Course Experience

House of Blues Music Forward Foundation SUNSET STRIP HALF MARATHON AND 5K

Course Experience

You’ll kick off your tour of the Sunset Strip and neighboring communities between West Hollywood Park the illustrious Pacific Design Center. The first stretch takes you south along one of the longest streets in the county – La Cienega. You’ll then make your way toward that glorious pillar of all things glitz and glamour, the Beverly Center.

Next up is your ultimate tour challenge – make it to the top of the climb up San Vicente and the Sunset Strip is your oyster. Take in the sights, sounds, and history, on this out and back section of the course, as you make your way past iconic landmarks denoting pivotal moments that made rock history. Make your way back down those devil stairs and onto the last leg of your tour – an out and back on Santa Monica Blvd, California Highway Route 2 – that leads you into the final stretch and back into the heart of West Hollywood. While Sunset has the grit, Santa Monica Blvd has the glory.

Finish strong where you started and recover while basking in the hospitality of local businesses that respect and recognize you and all your rock glory!

Course Description

Your 13.1-mile tour of the Sunset Strip and its raucous neighbors kicks off at the foot of the famed Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood’s Design District. The first leg is a tribute to excess that takes you past the high-end shops of Melrose Ave, then down La Cienega Blvd towards another pillar of glitz and glamor, the Beverly Center. Next, a quick jaunt on Beverly Blvd gets you warmed up for the main event: a 200-foot climb up San Vicente Blvd that’s rewarded with the spoils of the Sunset Strip. This is why you came: revel in the iconic clubs and hallowed haunts that line this headlining out-and-back along Sunset Blvd. Then gather some downhill speed on your return to San Vicente for an encore out-and-back along historic Santa Monica Blvd. Get the last of your kicks on Route 66, the home stretch that leads you back into the heart of WeHo. Your tour wraps up with a loud finish at the starting line where local businesses will be throwing a party fit for the Zeppelin boys themselves.

The 5K route cuts straight to the main act: the steep climb up San Vicente, followed by the Sunset Strip’s greatest hits and the mighty downhill that will send you soaring through the tape and into the Finish Line Festival.

Pace Leaders

We are excited to offer 5 Pace Leaders for the Half Marathon.  Look for them at the Start Line- they will be holding Finish Time signs.  The Finish Times will be:






Event Strategy

Whether you’re running the half marathon or the 5K, the Strip and its nearby neighborhoods will keep your pulse high and your feet fast with live music and cheering spectators. Make sure to save some steam for the climb up San Vicente, and use the downhills to pick up your pace. As with any race—and especially with a course that runs the rocking length of the Sunset Strip—be aware of your surroundings and enjoy the experience!

Runner and Spectator Parking

Pacific Design Center Parking
8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

Parking is available at The Pacific Design Center (PDC) which is located less than two blocks from the start and finish line. Parking at PDC will be $10 on race day. If you choose to use this lot, please know that the streets around the PDC will close at 6:15 a.m. on race day. Therefore, you have to be in the lot no later than 6:15 when the roadway is closed.

Directions and Access:
If you choose to use this lot we suggest you use La Cienega Blvd. to Melrose Avenue westbound and enter the PDC off Melrose. Please also know that these same streets will not re-open to vehicle traffic until 8:30 a.m.
At 8:30 a.m. Melrose will re-open to normal traffic and you will be able to exit the PDC parking lot at any point after that time.

Beverly Center Parking
8500 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

Parking is available at Beverly Center which is located approximately .6 miles to the start and finish line between N. San Vicente Blvd and N. La Cienga Blvd.  The center will be opening up Level 2 ONLY at 5:00 a.m. and all other levels will be opening at 8:00 a.m.  Parking will be $1 per hour for the first four hours and will increase to $2 per hour after.  Escalators will descend to N. La Cienga Blvd and Beverly Blvd.

Directions and Access:
Participants can enter the parking structure on N. La Cienga Blvd until 6:15 a.m.  Participants will go Northbound on La Cienga Blvd and make a left into the parking structure before Beverly Blvd.

Spectator Tips

The inaugural Sunset Strip course offers several prime locations for spectators to cheer on their friends and family running in the event:

  • At the race’s start in the Design District, spectators will be able to see runners head south towards the Beverly Center and north on San Vicente Blvd.
  • Further north on San Vicente, viewers will be able to cheer on runners as they conquer the climb or speed downhill towards Santa Monica Blvd.
  • On Sunset Blvd itself, fans will get a feel for the Sunset Strip culture while they watch runners crest the hill and head east towards La Brea Ave.


House of Blues Music Forward Foundation Sunset Strip Route Map (Half Marathon and 5K)

Sunset Strip Half Marathon Elevation Map

Sunset Strip 5K Elevation Map

Sunset Strip Half Marathon Map

Click image above to download a printable PDF of the route map.