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The Home Run Series - “Dirt Mulholland” USA

Incredible routes around the world that athletes call home - Rich Roll's Home Run.

Rich Roll

Number 1 bestselling author, podcast host and lifestyle guru.

Rich Roll left being an entertainment lawyer over a decade ago, and since, has become somewhat of a legend in the world of healthy, green living. An ultra-endurance athlete who has competed in events from the UItraman World Championships to trials of his own devising such as the “Epic5 Challenge” - comprising of 5 ironman-distance triathlons in a week.

From a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol to a life changing realization around his 40th birthday that he needed to change who he was, Rich has become an advocate for healthy living in fitness, food and family, leading to him being named one of the 25 fittest men in the world by Men’s Fitness Magazine. He has been written about in the New York Times, Huffington Post, CNN, Men's Health, Triathlete Magazine, Netflix - and we were honored to talk to him about his favorite running route near his home in Malibu Canyon, Los Angeles.

The incredible journey of Rich Roll

What is your home run?

My favorite local run is Dirt Mulholland, which is a fire road trail extension of Los Angeles’ famous Mulholland Dr. It crests the hillside that divides Hollywood and LA’s Westside from the San Fernando Valley, providing amazing views of the coastline and the cityscapes. I like a 13 mile (20km) route that begins where Dirt Mulholland starts in the San Fernando Valley (at Toping Canyon Blvd.). I take it 6.5 miles (10.5km) to the Nike Missile Overlook and back.


What do you love about it?

Big climbs and descents, rollers and great views - it never gives you a break and always keeps you guessing.


What does it mean to you?

This is the route I trained the most in preparation for Ultraman 2009, which is my best ultra performance to date (6th overall). 


What’s one tip for someone who wants to run it?

Even on hot days, I generally don’t bring anything with me, as there is a bathroom and water fountain at the 1/2 mark (Nike Overlook). Also, the first 30 minutes are all uphill, so the key is start very easy and build into the run slowly.


See Rich Roll's home run below - or download it for you to run via Strava or Google.

Follow Rich:

Add your own home run to the series here or share it online with #onrunning #onhomerun 

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