Los Angeles Marathon Blog Recaps

Los Angeles City Marathon

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The next event will be: Sunday, March 19th, 2017.
Approximate cost is: $160
Registration by lottery (yes/no): No
Maximum allowable race time is: 6 hrs 30 min
Summary: The race begins at Dodger stadium and runs to the ocean in Santa Monica. It attracts over 25,000 runners each year and spots will typically sell out, making it one of the largest marathons in the US.

Blog Recaps:

“Another mistake I made – when I registered, I did not put in a past marathon time. This meant that I was not put into a corral. This meant that I was not with those of the same pace (I was way behind the 5:30 pacer, to give you an idea) . This meant that I spent the first three miles weaving in and out of people, which ultimately added .5 miles to my race.”

Los Angeles City

“I headed to the shuttle pick up location at the Santa Monica City Hall. With registration of the marathon, a shuttle to the start is provided, this makes for an easy way to get to the start line, not having to worry about finding a ride or driving to the start only to figure out how to get back to your car. The lines to the shuttle were not bad at all, maybe 30 seconds to wait for the next shuttle to pull up and load into a seat. After a 20 minute ride on the shuttle, we were dropped off at Dodger Stadium.
Getting to the stadium just past 5:00 am, I was able to sort the important things out. Where is the gear drop, the corral locations and most importantly, where are the bathrooms to use prior to the race.”
“I was able to see and run along side some of the major landmarks LA has to offer that I otherwise would have to drive to see. Runners were treated to Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Blvd, Beverly Hills, and a beautiful finish along the coast in Santa Monica.”

“This race has been sponsored by Honda for as long as I can remember but this year Asics is the title sponsor…
They’ve moved the expo back to the Convention Center this year… ”

“the LA Marathon … was a well organized, albeit HUGE, marathon that may join my annual gammat of races. It doesn’t live up to the high standards set by the San Fran marathon, but what’s great is now the two marathons are working together and have a “Finish Them Both” challenge.”
“my first qualm with the LA Marathon are the logistics for transportation, getting to and from the start/finish areas, and parking. The race takes you from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica beach by way of Hollywood Blvd, Sunset Blvd, Santa Monica Blvd, and many other thoroughfares. So how does one get to and from? Well, you wake up at 2am (Yes, 2AM for some people!), drive to Santa Monica to park your car in a parking lot ($15) and try to snag one of the charter busses headed back to Dodger Stadium (depending on when you reserve this shuttle, you could be leaving Santa Monica anywhere from 2:30am to 5:30am). This way, when you finish the race, you can hop in your own car and speed outta there. After paying $150+ for the marathon and $15 for parking and shuttle, I was about spent (haha) on dishing out any more funds for this race.”

“I also really loved the huge mile markers – aren’t they great? You could see them from so far away. Most races I feel like I miss the mile markers entirely! I was definitely impressed with the race organization.”
“One really cool thing about the ASICS LA Marathon this year is that they offered a “Support Your Marathoner” feature which gave friends and family the opportunity to send in messages for you that would pop up on a screen during the race after you ran across a special tracker. Between miles 7 and 8, we crossed one of the trackers, and I glued my eyes to the screen, hoping to see something for me. And what do you know: after a few messages for others, a video popped up from Matt and his dad cheering me on!! I let out a huge gasp and “AWWWWW!!!””

“I had a few complaints about the race organizers lack of preparation for the race. One of my main ones was that we had to walk several blocks to get water after the finish. I could have used water and electrolytes immediately. There was a runner being carried by volunteers to the water after the finish line, no wheel chairs in sight. This is completely unacceptable. I also read later that Gatorade ran out along the course. The aid stations were looking thin when I rolled through and I finished in the top 1/3 of runners. I ran Chicago in comparable heat and LA was much more miserable because the organizers were NOT prepared. In Chicago there were sponges and ice available on the course in about 10 different spots. In Chicago there were fire hoses every mile spraying down runners who wanted it. I only saw 2 fire hydrants open on Sunday. I was pretty ticked off at race organizers on Sunday and I feel strongly that they should have been better prepared.”

Santa Monica ocean

“The last few miles were mostly downhill. What a freaking blessing. I wanted to make out with whoever designed the course. At mile 24 I got that race-changing feeling of knowing I was going to finish, and finish STRONG. I turned up my pace a little and started picking people off.”

“…there were a ton of people cheering and handing out food all of the time on the course. It was awesome to see and helped me to get through the course. Some of the more popular items are oranges, bananas, pretzels and water.”
“Since the LA Marathon ran out of Gatorade, even though they said it would be at every odd mile, we ran into a gas station to buy one as we went down Hollywood Blvd.”

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