which supports research, partnerships, and education that enhance the lives of patients and families affected by neurological diseases (MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s).

Some Pasadena roadways roads will be closed for Sunday’s event. 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.

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From 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. these areas will also be affected:

  • 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.

Complete information on the alternate access routes can be found here:

Runners participating in the marathon will enjoy the picturesque course through Pasadena, passing landmarks like Colorado Street Bridge, Old Town Pasadena and Caltech University along the 13.1-mile course.

The marathon starts and finishes at the Rose Bowl Stadium.

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