How Erik Valiente maintains order and keeps his Blacklistla runners safe
Speedsters sometimes sprint from streetlight to streetlight, but they always wait for backof-the-packers. ‘This is not a race, but an experience around Los Angeles,’ says Valiente. ‘Everyone is prepared to stop if gaps start forming.’
Everyone shouts warnings about cars, uneven pavements and approaching pedestrians.
Moving to music
Ten ‘Pulsers’ are dispersed through the crowd, carrying stereos that play reggae, hip-hop and rock music to keep runners on pace. ‘Pulsers keep you safe and lead the way,’ says Valiente. ‘If you hear music, you are close enough to someone who knows what they're doing.’