London Olympic Marathon Route No Longer Disputed

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 17, 2011
  • Updated Feb. 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM UTC

A final roadblock has been cleared for the 26.2-mile event.

Good news for the 2012 London Olympics organizers: They are no longer facing legal action over the marathon course. A local council, Tower Hamlets, had threatened the organizers after the route had been altered around some of the city’s important landmarks in the East part of London, thereby bypassing the council’s domain.

Tower Hamlets had accused organizers of being “ashamed of the very communities who helped London win the Games.”

The organizing committee had argued that rerouting the marathon was done to assist with traffic flow, which would be less of an impact to other venues. The race now starts and ends at Buckingham Palace.

According to an article in the L.A. Times, yesterday, the two parties signed a letter of agreement “which would give locals extra notice if jobs came onto the market, and give schoolchildren the chance of being involved in test events and ceremonies rehearsals.”

The mayor of Tower Hamlets affirmed that his council is “100% behind London 2012.”

The London Olympics are set to begin on July 27 of next year.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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