It’s a fun event and it’s pretty cool to see the younger kids doing this.
It’s a 10k run. No, it’s a 10k walk. No it’s a 10k trail run. No, it’s a 10k hike. Well, it’s actually all of these, and which description applies, really depends on how you tackle it. The event is called the Monrovia Fountain to the Falls Run/Walk. Even though it’s considered a 10k race, it’s actually closer to 7 miles. What makes this event rather unique is that the route starts out about halfway through the Old Town district of Monrovia, California at the public library. It is here that you will find a large and beautiful water fountain, hence half of the inspiration for the name of this event. It then ascends up Myrtle Avenue through several streets worth of foothill neighborhoods (with an abundance of turn of the century craftsman homes, and ‘old money’ mansions), and then enters into Monrovia Canyon Park. The route through the park then becomes a hike, or trail run, for the last 1.5 miles on the trail to Monrovia Canyon Falls. The falls, though somewhat smaller than the falls on neighboring waterfall trails, are an impressive two tier type. The City of Monrovia hosts this event on the second Saturday morning in May, which makes for perfect timing when the falls are flowing very nicely.
Monrovia Canyon Falls
I have participated in this event (walking) for the past four years and my finish time has been improving each year. Last year I completed it in 2 hours and 3 minutes. This year my finish time was 1 hour and 50 minutes. I did run a few short stretches and also the last 1000 feet to the finish line. It’s a fun event and it’s pretty cool to see the younger kids doing this. They are pretty fast runners, and the fastest ones are usually coming back down from the falls when I’m just starting to enter the park.
The first runner, already on the way back down.
Early bird entry fee is $35.00 and $45.00 thereafter (usually about a week before the event). The fee gets you your numbered bib, a goody bag with commemorative T-shirt, and commemorative participant ribbon. The bibs have a sensor on them and it records your start and finish times when you pass through the start/finish line. There are also different classes of awards at the end of the event. Old Town Monrovia is really nice and there are a lot of cafes and brew pubs on Myrtle Avenue, which make for great stops after a really nice event like this.
Yay! We did it!
Total Length: 7 Miles
Trailhead Elevation: 750 ft
Falls Elevation: 1858 ft
Elevation Gain: 1110 ft (338 m)
Time: 1 hr, 50 min
Temperatures: Begin – 68 degrees, Turnaround – 71 degrees, End – 77 degrees
Difficulty: Moderate – Level 4
Trail Condition: 10k event, marked trails, and signs
Recommended gear: Sunblock; Sun Hat; Trail running shoes or light hiking boots
Agency: Monrovia Canyon Park
USGS topo map: “Monrovia Canyon Park”
People: 300 maximum participants.
Known For: Waterfall trail, community event
Best Time To Start: Start time is 7:00 am. It is not a ‘tiered’ start i.e. everyone takes off at the same time.
Park Website: City of Monrovia, California
Hike Weather: Monrovia, CA