Los Angeles Marathon: From the Stadium to the Sea

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On Sunday, March 9, 2014, thousands of runners will navigate their way from Downtown LA to Santa Monica in the 2014 LA Marathon. The 2014 LA Marathon is the fifth running of the iconic “Stadium to the Sea” course, which takes runners from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean. Runners pass many of LA’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. Dozens of bands, cheerleaders and other entertainment will be stationed at mile markers throughout the race to entertain spectators and motivate runners.

Reflecting its status as a premier race, the LA Marathon received the coveted designation as the nation’s best big city race in the January 2013 issue of Runner’s World magazine. “We are honored to be recognized by the leading running publication as the best big city race in the country,” said Nick Curl, LA Marathon’s Race Director. “We continue to challenge ourselves to enhance the runner experience from year to year, and recognitions like these confirm that our efforts are working.”

Online registration for the LA Marathon closes on Jan. 14, 2014. Online registration for the LA Big 5K, which does NOT include Marathon entry, closes on Feb. 28, 2014.

 

Exclusive Hotel Rates

Rendezvous Court at Millennium Biltmore | Photo courtesy of Frank Hsu Flickr

Stay at official LA 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 LA Marathon participants, family and friends.

The Millennium Biltmore and Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown are the LA Marathon’s Headquarter Hotels, offering special discounted rates to marathoners who wish to be at the hub of pre-race activities.

Pre-Race Activities (March 7-8)

It all starts on Friday, March 7 with the annual Health & Fitness Expo, featuring interactive exhibits, live entertainment, the Official Merchandise Store and product trials. In addition, the Expo is the home of Participant Packet Pick-Up for all marathon runners. The two-day Expo is free, open to the public, and is held at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Downtown.

The LA Big 5K is the official warm up race for the LA Marathon, and kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 8. 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.

Race Day (March 9)

click here for a printable version of the 2013 LA Marathon Map

Downtown

Dodger Stadium | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Marathon, Flickr

After starting the Marathon at Dodger Stadium, runners will encounter Downtown landmarks in rapid succession over the next few miles, including Olvera Street, City Hall and the Twin Dragon Towers Gateway in Chinatown.

Hollywood

TLC Chinese Theatre | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Marathon, Flickr

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 TLC Chinese 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.

West Hollywood

Chateau Marmont | Photo courtesy of Keturah Stickann, Flickr

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 Blvd. 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.

Beverly Hills

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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.

Santa Monica

Photo courtesy of Albert Valles, Flickr

The Finish Line of the LA 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.