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Last update June 19, 2013

Pasadena Pacers Philippe's Run
See the photos from the 2013 run.

Philippes run elevation mapOn the 3rd Saturday in May the Weekend Warriors join the Pasadena Pacers for their annual 10 mile run to historic Philippe's Restaurant and home of the French Dip sandwich, then ride back on the Gold Line. The Pacers also have a 5.6 mile version that starts at the Rose Bowl but is all on streets. Bring at least one bottle depending on the weather. It is a lot of fun and we are always looking for new routes. Bring your TAP Card or buy one and load it with sufficient cash at your first station for the train fare. Get off at the Chinatown station - 3rd stop - and walk west on Alameda 2 blocks to Philippe's. Expect to wait in line for a while if you are in the slower running group. Departing Philippe's, walk 2 blocks west to Union Station. The Gold Line is on tracks 1 & 2. All day parking cost at the Del Mar Station Metro underground lot is $2 with your Metro train TAP card.

Philippes run startSome of us start at 7am from the Del Mar Gold Line Station in Pasadena with the rest of the group and follow the 10 mile route for 6 miles on the Arroyo Seco trails until we come to the end of the bike path and take the Gold Line train the rest of the way in. We take the pedestrian bridge across the Arroyo and 110 Pasadena Freeway over into Sycamore Grove Park and turn left. There are bathrooms there if you need it. Exit the park at the SW corner on to N. Figueroa St. Cross over and go up Woodside Dr. to the Southwest Museum Gold Line station. By taking the Gold Line the rest of the way from the Museum Station we avoid the last 4 miles of streets.

Philippes SW station cutoff map Philippes run finish

Below is taken from the Pasadena Pacers Face Book page:

The annual Philippe's Run is the one Saturday of the year when our training run is transformed into a destination run for ALL Pacers. This event is a blast as we run a straight out distance of about 9.7 miles to Philippe The Original Restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles. This route is a combination of trails, Arroyo Seco Bike Path, and inner city sidewalks. This year's event will be extra special since the 10 Mile Challenge runners will graduate upon finishing the run. Join us for the adventure...change of running scenery, good food, and new friends from fellow running groups!

Meet Coach Dave at the usual place and time. He will provide you with the full details on your combined run/metro adventure to Philippe's. Bring enough cash to ride the metro to/from ($1 for metro card pass + $1.50 per boarding) and for breakfast. After breakfast, you will take the Gold Line back from the Chinatown Station to the Del Mar Station where friendly Pacers will give you a ride back to the Rose Bowl to retrieve your vehicles.

Go to the Del Mar Gold Line Station. Park in the subterranean parking and walk up to the street level (the group will meet by the entrance to the subterranean parking). Please be ready to run at 7:00 a.m. sharp! We want to arrive before they stop serving breakfast and about the same time that the Pre-Conditioners arrive. Bring cash for food and for the metro ride back ($1 for metro card pass + $1.50 per boarding). Don't forget to bring water (there will only be one water station at Mile 6). After breakfast, you will take the Gold Line back from the Chinatown Station to the Del Mar Station. Save your Gold Line ticket - it serves as a parking validation to exit the station parking lot.

The route is a bit tricky so everyone should wear their Pacer red t-shirt. There are plenty of Pacers who have done this run in the past and know the route, so stay with them. There will be sweepers but we advise that you run with at least one other Pacer. Dr. Smith will have hard copies of the directions available at the start of the run. If you want, you can bring extra clothing and we will have a bag drop-off vehicle that will bring your bag to Philippe's (thank you Dr. Smith!).

1. From Del Mar Gold Line Station, run south on Raymond Ave and then go west on W. Del Mar Blvd to S. Orange Grove Blvd 2. South on S. Orange Grove Blvd to Arbor St (1/2 block) 3. Right on Arbor St to S. Arroyo Dr 4. South on S. Arroyo Dr to driveway leading to Archery Range and pick up the trail on the east side of the Arroyo Seco 5. Continue on the south trail past the golf course, park, and Cal Trans lot to dog park 6. At dog park, go through opening down onto the Arroyo Seco Bike Path 7. Run about 1.5 miles south on the bike path and exit at cement ramp 8. Run parallel to the Arroyo Seco to end of the park on the left (1/4 mile) and turn right onto Mosher Ave (first small street) 9. Run on Mosher Ave to Avenue 43 (water station will be half way down the block on the left) 10. Left on Avenue 43, up the hill to Griffin Ave 11. Right on Griffin Ave to N. Broadway (about 2 miles) 12. Right on N. Broadway (at Arco Station) 13. Bear left on N. Spring St 14. Bear left on N. Alameda St 15. South on N. Alameda St to Philippe's (1001 N. Alameda St, L.A., 90012

5.6 MILES route detailed list and map.
9.7 MILES route detailed list and map.

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