Disclaimer: If you like fancy races with lots of swag and big expos… this is not the race for you. The Chinatown Firecracker Run is mostly supported by local businesses and products like imported Tiger Balm.
However, if you are native to LA or love you some culture, this race is AWESOME.
The 10k course is a loop starting in historic downtown Chinatown. After a Dragon Festivital Dance and the Lighting of 100 firecrackers (to celebrate the New Year) the race goes off.
The course is pretty hilly: it goes through Elysian Park, loops Dodger Stadium and ends running ON the 110 Freeway (my *favorite* part).
The local volunteers really get into supporting the runners which also helped make the experience just that much better.