Two A’s representing Run Local in SoCal. Angela is Run Local’s festival manager, ops extraordinaire and owns the Side Hustle. Seriously. She started our Side Hustle podcast with the voice of the X Games Jimmy Coleman (listen here). Along with her amazing work for Run Local she also works numerous extreme sport events throughout the country and world, but finds herself down in Los Angeles enough times to share her favorite jaunts.
Adam is Soul Focus Sports’ brand manager, having gone from being on the road 366 days a year to running 60+ miles a week. While he currently lives in Chicago, he’s lived and worked in SoCal for years. He’s got your LA running related spots covered.
Groove to our SoCal Oldies playlist, listen in to our pod with LA native and industry insider, Peter Abraham, and enjoy our faves safely. Remember to check websites or call local retailers to confirm hours of operation.
Santa Monica Beach Path & The Promenade; “The Strand”
This ultra-flat and seemingly never-ending beachside paved path begins at Will Rogers State Beach in Malibu and goes for 20+ miles south towards Redondo Beach. From Santa Monica Pier, one can enjoy a 3mile run south to Venice Pier and can easily extend the run to see iconic sites like “Muscle Beach” and the scenic and quaint Venice Canals.
San Vicente Blvd
A four-mile long dirt and grass path for runners in the median of San Vicente Blvd that begins at Ocean Ave in Santa Monica and runs northeast into Brentwood. This path is scenic, accommodating for large groups, and offers a slight uphill heading away from the coast with a downhill that lets you ease back towards the scenic Ocean Avenue cliffside views.
If you’re more of an elevation enthusiast and trail tactician, take a short drive from Santa Monica to the glorious trails of Malibu and Topanga Canyons. You’ll escape to chaparral hills and endless winding trails.
Angel’s Gate Park
My favorite place in the whole world to shoot some hoops with friends. Added feature: if you miss your shots, just blame it on the view.
Housed in the same park, The Korean Bell of Friendship Pavillion is a beautiful and calming spot to take in the view of the mighty Pacific while admiring the intricate craftsmanship of this gift from Korea.
With locations in Burbank, Encino, and Westlake, you’ll find that locally owned Fleet Feet stores offer the expertise in helping you find the right products for all your needs, plus community connections to help you meet and interact with new runners.
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FrontRunners has been around for forever, and for good reason. They understand runners and focus on your comfort as a fitness enthusiast with expertise and products in running, yoga, and walking. If you make your way into beautiful Brentwood, love running, love supporting local, don’t hesitate to drop in.
Don’t sleep on BlacklistLA. If you’re in town or live in LA, you need to go run with this group. They run the streets of LA at night (Thurs at 9pm) with weekly art runs that highlight local graffiti, murals, and the overall culture of Los Angeles. This music-pumping, high-energy, and welcoming crew has something for all levels, hosts training programs for pinnacle races like the LA Marathon, puts on the local HBDLA5k annually, and also has a weekly women’s-only group called “Lista” which meets on Thursday evening.
Electric Flight Crew
Their members are thought-leaders in the fields of fitness, health, media, tech, fashion, music, entertainment, and education. With the common bond of fitness, they seek to inspire innovation & collaboration in the EFC community with the relationships forged in collective sweat and during thir “No Shower Happy Hour.”
RUNDALAY is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Los Angeles County whose mission is to empower its family, friends, volunteers and local charities through special events that focus on running, walking and monthly charity drives to positively impact the community as measured by charitable donations, personal success stories and long-lasting partnerships with other organizations.
Breakfast: Huckleberry Cafe & Bakery
Start a long event work day out right; the fried egg sandwich is worth the long line.
Lunch: Bay Cities Italian Deli
Will keep you going on a long work day; one sandwich from this deli will set you up for multiple meals
Dinner: Father’s Office
Good burgers & cold beers with your crew after a long day of event production work.
Crew Dinner: Fia Restaurant
Great wrap-up dinner with your event crew; definitely one of my favorite restaurant patios in SoCal
Find everything from stationary to beach wear as well as the in-betweens all with a California feel.
The Last Bookstore
Even bookshops are famous in L.A.; I think this iconic book store housed in an abandoned bank has it’s very own IMBD page.
A great spot to find a huge selection of many SoCal based products and handmade goods all selected with the theme of “art for everyday”
The Garage Board Shop
This family owned skate shop is a nonprofit that provides free tutoring and a safe place to skateboard for inner city youth; it also hosts art shows, music shows, sponsors murals, organizes neighborhood clean-ups and sells locally made skateboards.
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop
This grocery store sells over 500 kinds of soda from all over the world, so you’re bound to find at least one flavor you might like. I tried the Mr. Q. Cumber (yum) and the Ouzon Soda from Opa (not so yum).