By Monica Olivas
Racing is always a good idea…and the Lexus LaceUp Palos Verdes course is one of the many reasons that California is one of the happiest places to run. We’re sharing a sneak peek of the gorgeous course. Check it out and come join in the run this Saturday, November 18th!
The race starts near the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The course takes runners on a tour of gorgeous Palos Verdes neighborhoods lined with million dollar homes. The elevation profile below displays the rolling hills you’ll face on the Half Marathon course – so check it out before race day. It’s a challenging half marathon, but the ocean views make it more than worth it.
The morning sun highlights the Pacific Ocean and on clear race-day mornings, you can see all the way to Catalina Island. The PV race is the smallest in the Lexus LaceUp Running Series due to limited permit capacity, so you get to enjoy the sights and sounds of running along dramatic oceanside cliffs without the hassle of an overcrowded course.
The hills make the course challenging, but reward you with breathtaking views of the cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. (Tip – look closely and you might spot dolphins cheering you on!)
This is definitely a course to let yourself get lost in your surroundings. Then, celebrate your accomplishment at one of the best post-race parties in the game. The post-race festival offers a food truck experience unlike any other race series and a Sierra Nevada beer toast. Each participant gets a voucher to dine at one of the high-end food trucks invited to the party. Enjoy your ‘victory lap’ with the sea at your side, a medal around your neck and maybe some new running buddies. See you there!
Register here for any of the remaining Lexus LaceUp Races (Palos Verdes Nov. 18 and Riverside Dec. 3)
Monica is a Health Coach and RRCA certified running coach living in southern California. She blogs at www.RunEatRepeat.com sharing adventures of running and eating delicious food all across the USA. “RER” started as a way to document her weight loss journey and training for her first marathon – now it’s updated daily with tips, recipes and more! Follow her @RunEatRepeat