Super Bowl 10K Redondo Beach
Race Guide, Hennessey's And The Beer Garden
The Michelob Ultra beer garden is a celebration after the 10K.
Super Bowl 10K 2013 Date: Feb. 3
One of the largest 10Ks on the West Coast is probably its craziest.
For years, it's been about an expression of attitude, a celebration before the big celebration, a cause for costumes at times other than Halloween or Surfest.
The Redondo Beach Super Bowl 10K is the first post-New Year event on the South Bay's social calendar. It is a Los Angeles tradition that has been around almost as long as the "Big Game."
Babes with beers in the beer garden!
People pack the Michelob Ultra beer garden
at the finish line.
The 49ers fans get primed up for the game in the beer garden.
The scenic course shines with perfect weather in 2013.
The 2013 race was one of the best ever, due in part to the perfect weather. It was sunny, warm (even a bit hot) and gorgeous. The Michelob Ultra beer garden was about as packed as at any time in the event's 35-year history, and because of the ideal weather, nobody wanted to leave the beer garden.
Costumes included 49ers fans, elephants and peanuts with buggies, several tu-tus and, of course, the people dressed as fish who would frequently reverse couse and start "swimming" upstream.
REGISTRATION: You can do it on-line at the Official Website/Sign up. but save the fee and go to a Village Runner store in Riveria Village or the strip mall on PCH in Manhattan Beach between Target and Marine ($35).
Some runners can't wait for the beer garden to start their Super Bowl party.
The race is on – in the beer garden to finish the free Michelob Ultras!
The beer garden brings out the smiles on Super Bowl Sunday.
These people run as fish swimming upstream and do the 10K every year.
Some of the nearly 10,000 runners at the start of the Super Bowl 10K.
The perfect run is capped by the perfect finish – a beer garden!
For 35 years, it has filled the streets of this seaside beach community, attracting around 10,000 participants.
The course begins and ends at King Harbor Marina, goes down palm tree-lined Catalina Avenue, makes a pair of turns in Riviera Village that leads to the sea – PubClub suggests a stop a Hennessey's Tavern, which is at the 3-mile mark of the 6.2-mile run – down the Esplanade for a beautiful morning view of the blue Pacific Ocean, up a block-long and huffing and puffing hill at the Redondo Pier and back onto Catalina.
From there, it's all downhill to the beer garden.
The running highlight is along the Esplanade with its unobstruced, full viewof the ocean. That's right before the toughest part, the short but steep hill up Torrance Blvd., to Catalina Ave. And once you reach the top, you are greeted by a rise for about a block on Catalina before it gives way to a long, somewheat steep descent. Runners then make a U-turn and quickly there is another turn just before the finish.
It's not uncommon for it to start in the fog, but that soon gives way to sun and fun.
Team PubClub got creative for this Super Bowl 10K.
The human tiki on the move in the 10K.
This is really "pooling" your resources to run the 10K.
This guy rolls along with music to entertain the runners.
Palm trees line Catalina Ave., for miles two and three.
Runners head into the area of shops, bars and restaurants in Riviera Village.
Ocassinally it rains, as was the case in 2008.
Rounding the curve in the Village; this is whee PubClub peels off for Hennessey's.
The Esplanade's full view of the Pacific provides a great running experience.
Many of the participants are just getting geared up for the Super Bowl, which starts several hours later. Heck, the beer garden may well be the biggest Super Bowl Party they will attend all day.
This is fitting for a community that thrives on what PubClub.com likes to describe as "exercise and socialize." The South Bay has a large number of people who run frequently, not so much for the exercise but so they don't get too much of a gut from the glut of parties around here.
With local pubs sitting like a welcome mat at exactly the halfway point and a huge beer garden at the end as the ultimate prize, the Redondo Beach 10K is the perfect mix between that exercise and socialize mentality. PubClub.com always makes a stop in Hennessey's Tavern for one – and sometimes two – beers, then continues on the course for the final three miles.
And all fun that comes to a head in the Michlob Ultra beer garden, where runners get beers from Muchelob Ultra. It's in Seaside Lagoon, which is really a sand box in King Harbor Marina.
A couple of years ago, the ABC imposed a one-beer limit in the beer garden, though Michelob Ultra officials say they will work on increasing that back to two, or perhaps even three, in the future. Hopefully that kicks in this year.
The run complete, it's party time in the beer garden.
Of course, a Super Bowl 10K has cute referees!
The Village People entertain in the beer garden.
These are the Runaway Brides, one of the more creative 10K costumed groups.
The empties prove that it's an Ultra fun beer garden.
A beach, palm trees and costumes make this a unique 10K.
The beer garden
expanded a bit in 2012 in Seaside Lagoon.