Saturday, October 31, 2020 • Los Angeles, CA • Course Map
Runners get the chance to run the challenging hills and trails of a piece of Hollywood history at the Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon, which takes runners on an out-and-back course through this park in the middle of one of the nation’s largest urban areas that’s played a role in countless movies and television shows, from the 1955 James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause to shows like 24 and Alias.
It’s also the home of the world-famous Hollywood sign that looks out from the mountains above Los Angeles onto the studios and Sunset Strip below, and runners will get a close-up view of that plus the Bronson caves and more.
As in its first year, runners will start the out-and-back course for the race on Commonwealth Canyon Drive near the southern end of the park, overlooking the Roosevelt Golf Course and downtown L.A. to the south.
From there, the race heads into the hills, starting a route that features three out-and-back stretches that lead out to two different turnaround points, so runners can expect to see their fellow participants coming and going along different stretches of the race.
Along the way, the terrain is “tough and rugged,” according to the race organizers, as it unfolds along several trails within the park, with names like the Aberdeen, Hogback, Brush Canyon and Hollywood trails.
There will be four fully stocked aid stations spaced throughout the course, including one that runners pass twice.
That effectively works out to five aid station points during the 13.1-mile race, as runners will pass the second aid station a second time on the way back in during the race’s second half.
Runners will have 5 hours to complete the half marathon and will start in waves, though runners will all need to be at the starting line by the time the race gets going.
As the race organizers note, runners who arrive after the last wave has left the starting line will not be able to participate in the race. There will be no age group awards, but awards will be presented to the top 3 men and women overall in the race.
Like the Leona Valley Trail Half Marathon that takes place each October, the Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon is organized by , one of the running world’s most accomplished ultra-marathon runners who also works as a race director for events like October’s Los Pinos 50K trail race in California’s Saddleback Mountains.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled in the hills just north of downtown Los Angeles and south of Burbank in Southern California, Griffith Park typically sees October temperatures that average between the mid-50s and the low 80s, while rainfall totals average just over one inch for the month.
On race day (Oct. 31), the average low is 56ºF and the average high is 76ºF.
- 2019 Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon Results
See race website
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon, register online at UltraSignup.com here.
Official Race Website
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