We are so happy to welcome Lawrence Gilliam to the Suite Run Podcast! Lawrence is a 16x marathoner (bonus: he qualified for Boston!) and the Captain of Black Men Run Los Angeles. This Stanford alum has been married to his wife Nikki for 25 years and they have two adult children. Lawrence truly loves running and his race schedule for 2022 is very impressive (and fun!). In this conversation we chat about Lawrence's running journey and then we dive into all things LA, location of this year's Super Bowl. This vibrant and culturally diverse city has so much to offer for runners. Lawrence brings it with some really unique and exciting recommendations on where to RUN, dine out, race, hang out and more in Los Angeles. We hope you love this chat and definitely hit Lawrence up for a run when you come to LA!

Enjoy our conversation!

Lawrence's recommendations for Inglewood:

1. Run with Keep it Run Hundred run group (They meet on Thursdays at 7:00 PM for a three mile run) on Market Street in Inglewood. Meet in front of Cafe Sip and Sonder. The run includes running down Prairie, past SoFi stadium, past the Forum.
2. Run with Black Men Run Los Angeles. The group meets at the Playa del Rey beach path every Saturday at 7 AM.
3. Kenneth Hahn State Park (Beautiful, varied running terrain - great views)
4. Ed Vincent Park
5. Palisades Park (In Santa Monica. Grass and dirt terrain overlooking the ocean.)


1. The Coffee Company (In Westchester - they have a great breakfast menu).
2. The Wood (Located on Market St. - great BBQ).
3. Fiesta Martin (Mexican food).
4. Azla vegan Ethiopian food.
5. Ethiopian food in Little Ethiopian on Fairfax
6. Melody Bar and Grill (outdoor seating and bar)
7. The District (Located on Crenshaw Blvd.)
8. Pip's La Brea (Jazz Club with food, music and cigar patio)


1. The Biltmore Hotel (Downtown LA)
2. The Westin Bonaventura Hotel


1. LA Marathon
2. Long Beach Marathon (and Half)
3. Firecracker series (5k and 10k)

Places of Interest

1. Pack a picnic in Kenneth Hahn Park and view the sunset.

Running Store

1. Fleet Feet Brentwood
2. Village Runner (Manhattan Beach)
3. Roadrunner Sports

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