LA Marathon Guide 2017

  • 01 of 08

    LA Marathon 2017 Overview

    LA Marathon
    ••• LA Marathon. Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images

    Once a year the normally congested Los Angeles streets are blocked off for runners and bikes for the LA Marathon. The annual Los Angeles Marathon runs 26.2 miles past some of LA's most famous landmarks and through diverse neighborhoods with festivities all along the course from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean. Block Parties with live performances are spaced along the route to entertain fans while they're waiting for runners to pass. The biggest festivities are, of course, at the Finish Line Festival. Other events associated with the Marathon are the Health & Fitness Expo at Dodger Stadium and the Motivational Dinner the night before the race. The 5k run/walk will be held the day before the LA Marathon, and there is no bike tour.

    Except for one little block change in West Hollywood, the 2017 LA Marathon is scheduled to be run on the same Stadium to the Sea route as last year beginning at Dodger Stadium and running to the Santa Monica Pier, through Chinatown, Silverlake, Ho...MOREllywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

    You can now get the LA Marathon Smartphone App, with full course details, points of interest, race info, results tracking and social options.

    Pre-Marathon 5K Run/Walk: Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8:00 am - Dodger Stadium Lot G

    Marathon Race Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Start Times

    Wheelchairs: 6:30 am
    Hand Cycles: 6:32 am
    Elite Women Start: 6:45 am
    Elite Men and Full Field Start: 6:55 am

    LA Marathon Website: www.lamarathon.com

    LA Marathon Overview
    LA Marathon Details
    LA Marathon 5k Run/Walk
    Spectators and Family Members
    City Block Parties and Finish Line Festival
    Health and Fitness Expo
    LA Marathon Road Closures and Bus Route Changes
    LA Marathon Course Map with Metro Stations and Entertainment

    Information is accurate at the time of publication. Please check the event website for the most current information.

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  • 02 of 08

    The Marathon

    LA Marathon
    ••• LA Marathon runners passing the Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA. Photo by Alvin Robinson via Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Race Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

    Start Times
    Wheelchairs: 6:30 am
    Hand Cycles: 6:32 am
    Elite Women Start: 6:45 am
    Elite Men and Full Field Start: 6:55 am

    Starting Location: Dodger Stadium
    Entry Fee: Through Oct 31, 2016 - $175 , $250 with Premier Race Hospitality; Prices go up closer to the race;  LA Big 5K $40 by 2/1/17, $45 2/2 to 3/15/17. This year, participants also have an opportunity to Run for Charity, which requires registration through a separate portal. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. 
    Registration: www.lamarathon.com
    Parking: Runners are encouraged to park in Santa Monica and take the free shuttles to the stadium
    Info: www.lamarathon.com, Course Map

    LA Marathon Route

    The LA Marathon starts at Dodger Stadium north of Downtown LA and runs through Chinatown, Olvera Street, Little Tokyo, Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, ending at the Santa Monica Pier. Water and sports drinks are provided every mile after mile 2 along the course, and spectators cheer runners...MORE on from Block Parties. Bail out vans are provided after mile 7 for people who can't complete the course. See the Course Map.

    LA Marathon Registration

    Runners must be 16-years-old or older by race day to participate, but those under 18 must have a parent or guardian fill out the registration. Participants can register online for the Marathon from, September 1, 2016 until March 15, 2017. If the race isn't sold out, you can register in person at the Health & Fitness Expo March 17-18 at the LA Convention Center. However, the marathon has been known to sell out, so advance registration is recommended. Each runner must take their registration confirmation card to the Expo to pick up their bib, timing chip and goodie bag on Friday or Saturday before the race. On race day, runners will be lined up based on their blue, green or white bibs.

    Gear Check

    Clear Gear Check bags will be provided to transport clothes or other non-valuables to the finish line. Only provided bags will be accepted at Gear Check, located in Parking Lot K, which closes at 6:45 am.

    The Race

    You must have a runners bib to be on the course during the race. There is no time limit, but slower runners and walkers will have to deal with traffic and traffic signals as the roads re-open behind the main pack after six and a half hours. Course support stations will stay up until 3 pm.

