Pasadena 5k and Half Marathon Helpful Hints

The Pasadena 5K and Half Marathon is finally here!!! Let’s get excited. Below are some helpful hints that should make race day easier and less overwhelming.

Please refer to the website for official bib pickup, race day information (e.g., parking, road closures, other details), etc..

Official Race Bib Pickup and Pacers Wristband Pickup:

Registered runners/walkers can go to any of the remote pickup locations that are listed in the website. Brookside Golf Course/Restaurant is the Pasadena area local remote pickup location. Brookside will be open Friday from 11 am – 6 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Pacers can also pick up their wristband for entry into the Rose Bowl Locker Room from Carol Rader-Meislin, our club’s president, at (or right outside of) the Brookside remote bib pickup location. Pacers MUST HAVE A WRISTBAND to enter the Locker Room – Rose Bowl security will be guarding the entry and will require a wristband – another Pacer will NOT be able to let you in.

Please remember that giving (or selling) a bib to another person, wearing another person’s bib, copying or making a counterfeit bib, and/or running in the race without a bib (“bandit”) can lead to disqualification (of both participants) and being banned from future races.

Getting to the Rose Bowl on Race Day:

For the past few years, traffic to the Rose Bowl on race day has been horrible, so please plan accordingly. Refer to website for road closures, etc.

The race website recommends that all participants be to the Rose Bowl by 6:00 am. To avoid the traffic, we suggest getting to the Rose Bowl much earlier than 6 am, We suggest that participants get to the Rose Bowl early and park (and rest in their car, if it’s really early) and then head to the Locker Room to hang out with other Pacers.

Rose Bowl Locker Room and Pre-Race Photo and Warmups:

The Locker Room should be open by 5:30 am and will stay open until after the race.

Pre-race photos will be taken in the Locker Room around 6:30 am. Everyone should wear Pacers red shirts, jackets, and/or gear.

Do NOT leave any valuable items (or things you aren’t OK losing) in the Locker Room — Pacers, Rose Bowl, and/or others are NOT responsible for any lost or missing items.

Pacers Water/Cheer Stations:

Pacers and their friends and family will be at the water/cheer stations located at approximately miles 3 and 8.75 on Colorado Blvd. Volunteers are still needed and can find more information and sign up on the race volunteer page.

Note that Pacers are not responsible for any items left at the Pacers’ water/cheer stations during the race. Runners should give their jackets or other items directly to an accountable friend or family member. Items thrown on the ground at the water/cheer stations will be donated to a local charity.

Post-Race Activities:

After the race have fun — hang out, find other Pacers, congratulate other runners and walkers, and take photos. Post photos with the hashtag #pasadenapacers and/or #pacerstogether2020. The Locker Room will be open until after all race participants complete the race.