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L.A. Marathon Announces Improvements

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 23, 2012
Photo: AP

Slew of changes will enhance the race for athletes and spectators alike.

LOS ANGELES – The Honda LA Marathon’s renowned “Stadium to the Sea” athletic experience will become even better this year, thanks to a slew of improvements that will enhance the race for athletes and spectators alike. Working with a range of specialists, the Marathon has enacted cutting-edge improvements in transportation, technology and race logistics to ensure the March 18th event is the best Honda LA Marathon yet.

The new changes will impact several areas of critical importance to participants and observers, from providing greater, more secure storage space for athletes’ gear to improving traffic flow into Dodger Stadium for the Marathon’s start. The enhancements reflect the ongoing commitment of race organizers to create a top-quality marathon experience for thousands of competitors, as well as hundreds of thousands of fans who will be cheering them on.

For the third consecutive year, Marathon runners will race from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean, passing many of L.A.’s world-famous landmarks along the way. The scenic and recognizable course makes the Honda LA Marathon one of the most distinctive road races anywhere in the world.

“Each year we have an opportunity to review race day operations and to respond to the needs of our runners.  From a logistical standpoint, this is the best year ever to participate in the marathon,” said LA MARATHON LLC Chief Operating Officer Nick Curl. “We’ve improved the organization and security of our gear check operation, worked with the Department of Transportation and Caltrans to ensure smooth traffic flow into Dodger Stadium, increased shuttle locations to the stadium, and we’ll have more up-to-the-minute traffic and weather updates on race day.  All of this means a more runner-friendly race.”

Runners’ gear that is checked at Dodger Stadium in the PODS Gear Check Zone before the start of the race will be monitored by security coordinators and then transported to the finish line in Santa Monica, where it will be retrieved in a secure runner-only area.

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Dodger Stadium will close at 6:45 am to make sure that all belongings arrive at the finish line on time.

As part of an improved traffic system into Dodger Stadium, vehicles will be guided efficiently to a dedicated drop-off area and parking zone to help ensure the race starts on-time promptly at 7:24 am.

“Everyone knows that traffic is always an issue in Los Angeles, but this year the Marathon has taken steps to ensure that vehicles will be moving efficiently into Dodger Stadium for the start of the race,” said Curl.  “We’ve been working with Caltrans and the Department of Transportation to ensure a smooth race morning.”

Even more free shuttle buses to the starting line at Dodger Stadium will also be available this year for runners who reserve a shuttle time at registration. The shuttles will be available from 2:30-5:30 am leaving Santa Monica and 5:15-6:15 am from Union Station.  Official Marathon hotels located in Downtown L.A. and Beverly Hills will also offer free pre and post-race shuttles for runners who booked a stay with them.

Timely, accurate traffic and weather information are critical on race day. To help keep athletes and spectators informed, there will be more live updates and tweets on the AM 570 KLAC/FOX Sports LA broadcast beginning at 5:00 am, on the pre-race television broadcast on KTLA Channel 5 from 6:00-7:00 am, and during the four-hour KTLA race broadcast from 7:00-11:00 am.  In addition, the Marathon’s social media channels will be updated throughout the day to provide key race information, as well as traffic and weather updates. Look for the Honda LA Marathon page on Facebook, or follow @lamarathon on Twitter.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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