    The Finish Line

    There is a secured finish area where runners can collect their finisher medals and retrieve their gear before exiting to the Family Reunion area and the Finish Line Festival on Santa Monica Boulevard between Ocean and 2nd Street. Arrange to meet family and friends under a specific letter of the alphabet. 

    Runners are entitled to a free Michelob Ultra at the Beer Garden from 10 am - 2 pm and a free massage in the Massage Tent on Ocean, just south of Broadway.

    Parking - Transport - Hotels
    10,000 pay parking spaces have been arranged for runners in Santa Monica, and complimentary shuttles will transport runners with bibs to Dodger Stadium. Reservations are required for the shuttles, and you must reserve parking spaces in advance. Specific information will be sent to registrants. There will be limited participant parking available at Dodger Stadium, but no return shuttle. Runners can be dropped off at Dodger Stadium before the race.The Golden State Gate is the only gate that will be open for parking and drop off. Cars parked at Dodger Stadium can be retrieved until 8 pm via the Sunset or Golden State Gates, or on Monday after 7 am via the Sunset Gate.

    Note: the Stadium Way exits from the 110 will be closed in both directions on race day. The I-5 exit to the Golden State Gate will be open.

    Runners at Official LA Marathon Hotels in Downtown LA or Beverly Hills will receive wristbands for shuttles to Dodger Stadium and returning from Santa Monica. If you're planning on taking advantage of the hotel shuttle, make sure you choose a downtown hotel. The Downtown and Beverly Hills Hotel Shuttles depart from in front of Santa Monica City Hall. You can also stay in Santa Monica near the finish line and reserve a spot on the free shuttle to Dodger Stadium. There is also a morning shuttle from Union Station for people who want to take public transportation, but no return shuttle from Santa Monica, however the Metro will provide a free shuttle to the Expo Line Metro Station in Culver City.

    LA Marathon Overview
    LA Marathon Details
    LA Marathon 5k Run/Walk
    Spectators and Family Members
    City Block Parties and Finish Line Festival
    Health and Fitness Expo
    LA Marathon Road Closures and Bus Route Changes
    LA Marathon Course Map with Metro Stations and Entertainment

    Information is accurate at the time of publication. Please check the event website for the most current information.

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  • 03 of 08

    Pre-LA Marathon 5k Run/Walk

    LA Marathon
    ••• LA Marathon. Photo by Michael Dorausch via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0

    The 5k Run/Walk is a race, and entrants will have a computer chip, like the marathon runners to calculate their time. However the event is geared toward the whole family. The course is a 3.1 mile loop from Dodger Stadium through the Elysian Park neighborhood around the stadium. The 5k will take place the day before the LA Marathon.

    This year, 5K participants can either pick up their bibs, timers and T-shirts on Friday at the Expo at the LA Convention Center, or Saturday morning starting at 6:30 am at Dodger Stadium Lot 6. Parking lot opens at 6 am.

    Race Date: Saturday, March 18, 2017
    Start time: 8:00 am
    Where: Dodger Stadium, Lot 6
    Entry Fee: $40 early registration, $45 after Feb 2, 2017
    Registration: online through March 15 at www.lamarathon.com, at the Health & Fitness Expo at the LA Convention Center March 17-18, 2017. Late registration begins at 6:30 am Saturday at Dodger Stadium.
    Parking: Free parking at Dodger Stadium via the Downtown Gate and the Sunset Gate, which open at 6 am.
    Info...MORE: www.lamarathon.com

    LA Marathon Overview
    LA Marathon Details
    LA Marathon 5k Run/Walk
    Spectators and Family Members
    City Block Parties and Finish Line Festival
    Health and Fitness Expo
    LA Marathon Road Closures and Bus Route Changes
    LA Marathon Course Map with Metro Stations and Entertainment

    Information is accurate at the time of publication. Please check the event website for the most current information.

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  • 04 of 08

    LA Marathon for Fans, Spectators and Family Members

    LA Marathon
    ••• LA Marathon block party in West Hollywood. Photo by WeHo City via Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    There are City Block Parties set up at locations where spectators can watch the Marathon runners pass by. Food and entertainment as well as the all-important portable toilets will be available at these locations.

