How To Best Enjoy The LA Marathon In Santa Monica This Sunday

Friday, 15 Mar 2013, 9:24:00 AM

Brenton Garen

LA Marathon runners will complete the 26.219 mile footrace at California and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica on Sunday.
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LA Marathon runners will complete the 26.219 mile footrace at California and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica on Sunday.

As one of the largest organized road races in the

country, the LA Marathon returns this Sunday with about 24,000 runners expected

to take part in the scenic “Stadium to the Sea” course.

Participants will start at Dodger Stadium and wind their

way west past major landmarks before completing the race on Ocean Avenue in

Santa Monica.

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.

Atmosphere is a big part of the event and a handful of

bands will make the day one to remember.

There are three bands scheduled for the Santa Monica leg

of the race.

At the intersection of San Vicente and Barrington (mile

21) there will be two Rock n’ Roll bands – Tommy Mora Band and Ann Likes Red.

At mile 25, at the intersection of San Vicente and Ocean Avenue, will be the

rock band Core.

This is the ninth year in a row that Core has

volunteered its talents to inspire marathon runners and entertain spectators

with its music.

The seven member male band’s mission is to give back to

the community in which they live, playing their music for worthy causes and

events.

With a mix of familiar classic rock covers to

thought-provoking originals, Core appeal to a wide audience.

Spectators are encouraged to

cheer the runners as they take their final steps toward the finish line at

California and Ocean Avenue (there will not be spectator access to Ocean Avenue

south of California Avenue).

Spectators are then invited

to join runners in a post-race celebration in true St. Patrick’s Day form, at

the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden, which will be on Santa Monica Boulevard between

Ocean Avenue and 2nd Street.

The Family Reunion Area is located on Ocean Avenue

between Broadway Avenue and Colorado Avenue. Runners are encouraged to make

arrangements to meet their family at one of the letters of the alphabet along

Ocean Avenue.

The Runner Pick-Up Zone is located on Ocean Avenue

between Moomat Ahiko Way and Pico Boulevard.

Vehicles can access the Runner Pick-Up Zone from the

east via Pico Blvd or from the south via Ocean Boulevard (vehicle access is not

allowed north of Moomat Ahiko Way on Ocean Blvd).

For more information, visit

lamarathon.com.

LA Marathon Facts

• As is the case with most

large-scale marathons, the LA Marathon is as much about giving as it is running

and since it’s inception it has raised more than $20 million for various

charities throughout the community.

• Boxing great Muhammad Ali

served as the honorary race starter for several years between 1989 and 2004.

• 1984 Olympian Joan Benoit Samuelson still holds the

record for the fastest women’s marathon ever run in Los Angeles (2:24:51) which

she accomplished during her gold medal winning performance.

• In addition to the $100,000 “Challenge” bonus, the

purse for the 2011 LA Marathon included $25,000 and a new Honda Insight EX

sedan for the top male and female finishers.

• The most decorated performer in LA Marathon history is

Mexican Saul Mendoza who has won the Wheelchair Division seven times.

• The LA Marathon Expo, staged at Dodger Stadium on the

Friday and Saturday before marathon day, is one of the largest road racing

expositions in the world.

• A 5K run/walk, a fixture on marathon weekend since

1990, draws in excess of 4,000 participants every year.

• Notable entertainment personalities who have

participated in the LA Marathon include Freddie Prinze Jr., Shia Labeouf,

Gordon Ramsay, David James Elliot, Flea and Chris O’Donnell.

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