L.A. Marathon 2018

If running the L.A. Marathon tomorrow, go easy on the corned beef, cabbage and green beer today for St. Patrick’s Day.  Otherwise, you’ll have an uphill battle.  Probably even better though, for you’ll be able to run at a slower pace and take in all the incredible sightseeing that this amazing race provides.

L.A. Marathon 2018 Course

L.A. Marathon 2018 Course

Think of our Stadium to the Sea marathon as offering up most of the L.A. must-see sights along its 26-mile course.  With a start at Dodger Stadium, runners head south into Downtown Los Angeles.  Here, they’ll see landmarks like ChinaTown, The Walt Disney Concert Hall and The Music Center.

Walt Disney Concert Hall in DTLA

Walt Disney Concert Hall in DTLA

By mile 6, they’ll take in the lake around Echo Park, before hitting Sunset Blvd, and into the hip area of Silverlake.  Sunset will connect to Hollywood Blvd, where the famous Frank Lloyd Wright designed Hollyhock House is located.  It’s now a straight shot for a bit into the heart of Hollywood.  Runners will see the Capitol Records Building, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, The Dolby Theatre and The Walk of Fame.

At the half-way point at mile 13, they’ll be back on Sunset Blvd. and getting a chance to enjoy the Sunset Strip with its incredible rock n roll history.  Afterwards, they head south again and run along the historic Route 66, before hitting the 90210 zip code of Bevelry Hills.  There will be no time to shop along Rodeo Drive or stop for a photo op in front of the “Pretty Woman” hotel, The Beverly Wilshire.

Mile 18 will zig zag through Century City, before hitting the mile 22 straight away shot towards the finish line down in Santa Monica near the pier.

Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica Pier

We really have a course that Angelenos and runners can be proud of, for it wasn’t always this way.  Years ago, the course primary went in a circle around Downtown.  The other major difference is that this course basically shuts down the entire city.  Most barricades should come down by about 12N.  Our advice until the roads open up….STAY PUT, and don’t hop in a car.  You’ll get nowhere fast.  Enjoy a leisurely morning at your hotel or walk to an awesome breakfast or brunch spot.  It’s what the team of guides from Glitterati Tours will be doing, since it will be impossible to provide tours in the AM.

Best of luck to all the runners and enjoy our incredible city!

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