Rose Parade and Float Viewing Run Bandit Style – 2013

This will be SoCalRunning.com’s second annual Rose Parade Bandit Run (Details Below the Video). There is nothing official about it. This is not a formal event. There is no entry fee, no medal, no shirt, nothing but fun at your own risk. We are meeting on Tuesday, January 1, 2013 at 4:45 AM.

I did it for the first time a couple of years ago and it was a blast. 2013 is the year to make sure you do it. You can check it off your bucket list and if you are into parades you can hang around, watch the parade after you finish your run and maybe, a little breakfast.

I realize it is difficult to hardly sleep then run but it is good practice for me because I have 2

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half marathons in 13 hours next weekend, the LA New Year’s Night Run and then Boney Mt Trail Half Marathon the next morning. It is also good practice running in this cold weather.

This is an unofficial 11 mile run that starts at the Starbucks, 3429 East Foothill Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91107. There are many FREE parking spaces available on the street behind Starbucks and at the Sierra Madre train station, which is across the street.

This run basically starts beyond end of the Rose Parade route, goes to the beginning, where the floats are. We view the floats up close and run back for the Stealth Bomber fly over.

I will be getting to Starbucks around 4:45 AM Depending on your speed you should plan on leaving between 4:50 – 5:15 AM to make it to the beginning of the parade around 6 am. Groups will be leaving about every 5 minutes. Since it is about 5.5 miles you can do the math but if we all get up to the beginning by 6 – 6:10 AM it will give us 45 minutes to walk around and check out the floats. Since we have many runners doing this, that run different paces, we will meet on the bridge at Colorado and St. John in the middle of the street between 6 – 6:15 AM. I will bring my phone and give people my number so we don’t get lost in the sea of humanity and find each other. The parade starts at 8 AM but we need to start running back around 7:15 AM. If we leave too late we will get thrown off the route.

It is going to be cold so you need to dress appropriately. You much bring a hydration system or a bottle of water and money for beer, warm drinks or goodies afterwards. Email Coach Steve if you want to join me or have questions.

Parade Focused, Steve Mackel – SoCalRunning.com co-founder, since 2006

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