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California > Rock & Roll Pasadena Half Marathon
Pasadena, CA  •  Sunday, February 17, 2013  •  Course Map  •  Series Calendar

The Rock & Roll Marathon Series arrives in Pasadena for just the second time ever in the late winter of 2013 with the running of the inaugural Rock & Roll Pasadena Half Marathon, which will be open to both runners and walkers for an out-and-back course that is set to start and finish at the Rose Bowl.

Like all of the races in the Rock & Roll Marathon and Half Marathon series -- which now numbers nearly 30 events across the U.S., Canada and Europe -- the Rock & Roll Pasadena race will feature live bands playing music throughout the course, stationed roughly every other mile and playing everything from rock to soul to pop. Cheerleading squads from local high schools, as well as thousands of local spectators scattered throughout the course, will also be on hand to cheer on runners throughout the race.

Runners and walkers will start the race at the Rose Bowl, the home field of the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) Bruins football team as well as the annual BCS bowl game that shares the same name. From there, the course will take runners first along Arroyo Boulevard through Brookside Park and Arroyo Seco Park, all the way south down to West California Boulevard, where they'll make a left turn to head east toward Orange Grove Boulevard, and make another left to head north.

Once runners reach the Norton Simon Museum and make the right turn onto Colorado Boulevard, the next stretch of the course brings them into downtown Pasadena, for long, straight stretches along both Colorado Boulevard and Green Street. Here, runners will pass by the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and Convention Center on their way along Green, which will be punctuated by a pair of brief out-and-back stretches, first along South Lake Avenue and then along South Wilson Avenue, which will bring runners and walkers along the edge of the campus of the California Institute of Technology.

There's a turnaround near the Fitzhugh House on the Cal. Tech campus, which then brings runners back north along Wilson Avenue to Green Street, where they'll make a left and retrace their earlier steps in reverse, heading west back in the direction of the Rose Bowl. They'll continue heading west all the way back along Green and Colorado Boulevard to Brookside Park, where they'll follow the highway to the ramp turn onto Linda Vista Avenue and then onto West Drive.

This starts the home stretch of the race, the final three miles that unfold around the edges of Brookside Park and the Brookside Golf Course, whose wide green fairways lie to the north of the Rose Bowl and double as the parking lot for football fans on UCLA game days. From West Drive, runners turn onto Washington Boulevard and then again onto Rosemont Avenue, which begins the final mile back into the Rose Bowl for the race finish.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in Southern California, just a short drive north from downtown Los Angeles and just south of the mountains of the nearby Angeles National Forest, Pasadena typically sees February temperatures that average between 70°F and 49°F, while precipitation amounts average just under 5.3 inches for the month, making February the city's wettest month of the year. On the day of the race (Feb. 17), the average high is 71°F and the average low is 46°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Rock & Roll Pasadena Half Marathon


$90 for the half marathon, if registered by October 31, 2012
$105 between November 1 - December 15
$115 between Dec. 16 - February 10
$150 at the race expo, if not sold out


To reserve your spot in the late winter 2013 running of Pasadena's Rock & Roll Pasadena Half Marathon, register online at RaceIt.com.

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