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Top Five Palos Verdes Experiences

Written by Sara Valerious of the Lexus LaceUp Running Series 

The Lexus LaceUp Running Series stops by Pelican Cove Park on Nov. 19, 2016. Just steps away from Terranea Resort, the event offers 5K, 10K and Half Marathon racing distances along the coast. 

Whether visiting Terranea for the day or staying over for the weekend, here are five things you should be sure to check out while on the Peninsula. For more information on the Lexus LaceUp Running Series, visit laceuprunningseries.com.

1) Stop by the South Coast Botanic Garden. Founded in 1961, the gardens are a stunning example of creative land reclamation and a city making some serious environmental improvements. Once an open pit mine, the site was sold to the County of Los Angeles and from 1956 to 1961, the area was used as a sanitary landfill assisting in the waste collection of Los Angeles’ growing population. You would never know today as the garden spans over 87 acres (10 of which are manicured) with exotic tree collections, hiking trails, a desert and succulent garden; there is so much to see and experience.

During the month of November, things are continually changing. Leaves are falling and the explosion of color will blow you away. On Sunday, Nov. 20, there will be a South Coast African Violet Lecture, teaching care instructions of the incredibly beautiful African Violet. Learn more at southcoastbotanicgarden.org

2) Have you seen the lighthouse on the LaceUp Palos Verdes finisher medal? Grace Meurer, the designer and winner of the Palos Verdes medal design contest, chose to showcase the Point Vicente Lighthouse. Be sure to visit the historical landmark for yourself! Erected in 1926, the Point Vicente lighthouse signals the northern end of the Catalina Channel. Unfortunately, you can only go into the lighthouse on the second Saturday of every month, but from outside you can catch a breathtaking sunset and stunning views of Catalina Island and the rocky shoals of Point Vicente—the Southern most point of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.

3) Treat yourself to an oceanside dinner overlooking Point Vicente Lighthouse and Catalina Island, at Nelson’s at Terranea. Offering California comfort favorites such as mahi mahi tacos, delicious microbrews and local wines. Make a reservation and check out the menu full of regional Southern California favorites, here.

4) See what lies beneath at the Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and Ecological Reserve. Be sure to visit when the tide is low. Maybe pop in on Sunday morning after the race to check out the tide pools. The diversity of wildlife living in each small pool is out of this world. Get up close (but please don’t touch) starfish, urchins and anemones. Please note, Portuguese Point is closed due to falling rocks, so head over to Inspiration Point, part of Albalone Cove Shoreline Park, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. Learn more here.

5) Run with the Lexus LaceUp Running Series on Nov. 19, 2016—LaceUp Palos Verdes is the race you have to check-off. What began as a picturesque marathon in the 1960s, has earned a reputation throughout the running community as one of the nation’s most challenging and iconic races. In fact, it was the country’s second-oldest continuously run marathon until it evolved into a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k as part of the Lexus LaceUp Running Series in 2014.

Participants start and finish above the scenic Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The course follows the road through grandiose residential neighborhoods with million dollar homes and flows along scenic coastal cliffs with views of Catalina Island in the distance. The course is known for its hills. It will be your race challenge of the year. But there is plenty to celebrate once you finish. Relax with a celebratory Sierra Nevada toast and brunch or enjoy free massages overlooking spectacular sea cliffs in the Lexus Lounge. Take advantage of this race and spa getaway only an hour from Los Angeles. Learn more at laceuprunningseries.com.

Photography Courtesy of LaceUp Running Series // Sean Ryan.

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