June 06, 2009
Dear LA City Council: Bring the Marathon and Bike Ride back to March!
This year, in an unpopular decision, the LA Marathon / Acura LA Bike Tour was moved from its traditional date in early March to Memorial Day May 25th.
That the date change has not met with wide approval is a major understatement!
Because many participants go away for Memorial Day weekend many participants must make a decision whether to ride/run or go on their holiday.
Returning to the traditional marathon day in early March would eliminate this problem.
A petition has been created by Russ Pillar, President of the LA Marathon, that allows us a voice in persuading the Los Angeles City Council to vote to return to the original March date.
If you ever have, or ever plan to, participate in the Bike Ride, or even the Marathon, please take a moment to follow the link below and sign the petition endorsing the return to the original Marathon date.
I have pedaled in the 1998, 2001, and 2007 rides, and even blogged about the 2007 event in a 14 Part, picture filled, Series.
This afternoon I was the 3,945th person to sign the petition. ;-D
The petition can be found here.
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I rode the Acura LA Bike Tour this year, for my seventh time.
This year I got to do it twice, once with the crowd and then as the Official Sweep with the last rider finishing by 8:30, 1/2 hour after the runners start and just seconds within the wheelchair finisher.
It's a good thing they have a different finishing point or my bicyclists could have been ran over!
Happy safe bicycling, David
Posted by: David Nakai | Jun 6, 2009 9:28:34 PM