The Hard Rock Cafe 5K With A Side of Duran Duran

I may have tweaked my back last week but there was no way that I was going to be kept from the inaugural Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood 5K on Saturday.  I even got up at dark-thirty to take the train to the tourist heart of Hollywood (Hollywood and Highland).

Hard Rock Cafe 5K

It is dark in the car with my number. The “Good Luck” message was taken post race.

The plan was to meet my fellow SCLB member, Jennifer@RealMomofSFV at the start line and let her know that I was going to walk the distance due to my injury but let’s just say that I got a little caught up in the energy of 10,000 runners.  

Hard Rock Cafe 5K, Hollywood, running, RealMomofSFV

Getting caught up in the moment with Jennifer@RealMomofSFV at the Hard Rock Cafe 5K.

Just being on Hollywood Boulevard as the sun was rising was pretty special and so I ran more than I walked.  I wasn’t concerned about time (although I did come in 999th place – a cool number) but it was fun to learn that David Beckham and Eva Longoria were among the participants.

Hard Rock Cafe 5K, run, Hollywood

It was great to be in LA for an event like this but as a Duran Duran fan, I am sad not to be in NYC right now.   The David Lynch “Unstaged” movie is being screened at the MoMA tonight (twice!) with a Q&A and cocktail party with the band and I’m more than disappointed that I’m not in NY to attend this event.  To cheer myself up, I decided to get a little LA Duran fix that I hadn’t yet experienced since moving west!

First, I asked the Hard Rock Cafe if they had any Duran Duran memorabilia on-site.  They didn’t but they did show me this very cool Astronaut tour guitar that they have in one of their cafes in Africa.  I like the Astronaut album a lot.

Duran Duran, Astronaut, Hard Rock Cafe memorabilia

Duran Duran “Astronaut” guitar in a Hard Rock Cafe in Africa

Then I took a walk (which is unheard of in LA) because it was 80 degrees in November and took myself to see these 2 Duran-centric sights:

Capitol Records, Duran Duran, Walk of Fame

The iconic Capitol Records building (Duran’s old label) and the Duran star on the Walk of Fame.

I’m hoping that my fellow Duranies that will be attending the MoMA event will be on Facebook and Twitter and sharing details.  I’ll try my best not to mope or be bitter about not being there myself. I’m not holding my breath that there will be a similar LA event but it would certainly be nice! However, I am hoping that whenever Duran announces the 2014 tour dates for the new album, that this will be the year that I get prime seats and score a meet & greet ticket!  Fingers crossed!

If you are one of the people going to the MoMA event, I hope you’ll share details soon!

About Melissa Burton

I’m Melissa Burton, a recent transplant from Brooklyn, New York to Southern California. By profession, I’m a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. In my actual life I’ve been a million things ...

21 Responses to The Hard Rock Cafe 5K With A Side of Duran Duran

  1. Maribel Reyes

    Love your proud and accomplished smile in the picture you’re holding your medal. :D How exciting that you got to participate in this.

    • Melissa Burton

      Thanks Maribel! It was a fun race and yes, I’m a bit of a medal whore.

  2. Christie Moeller

    Looks Like fun!
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  3. Jennifer

    Had an awesome time with you on Saturday! Thanks for the shout-out in your post. :)
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    • Melissa Burton

      My pleasure! Hope we can run together soon and make a sweat date!

  4. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance

    You may be jealous of us NYCers with the MoMA event but I am jealous of you with the 80 degree weather! It’s in the 40s here today! That race looks like a lot of fun! :)
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    • Melissa Burton

      The husb took me for a hooky day to Malibu to cheer me up. It was a gorgeous day and one to appreciate LA but I still wish I was in NYC tonight!

  5. Jamie

    You’re really beginning to inspire me to try these one time… I’ve never been much of a runner, but being a part of a 5k seems so inspirational!!
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    • Melissa Burton

      Jamie, you need to try one of these fun runs! They’re really a blast. I bet there’s got to be a wine themed one near you.

  6. Allie Burdick

    You are awesome! Way to come in 999th with a bad back. Love that. So glad you were able to visit some iconic DD sites to cheer you. And 80 degrees? Yes please! Try 40.
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    • Melissa Burton

      Yeah, weather is great here but sometimes the world like to let everyone know that NYC really is the center of the universe. No joke that I’m kicking myself for not getting on a plane and coming to NYC to go to this event. It sucks that I’ll be in town in 2 weeks but just not in time for this event. Trying my best not to be bitter but it isn’t working well.

  7. Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl

    I remember being at some big concert at the Hyundai center. When 2 people w/ front row seats were leaving during the middle of The Cure and gave us there tickets. Guess who played after that? Ya. It was all about me and Simon. He locked eyes you know… ;-)
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  8. Nicole

    Did someone say, “David Beckham?”

  9. Chris

    Congrats, 999!! Hope your back is healing quickly. Great photos – LOVE the medal!
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