Video: New LA Marathon route expected to be among fastest in LA Marathon history
Posted Nov 13 2009 10:00pm
LOS ANGELES, Calif.– Marathon officials today unveiled the detailed 2010 route that, for the first time, takes runners from downtown Los Angeles all the way to the scenic coastline. The new Stadium to the Sea course, starting at Dodger Stadium, will wind its way through Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica on the way to a picturesque finish in front of the Pacific Ocean.
Along the way, runners will pass signature sites, including El Pueblo de Los Angeles (the city’s birthplace), Los Angeles City Hall, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Kodak Theater (home of the Oscars®), the Sunset Strip, historic Route 66, Rodeo Drive and the Santa Monica Pier.
The course, which trends downhill and loses roughly 400 feet start to finish, is expected to be among the fastest courses in LA Marathon history.
“We are thrilled to see such a great response to the Stadium to the Sea route,” said LA Marathon President Russ Pillar. “We designed this iconic course with runners in mind, and expect it will quickly make the Los Angeles Marathon a ‘must run’ among the world’s major marathons. We encourage runners to register early to get under the cap and ensure they’re part of this very special event.”
Already, runners are signing up at unprecedented levels, and organizers intend to cap the number of participants at 25,000. Even before the course announcement, registration was running more than 75 percent ahead of the 2007 pace, the Marathon’s biggest year to date with more than 24,000 participants. As course details circulate, organizers anticipate another wave of sign‐ups. Marathon officials encourage runners who have not yet signed up to do so online at www.lamarathon.com.