My sister and I conquered the bridge on Labor Day, September 7, 2015! Conquer the Bridge is in its 7th year. We ran across the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, 1,500 feet long, the 4th longest suspension bridge in California. 5.3 miles of fun!
The race begins at Harbor and 5th St. There’s street parking and a few lots around the area. There are plenty of porta potties at the start/finish area.
My running club, A Running Experience Club has a tent in the running club area which is nice for everyone to meet beforehand. There are club discounts for the race, too.
Dressing up in red, white and blue is great for this race, to honor the American labor movement and spirit of American workers.
The race begins with about a mile run to the on-ramp of the bridge.
On the bridge, you have great views of the Port of San Pedro.
The climb over the bridge is pretty awesome!
We walked some, took photos and just enjoyed the spectacular view. You can’t be on this bridge otherwise so we took our time to soak it all in.
We ran over the bridge and then there’s a little hill before the turn-around.
And we ran back over the bridge again, on the opposite side!
It was a very warm day and with an 8 am start time, it was pretty warm when we started. There was a water station just after the turn-around, before Mile 3, but I carried my Orange Mud hydration pack with me.
My awesome friend, Lorrie, was on the bridge, cheering people on! I love her sign!
We ran down the ramp with about a mile to go for the 5.3 miler.
There were many spectators at the finish!
The medals are cool! (Now that there’s a medal for finishers, shirts are an extra $10 and can be bought at the expo.)
So many friends ran this race and I always love seeing my running peeps before, during and after the race!
As a tradition, we always go to the Omelette and Waffle Shop for a post-race meal. They make the best waffles! The service is amazing and the food is really good. I always get the coconut waffle!
This race is a wonderful event for families. It’s great for walkers and runners. It’s challenging and worth getting up early for on Labor Day. This race was very special, this year, as I got to run with my sister. We had a great time, took photos and checked out the views! We conquered the bridge!
Your path, your pace, Tam