友人ＴＫさんと。 With a friend TK 4/5/2009 7:30 AM LA Thai Town 5K Run/Walk: Last Sunday, 4/5/09, I participated Thai Town 5K Run/Walk with my friend TK. It's a part of Thai New Year Festival event. It was starting at 8 AM, so I left home in Redondo Beach at 5:50 AM, picked up friend TK, got on to METRO Green Line, Blue Line, and Red Line trains, and arrived there at 7:20 AM. We finished registration and or picking up a numbered Bib and a T-shirt. The start and finish was at the corner of Hollywood Blvd.and Western Avenu。
5K走途中バーンスデール公園からの素晴らしいハリウッドの景観。 A Nice View of Hollywood from Barnsdall Park during 5K Run.
This 5K Run is the 2nd annual event, and held by Rotary Club of Thai Town. The proceeds go to the charity fund to end "Polio." About 90 runners participated. Some trucks delivering event booth items were blocking the race course, so the start was delayed to 8:20 or 8:25 AM. We ran or walked along Hollywood Blvd.to Vermont Avenue and came back to the start point. In the middle, we made 2 circles at Barnsdall Park Loop. It was a nice park with a running track with up-slopes and down-slopes with great view of Hollywood, overlooking "Hollywood" sign and Griffith Park Observatory.
Miguel Ruiz of Los Angeles was the first to finish at 15:29. Alberto Ramos of Los Angeles was the second at 15:56. Both are males in 20's. There was no age limit. 6 year-olds to a person around 75 participated. They did better than me. My friend TK finished little behind the middle at around 30 minutes. I was just a few numbers from the last at time of 40 something minutes. I did not expect this
I could not run well because I got heavier, at least 14 ponds (7 kg) heavier than March 2004 when I ran for LA marathon. It's like "Which comes first? Chicken or Egg ?" I don't lose weight because I don't run. It's hard to run because I am heavier. Well, I will try to run more often.
There was a Buddhist ceremony ( for Buddha's birthday) after the 5K run. About 80 Buddhist monks did water blessing to the people and walked along the Hollywood Blvd. The followers offered food and $1 bill money to the priests.
We stopped by at Muay Thai Boxing stage a few times, but we did not see any Muay Thai boxing matches going on. We participated Curry King Contest and saw a traditional Thai dance. After that we left Thai Town around 1 PM and went to Hollywood main strip (Hollywood Blvd and Highland Ave.) to walk around.
I researched a little bit on "Polio.": Polio (Poliomyelitis)(Link) "Six countries (Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Niger, Nigeria, and Pakistan) still have polio circulating, and the virus could be introduced to other countries. If the polio virus is imported into a country where not enough people have been immunized, there's the risk that it could spread from person to person. So until it has been eliminated worldwide, it's important to continue vaccinating kids against polio."(Source:KidsHealth.Org)
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