The Manhattan Beach 10k

Happy 40th anniversary to the Manhattan Beach 10k! This race is my favorite run of all time probably because it takes place in the South Bay, a region of Los Angeles that I have been able to call home for the past 15 years.

I have competed in this race over 10 times and it never gets old. The race course of the MB 10K is very scenic and runs through all of the different neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach. You start along an area known as the green belt and then run through the gorgeous neighborhoods of Manhattan Beach As you are running you can tell this really is a community run because most residents will be standing outside of their homes cheering you on. The course is pretty flat until the last mile where you have to run up a street called Rosecrans Ave; they nickname this part of the race “Heartbreak Hill.” Lucky for me, my boyfriend has pushed me up the hill so I can keep up with him during the final mile.  The final part of the race is on The Strand, which is a paved pathway that runs parallel to the sand and Pacific Ocean. You end the race at the iconic Manhattan Beach Pier and then it is time to cool down and have fun!! Another great part about this race is that all race profits are donated back to community and the event is ran by volunteers.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for next year’s race on October 6, 2018. 

The course:

By the way, here is how I did! I didn’t train and ran for fun but it still wasn’t a terrible time. My best time was sub 50 minutes one year.


Post Race Play!

It is always fun to celebrate after the race at the Manhattan Beach Hometown. I recommend the Beer and Wine Gardens to have fun after your 10k run. Bring cash to buy drinks and your driver’s license!!! The beer garden has a younger and more party atmosphere and the place to be if you are single. They also do serve wine at the Beer Garden if you really wine a glass of grapes; Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio only. The Wine Garden has a more relaxed vibe than the beer garden and obviously has more of a wine selection and more places to sit down and talk. If you get hungry there is fair food right outside of the beer and wine gardens. A healthier, local option is the Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ booth. I am obsessed with their grilled chicken and signature Impanema sauce. (basically honey mustard)

Cheers to another successful event and weekend.

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