After a sub-par first year for new ownership, race will change in 2010.
The LA Marathon will turn 25 next year and new owner Frank McCourt has big plans for the event’s silver anniversary. According to the race’s creative director, Peter Abraham, the race plans to return to its traditional Sunday date in March and its new course will have a New York City Marathon feel, taking in key landmarks in the City of Angels. Plans are to start the new course in Dodger’s Stadium, tour key neighborhoods and end the race at the famous Santa Monica waterfront.
Change is in order as the race saw a great decline in runners in the 2009 staging. Organizers turn off potential participants by moving the race date to Memorial Day, a Monday, and by creating a fairly uneventful loop course through downtown Los Angeles. Race officials hope that the second year under McCourt’s management brings the race back to its former luster.
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