    There's no Metro Station near the start or end of the race, but spectators can take the Gold Line to Chinatown or Union Station to watch the race through Downtown LA, or the Red Line to Hollywood and Vine or Hollywood and Highland to watch the race through Hollywood. Spectators can ride for the Metro's normal low rate of 1.75 each way or $7 for a Metro Day Pass (More on Riding the LA Metro). There are public parking lots near the finish, but they'll be packed, so if you're on a bus route, or within biking distance, you might want to use alternate transportation to the Family Reunion Finish Line Festival on Santa Monica Blvd.

    Spectators and family members DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO THE FINISH LINE. If you have hopes of watching your loved ones cross the finish line,...MORE you will have to bring binoculars to watch from north of Washington, or watch the televised version. Family Reunion stations will be set up at the Finish Line Festival so runners can reconnect with family and friends. Lettered meeting spots help people to find each other based on the runner's name. Be sure to discuss ahead of time which letter you're talking about to make sure everyone is thinking of the same name.

    I've laid the Metro Red Lines over the race route in the Combined Marathon and Metro Map.

    LA Marathon OverviewLA Marathon DetailsLA Marathon Details
    LA Marathon 5k Run/Walk
    Spectators and Family Members
    City Block Parties and Finish Line Festival
    Health and Fitness Expo
    LA Marathon Road Closures and Bus Route Changes
    LA Marathon Course Map with Metro Stations and Entertainment

    Information is accurate at the time of publication. Please check the event website for the most current information.

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  • 05 of 08

    LA Marathon City Block Parties and Finish Line Festival

    LA Marathon
    ••• Taiko Drummers play for LA Marathon runners. Photo by LADOT via Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

    City Block Parties are created at intervals along the course to keep spectator energy up before and after the racers pass by. They operate from 7 am to 2 pm. There will be bands, singers, dancers, cheerleaders, food and crafts for kids. Radio stations will be broadcasting from several of the block parties. The entertainment for each stage is organized by presenters listed below.

    Entertainment Centers  - 2017 Entertainers TBA

    Dodger Stadium Parking Area G - San Pedro HS Band

    Mile 1 Elysian Park Ave and Stadium Way - Gradual Effect

    Mile 2 *Broadway and Alpine St - Chinatown

    Mile 3 Main St and 1st Street

    Mile 4 *1st and Grand Ave - The Hongo Taiko School

    Mile 5 Bellevue Ave and Echo Park Ave 

    Mile 6 Sunset Blvd and N Benton Way 

    Mile 7 *Sunset Blvd and Fountain Ave - Earlez Grille

    Mile 7 Sunset Blvd and Santa Monica Blvd 

    Mile 8 *Hollywood Blvd and Prospect Ave - Salvadoreans

    Mile 8 Hollywood Blvd and N Edgemont St 

    Mile 9 Hollywood Blvd and N Mariposa Ave 

    Mile 10 Hollywood Blvd and N Van Ness Ave 

    Mile...MORE 10 Hollywood Blvd and Vine St 

    Mile 11 Hollywood Blvd and Whitley Ave 

    Mile 11 Hollywood Blvd and Las Palmas 

    Mile 12 Sunset Blvd and N La Brea Ave 

    Mile 15 Santa Monica Blvd and Nemo St 

    Mile 15 Doheny Drive and Rosewood Ave 

    Mile 15 Doheny Drive and Burton Way 

    Mile 17 *Little Santa Monica Blvd and N Crescent Drive - Beverly Hills Cheer Zone

    Mile 17 Wilshire Blvd and S. Roxbury Drive 

    Mile 17 Wilshire Blvd and Little Santa Monica Blvd 

    Mile 18 *Santa Monica Blvd and Moreno Drive - Cheer Alley

    Mile 18 Santa Monica Blvd and S Ave of the Stars 

    Mile 18 Santa Monica Blvd and Comstock 

    Mile 19 Santa Monica Blvd and Manning Ave 

    Mile 19 Santa Monica Blvd and Camden Ave 

    Mile 20 Sepulveda Blvd and Ohio Ave 

    Mile 21 San Vicente Blvd and Barrington Ave 

    Mile 25 San Vicente Blvd and Ocean Ave 

    Mile 26.2 Finish Line Festival will be on Santa Monica Blvd between Ocean and 2nd Street. It includes a beer garden, food, music and fun all day long. You can check real time parking availability near the Finish Line Festival.

