13.1 Marathon: Street Closures This Sunday!

The Allstate 13.1 Marathon will be held this Sunday, January 13th. The race starts (7am) at Rose and Ocean Front Walk, proceeds down Ocean Front Walk to Venice, heads East to Ocean Ave and then South to the Marina. The race will be finished by noon.

Allstate 13.1 Marathon Venice

The organizers will have entertainment stations along the course. This includes: “Bands, Performances, Cheer Squads, Community Group Aid Stations and Dj’s pumping tunes that will keep you movin’ all through out the fun-filled 13.1 mile course”.

The following streets will be closed:

Pacific Ave. at Venice Blvd. – 6:45am – 7:45am
South Venice Blvd. – 6:45am – 8:00am
Ocean Ave. – 6:45am – 8:30am
Vista del Mar (between Culver and Grand Ave) – 6:00am – 12 noon

Marina del Rey will have runners on Admiralty Way between 6:45am – 9:00am.

RIP: Huell Howser

Sad to report that “California’s Gold” host Huell Howser died yesterday at his home of natural causes. He was 67. Howser had announced his retirement in November of last year.

Huell Howser Venice Beach

Huell in Venice, 2005. Click the image to watch the video.

A native of Tennessee, Huell began his television career at WSM-TV in Nashville after receiving his B.A. degree from the University of Tennessee, serving on the staff of a United States Senator and a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Howser later joined WCBS-TV in New York City as host of a magazine-style series. He then came to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS-TV. Huell joined public television station KCET/Los Angeles in 1987 to produce “Videolog,” a series of short programs featuring the stories of people from all walks of life. This show became “California’s Gold”, and was the longest running (19 years) and most beloved series about California ever produced. Continue reading