There are a few things you’re guaranteed to see on campus at UCLA: crowds of international tourists snapping photos of Royce Hall, philanthropic groups handing out flyers on Bruin Walk, and dedicated fitness fanatics running the challenging four-mile trail around the campus perimeter.
If you’re like me, you love to run but dread the bore-me-to-tears monotony of indoor treadmills. Coming to UCLA as a freshman, I immediately researched outdoor trails nearby that would satisfy my running needs. What I found was UCLA’s perimeter run. Although the distance is fairly short – only 4 miles – The steep hills on Sunset Blvd. and Hilgard Ave. make it worth your while. Over the past few years I’ve easily done the run hundreds of times. Breaking a sweat outside is great, but I also love that there is a certain social aspect to it. Given the popularity of the trail, no matter the hour of the day, you’re guaranteed to pass anywhere from five to twelve people on your run.
If you’re not feeling up to the task of running up all of the steep inclines, even walking the perimeter will do the trick for effective low-impact cardio. The trail winds up the steeply-inclined nd famous street, Sunset Blvd., where you pass the outskirts of Bel Air and Beverly Hills. It then leads you through the heart of Westwood on Gayley Ave. and Le Conte Ave., and finally past sorority row on Hilgard Avenue. The trail is easy to follow – UCLA’s campus will always be in sight – and there are blue and gold paw prints on the sidewalk to mark half-mile points. If you’re ever in the area and in the mood for a challenging outdoor run, the UCLA perimeter is definitely worth a try.