On Sunday, February 14, 2016, thousands of runners will navigate their way from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica in the annual Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. The 2016 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is the seventh running of the iconic “Stadium to the Sea” course, which takes runners from Dodger Stadium to the endpoint near the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica. Runners pass many of L.A.’s world‐famous landmarks along the way, including Walt Disney Concert Hall, TCL Chinese Theatre, the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive and the Santa Monica Pier. More than 45 bands, over 600 cheerleaders and 5 entertainment centers will complement the race to entertain spectators and motivate runners.
The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is regarded as the one of the nation’s best big city races. Online registration for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is open until November 15, 2015. Online registration for the LA BIG 5K, which does NOT include Marathon entry, is also open until February 13, 2016. Enter now to run one of the most exciting marathons in the country and around the globe!
Stay at official Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon hotels at an exclusive discounted rate by making your reservation through the Hotel Reservation Center. With dozens of hotels to choose from in Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, each hotel has been specially reviewed and the lowest price is guaranteed for marathon participants, family and friends.
Hotels like the Millennium Biltmore, Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown, JW Marriott at L.A. Live, and the Westin Bonaventure are just some of the hotels offering special discounted rates to marathoners who wish to be at the hub of pre-race activities.
The Health & Fitness Expo is hosted in the two days prior to the race, and includes over 100 exhibitors and features a world-class speaker series, on-site activations and industry-leading designs in running apparel and shoes, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness, and nutrition at the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, the Health & Fitness Expo is the home of Participant Packet Pick-Up for all marathon runners. The Health & Fitness Expo is free and open to the public. The dates for the 2016 Health & Fitness Expo are:
- Friday, February 12, 2016: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
- Saturday, February 13, 2016: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
For more information, visit the Health & Fitness Expo website.
The LA BIG 5K is the official warm up race for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, and kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016. The race winds 3.1 miles through scenic Elysian Park and draws thousands of participants, many of whom are gearing up for the Marathon the next day. With both the Start and Finish Line just steps from Dodger Stadium, the LA BIG 5K offers a unique Marathon experience. Dodger Stadium is the site of some of the greatest moments in sports and pop culture history, from Kirk Gibson’s legendary World Series home run to the Beatles’ penultimate concert.
The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon has one of the most beautiful and unique courses of any marathon in the world. The marathon takes you throughout Los Angeles into neighborhoods like Hollywood, Beverly Hills, or Santa Monia, and nearby world-famous landmarks like the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Rodeo Drive, or Dodger Stadium. Information about some of these famous neighborhoods like Hollywood, Downtown L.A., and West Hollywood are all included below, for the famous "Stadium to the Sea" course.
Once they’ve entered the Hollywood area, marathon participants run along Hollywood Boulevard, where thousands of people were gathered for the grand opening of Grauman's Chinese Theatre (now known as TCL Chinese Theatre) on May 18, 1927. The film that premiered that night was Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings, which was preceded by Glories of the Scriptures, a live prologue devised by master showman Sid Grauman. The theatre opened to the public the following day, May 19th. Besides its Chinese design, the TCLChinese Theatre’s most distinct feature are the nearly 200 Hollywood celebrity handprints, footprints and autographs in the concrete of the theater's famed Forecourt to the Stars. From Marilyn Monroe to Tom Hanks, Betty Grable’s legs to Jimmy Durante’s nose, Grauman helped Hollywood leave its impression on not only Los Angeles, but the world.
Next up on the Marathon course is the legendary Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, where the Chateau Marmont provides a secluded hideaway for its famous (and infamous) clientele. Built in 1927 and modeled after a royal residence in France's Loire Valley, the hotel’s sixty-three rooms, cottages and bungalows offer all of the comforts of home, accompanied by panoramic views of the city from its perch above Sunset Boulevard. Generations of artists, musicians, photographers, novelists and screenwriters have found inspiration at the Chateau, including Tim Burton, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Annie Leibovitz, Dorothy Parker, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hunter S. Thompson and Bruce Weber.
From West Hollywood, the Marathon course enters Beverly Hills and continues on Rodeo Drive, the famed shopping street known as the epicenter of luxury and fashion. Visitors from around the world stroll the three-block stretch of Rodeo Drive to experience over 100 exclusive boutiques, restaurants and hotels. As runners leave Beverly Hills and head towards historic Route 66, they’re greeted by hundreds of local cheerleaders making noise, encouraging them to keep going to the marathon's finish line. Cheer Alley is the Pep-Rally of the year, and is comprised of Middle and High School cheerleaders from Southern California.
The finish line of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is located at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and California Avenue in Santa Monica. Spectators are encouraged to head north of California Avenue along Ocean Avenue to welcome their runner as they get to the finish. Please note that there will not be spectator access to Ocean Avenue south of California Avenue. The Stadium to the Sea course ends just north of the world-famous Santa Monica Pier, home to Pacific Park amusement park; Heal The Bay Aquarium; an historic Carousel; plus restaurants, specialty shops/carts, and an old-fashioned soda fountain.