LA marathon lights

16 Mar



Brian and I decided to change-up our normal routine of sitting on the couch with takeout and a movie on Friday night (welcome to married life) and instead ventured out to Hollywood (gasp!) to get a view of the LA marathon lights. For those of you who don’t live in Los Angeles, this weekend was the LA marathon. For a gal who doesn’t run unless in danger of being hit by oncoming traffic, I am completely wowed and inspired by the people who conquer the 26.2 mile run. It’s simply mind-blowing to me. I still can’t fathom how it’s humanly possible to make it from Dodger Stadium to The Santa Monica pier using only your legs.

In celebration of the marathons 30th anniversary, Asics, the official sponsor of this years event lit up each mile, using 124 spotlights from 8:40 pm to 10:15 pm on Friday night. In hopes of getting a good view of it, Brian and I headed to the top of Runyon Canyon. We decided to make it a family affair and brought Frank along for the adventure. When we arrived we quickly realized we weren’t the only ones that had the brilliant idea to view the lights from Runyon Canyon- there were people everywhere. It was actually rather cool to see swarms of people come out to support the event and get a view of the lights.

Hiking up to the lookout in the dark with only a headlamp for light proved interesting. Especially wearing only flip-flops for foot support (I’ve had better ideas) while being dragged by an excited pup (seriously, I think it was Franks favorite Friday night to date. Homeboy was jazzed.) The whole scene was very reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project.



Once we made it up to the top, Brian set up his camera equipment while Frank and I said our “hellos” to the people around us. Frank is quite the diplomat. For as long as I have lived in Los Angeles I have never seen this view of LA at night. Probably because it is illegal to be within Runyon Canyon after dark- strength in numbers, people! The view of the sparkling city below was breathtaking. It was so clear. I could spot so many landmarks. At 8:40 pm sharp the marathon spotlights were turned on and there was an audible gasp. It was so beautiful and so inspiring.





To see the panoramic photograph (it’s pretty epic) along with Brian’s blog post click here




15 Responses to “LA marathon lights”

  1. Miss Lynzie March 16, 2015 at 11:29 am #

    SO COOL! xo

  2. barbarapotter March 16, 2015 at 11:48 am #


  3. mybrightlife March 16, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

    Wow. Great work! Must be quite the event!

  4. Shauna841505 March 16, 2015 at 1:19 pm #


  5. Mark March 16, 2015 at 2:10 pm #

    Frank is a great L.A.tour guide!!!! Great pictures!!!!

  6. Amy March 16, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

    These photos are so beautiful – and what a great Friday night date! We are usually sushi and movie people on Fridays too…What a beautiful way for LA to celebrate the marathon 🙂
    Side note: I’ve done this hike at nighttime too – I didn’t know it was illegal – oops!

    • kate365til March 17, 2015 at 7:48 am #

      Yum! I could easily get down with a sushi and movie combo on Friday nights.
      I didn’t know it was illegal either until we were leaving and there were cops everywhere! I blamed it on Frank 🙂

      • Amy March 17, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

        Frank is definitely living the thug life 😉

      • kate365til March 18, 2015 at 3:19 pm #


  7. righteousbruin9 March 16, 2015 at 5:14 pm #

    Mass illegality in LA! Shows what City Hall knows. The lights are truly awesome. This is a good example of how the magic stays in a marriage- the element of adventure is everything.

    • kate365til March 17, 2015 at 7:46 am #

      I always love your comments. I couldn’t agree more. It felt good to get out of our normal routine and go on a little adventure!

  8. Janice March 17, 2015 at 5:44 am #

    Kate, this is so beautiful! And what a fun adventure – hiking at night with Frank. Love it. Thank you for sharing.

    • kate365til March 17, 2015 at 7:43 am #

      Thank you, Janice! It really was a gorgeous view 🙂

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