    * Official Community Entertainment Centers

    LA Marathon Overview
    LA Marathon Details
    LA Marathon 5k Run/Walk
    Spectators and Family Members
    City Block Parties and Finish Line Festival
    Health and Fitness Expo
    LA Marathon Road Closures and Bus Route Changes
    LA Marathon Course Map with Metro Stations and Entertainment

    Information is accurate at the time of publication. Please check the event website for the most current information.

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  • 06 of 08

    LA Marathon Health & Fitness Expo

    The LA Marathon Health & Fitness Expo is the largest marathon expo in the world with representatives from every possible running, cycling, health and fitness related exhibitor that you can imagine. All participants in the LA Marathon must pick up their bibs and goodie bags at the Expo. (5k participants can pick up their bibs at the Expo Friday or race morning at Dodger Stadium) The event also features seminars and speakers on everything from physical and mental preparation for marathons to how to choose the right running shoes.
    When: Friday, March 17, 10 am - 7 pm, Saturday, March 18, 2017, 9 am-5 pm 
    Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A, 1201 S. Figueroa St, LA 90015
    Cost: The Expo is free
    Parking: $12-20, check bestparking.com for better rates nearby
    Info: www.lamarathon.com

    LA Marathon Overview
    LA Marathon Details
    LA Marathon 5k Run/Walk
    Spectators and Family Members
    City Block Parties and Finish Line Festival
    Health and Fitness Expo
    LA Marathon Road Closures and Bus Route...MORE Changes
    LA Marathon Course Map with Metro Stations and Entertainmentt

    Information is accurate at the time of publication. Please check the event website for the most current information.

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  • 07 of 08

    LA Marathon Street Closures - Map and Bus Route Changes

    LA Marathon Street Closures
    ••• LA Marathon Street Closures. Screen Shot of Google Map from commuterama.com

    Here is a list of specific Street Closures and Times for individual streets on the LA Marathon route. These surrounding streets will also be closed except to residents who live on the streets.

    Here is a List of Freeway Ramp Closures for the LA Marathon, with alternate routes.

    See the LA Marathon website for recommended detour routes to exit West Hollywood and Beverly Hills during the marathon.

    The website www.commuterama.com provides real time street closures during the LA Marathon.

    More LADOT LA Marathon Schedules and Information

    Check www.metro.net for route and schedule changes.

    Continue to LA Marathon Course Map with Metro Stations and Entertainment

    LA Marathon Overview
    LA Marathon Details
    LA Marathon 5k Run/Walk
    Spectators and Family Members
    City Block Parties and Finish Line Festival
    Health and Fitness Expo
    LA Marathon Road Closures and Bus Route Changes
    LA Marathon Course Map with Metro Stations and Entertainment

    Information is accurate at the time of publication. Please check the event...MORE website for the most current information.

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  • 08 of 08

    LA Marathon Route Map with Metro Stops

    LA Marathon Map 2014
    ••• LA Marathon Map 2014. LA Marathon Map 2014

    The 2017 LA Marathon will follow almost the same Stadium to the Sea route as in 2016 with one little change in West Hollywood. The LA Marathon route passes dozens of Los Angeles landmarks from Dodger Stadium through Chinatown, Little Tokyo and historic Downtown, then through Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, ending at the beach in Santa Monica.

    There are points in Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood where you can take the Metro to spectator areas along the LA Marathon Route, as shown on the map above. For more details on Metro stops, spectator areas and attractions along the LA Marathon Route, click the link below.

    Click here for the 2017 LA Marathon route overlaid on a Google map with Metro stations and mile by mile spectator entertainment venues.

    YouTube Video of the Los Angeles Marathon Stadium to the Sea Course Route


    LA Marathon Overview
    LA Marathon Details
    LA Marathon 5k Run/Walk
    Spectators and Family Members
    City Block Parties and Finish Line Festival
    Health and Fitness Expo
    LA...MORE Marathon Road Closures and Bus Route Changes
    LA Marathon Course Map with Metro Stations and Entertainment

    Information is accurate at the time of publication. Please check the event website for the most current information.