Monthly Archives: July 2007

On the Run in East LA

There is a great cross-country running culture in the Latino neighborhoods of Los Angeles. The running event of the summer in this community is the Aztlan Track Club’s Summer Indian Run. Many of the best cross-country runners in the Los Angeles area come out to Elysian Park to test themselves on this very steep and challenging course. With logs across the trails, mud pits and wide open fire hydrants blasting the competitors, this race is a blast. Continue reading

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Altitude Training Southern California Style

In order to be prepared for the upcoming Mt. Baldy race (8 miles – 6,000′ to 10,000′ ascent) on September 3rd, I’ve started to incorporate runs at high elevation into my schedule. Los Angeles County offers some of the best high elevation training in the country, with hundreds of miles of mountain trails at elevations from 4,000 to over 10,000′. Continue reading

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Bastille Day 5k – Kenyan Konquest

The Running Raw team duked it out with some of the best runners in the world today at the Bastille Day 5k in Irvine, CA. Large cash prizes attracted a highly competitive elite field from all over the US and Africa. Yes, Africa. Runners from Kenya, Morocco, Burundi and Ethiopia were on hand to challenge some of America’s best road racers at the 5k distance. Continue reading

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Will Rogers 5K & Carl Lewis Interview

After more than a week of not being able to run due to the intense leg trauma I suffered in the US Mtn. Running Championships, I decided to get a good workout in the Will Rogers 5K. This race, held in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles gathers one of the largest fields in California, as runners and spectators alike come out to celebrate our country’s independence from Great Britain. Continue reading

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