Los Angeles Marathon
The LA Marathon (formerly the City of Los Angeles Marathon) is an annual running event held each spring in Los Angeles, California. The 26.219 mile (42.195 km) footrace, inspired by the success of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, has been contested every year since 1986. The 27th edition of the marathon took place on March 18, 2012. The marathon is currently sponsored by Asics, and thus its official title is the Asics LA Marathon. The LA Marathon route has been fequently modified over recent years, making it flatter and faster.
Hotels Near The Marathon
Check our › list of hotels near the marathon, to make your trip as comfortable as possible. Stay at a good hotel to be fit at the starting line, and recover after the marathon!
The race starts at Dodger Stadium. From there runners head east, through downtown LA, past Echo Park and Silver Lake towards Hollywood. They are then directed to Beverly Hills, past Century City and West Los Angeles on the way to Santa Monica where the race ends at the coast on Ocean Drive.
Comments about the race are mixed. There have been two main complaints. One has been that the initial 3 mile stretch along narrow roads, slows many runners, preventing many possible personal best times. Also the journey through Boyle Heights in East LA (a major eyesore) is not always appreciated. However, others congratulate the course and speak highly of running past Hollywood Blvd and the Venice area.