2020 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon: Stadium to the Sea

Follow 27,000 athletes from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier

On Sunday, March 8, thousands of athletes will navigate their way from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica in the 35th anniversary Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. The iconic “Stadium to the Sea” course takes athletes from Dodger Stadium to the endpoint near the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica. Participants will 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. Dozens of bands and over 500 local cheerleaders will entertain spectators and motivate runners. More than 27,000 athletes from all 50 states and over 78 countries are expected to participate in the race, which is one of the four largest marathons in the U.S. and one of the top 10 worldwide.

LA Marathon Health & Fitness Expo
Health & Fitness Expo | Photo: LA Marathon

Health & Fitness Expo (March 6-7, 2020)

Each year, the Health & Fitness Expo hosts more than 120 exhibitors, featuring the latest designs in running gear and shoes, as well as cutting edge developments in sports, fitness and nutrition. In addition, the Expo is the home of Participant Packet Pick-Up for all marathon runners. Taking place in Halls G and H at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the two-day Health & Fitness Expo is free and open to the public.

  • Friday, March 6 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
LA BIG 5K Finish Line at Dodger Stadium
LA BIG 5K Finish Line at Dodger Stadium | Photo: LA BIG 5K, Facebook 

LA BIG 5K (March 7, 2020)

The day before the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, people of all ages and abilities will take part in the LA BIG 5K at Dodger Stadium. Kicking off at 8 a.m., the family-friendly event is open to everyone, including runners, walkers and strollers. Participants will enjoy beautiful city views as the LA BIG 5K course takes them through Elysian Park before a rewarding finish set against the backdrop of Dodger Stadium.

Enjoy post-race refreshments and other goodies at the Finish Festival, located at Dodger Stadium Lot G, just beyond the finish line. The Finish Festival is open to participants and spectators.

LA Marathon 2020 Stadium to the Sea Course Map
Stadium to the Sea Course Map | Image: LA Marathon

11th Annual "Stadium to the Sea" (March 8, 2020)

The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon has one of the most spectacular courses of any marathon in the world, taking runners through some of L.A.'s most historic and beautiful neighborhoods. Read on for highlights of the iconic Stadium to the Sea course.

LA Marathon runners pass Walt Disney Concert Hall
Runners pass Walt Disney Concert Hall | Photo: Los Angeles Marathon, Facebook

Start Line - Downtown Los Angeles

From the Start Line at Dodger Stadium, runners will pass numerous Downtown L.A. landmarks in rapid succession over the next several miles, including the Twin Dragon Gateway in Chinatown, Olvera Street, City Hall, Little Tokyo and Walt Disney Concert Hall at the Music Center.

Bridge at Echo Park Lake
Bridge at Echo Park Lake | Photo: Christine H, Yelp
Fireplace at the Hollyhock House
Photo: Hollyhock House, Facebook

Echo Park Lake & Barnsdall Art Park

From Downtown L.A., the course will take runners past Echo Park Lake and through Sunset Junction in Silver Lake. To their right, runners will be able to see the iconic Hollywood Sign and Griffith Observatory perched in the Hollywood Hills.

As the route continues through Los Feliz, runners will pass Barnsdall Art Park - the locale of Frank Lloyd Wright's famed Hollyhock House - and continue through Thai Town and Little Armenia.

LA Marathon wheelchair racer passes the Pantages Theatre
LA Marathon wheelchair racer passes the Pantages Theatre | Photo: Los Angeles Marathon, Facebook


The course enters Hollywood proper at Gower Street, where the world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame begins and continues west to La Brea Avenue. The Capitol Records Building is just north of the iconic intersection of Hollywood & Vine. Further west on Hollywood Boulevard is the Pantages Theatre, which hosts spectacular Broadway productions.

Hollywood & Highland
Hollywood & Highland  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX | Photo: TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX
TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX | Photo: TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX

Mile 12 takes runners through the heart of Hollywood, which is packed with landmarks: Musso & Frank Grill, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood that celebrated its centennial last year; Grauman's Egyptian Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, the massive Hollywood & Highland, home of the Dolby Theatre; TCL Chinese Theatre, and the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Chateau Marmont exterior
Chateau Marmont  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa
The Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip
The Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

West Hollywood

The course returns to Sunset Boulevard, and just past the halfway point (13.1 miles) is another Golden Age Hollywood landmark, the celebrity favorite Chateau Marmont. Continuing west, runners will enter West Hollywood (aka WeHo) and the legendary Sunset Strip, a music mecca with landmarks like the Andaz West Hollywood (aka the "Riot House" in the 1960s and '70s) and the Whisky a Go Go.

The route turns left on San Vicente Boulevard past the Pacific Design Center before heading west on Historic Route 66 (Santa Monica Boulevard) and landmarks like Dan Tana's and The Troubadour.

Robert Graham "Torso" on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills
Robert Graham Torso on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

The course then takes runners through Beverly Hills, including the 1931 Beverly Hills City Hall (topped with gold leaves, of course) and a three-block stretch along the global destination for high-end shopping, Rodeo Drive. Robert Graham's 14-foot sculpture, Torso is located on the south end of the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style - honorees include Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Gianni and Donatella Versace. Luxury hotels along the route include the Beverly Wilshire and The Peninsula.

Photo: Westfield Century City
Photo: Westfield Century City

Century City

Continuing west on Santa Monica Boulevard, the route takes runners past Westfield Century City, which recently emerged from a $1-billion makeover as a 1.3 million-square-foot Westside destination with over 200 shops and restaurants, including a new three-level Nordstrom, a completely remodeled three-level Bloomingdale's, a modern two-level Macy's, Equinox fitness club and spa, and the West Coast's first Eataly.

San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood
San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa


At Mile 22, the course joins one of the most famous running routes in California, San Vicente Boulevard. As runners continue through the upscale Brentwood neighborhood they might spot a celebrity at the Brentwood Country Mart before they cross over to Santa Monica at 26th Street.

View of the Pacific Ocean at Palisades Park
View of the Pacific Ocean at Palisades Park  |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Santa Monica

From San Vicente, the runners turn south on Ocean Avenue for the final turn of the race. They will head south parallel to Palisades Park and Santa Monica State Beach - the Finish Line is in view!

LA Marathon Finish Line
LA Marathon Finish Line in Santa Monica | Photo: Los Angeles Marathon, Facebook

Finish Line

The Finish Line is located just south of California Avenue, next to the famed California Incline connector from Pacific Coast Highway.


Once runners cross the Finish Line, they will enter the Runner Secured Finish Zone, which is closed to the non-credentialed public. Runners will keep moving south on Ocean Avenue to collect their finisher medal, mylar blanket, water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, post-finish food, and any items at Gear Check. Runners will exit the Runner Secured Finish Zone at Santa Monica Boulevard.

Spectator access will be closed on Ocean Avenue from Washington Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard. Palisades Park will also be closed to spectators from Washington to Santa Monica. Any spectators that want to watch their runner cross the Finish Line will need to station themselves on Ocean north of Washington.

Spectators are strongly encouraged to meet their runners at the Finish Festival or Family Reunion Area.

The Family Reunion
area will be located on Ocean Avenue between Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway Avenue.

The Finish Festival
is home to the Beer Garden, music, and other fun entertainment and giveaways. The Finish Festival is located on Santa Monica Boulevard between 2nd Street and Ocean Avenue.