Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Los Angeles Marathon 2021: Street Closures, Route & How to Watch

Twice postponed and with a new route, the 36th Marathon in Los Angeles will take place on Sunday. It will be attended by about 15,000 runners from dozens of countries, including many of the fastest in the world.

Whether you’re planning on running, watching, or just wanting to avoid the closures of the streets, here’s everything you need to know:

Where is the course heading?

The runners will walk the 26.2-mile distance, which reflects the fact that a group of tourists can walk, albeit much, much faster and without cameras hanging around their necks.

The marathon will begin at Dodger Stadium, turn downtown and drive under the Dragon Gate of Chinatown, past Olvera Street and through Little Tokyo, and then turn northwest, past Lake Echo Park, towards Hollywood with all its harsh glamor.

Beverly Hills is next ahead of the highway to Brentwood. From this point on, it is in stark contrast to the recent marathons in Los Angeles. Runners will return twice to the boulevards of San Vicente, Sepulveda and Santa Monica before finishing in the Avenue of Stars.

Why did the course change?

Recent marathons in Los Angeles ended on the beach in Santa Monica. The runners’ return prompted the nonprofit McCourt Foundation, which owns and operates the event, to publish an open letter in August 2020, which states in part:

“The skyrocketing spending announced by the City of Santa Monica … made staying in Santa Monica financially unfeasible. The City of Santa Monica has always been aware of this situation and has been notified of the course change long before the public. “

What time does the race start and how long does it take?

The Dodger Stadium gates open at 3 a.m. Sunday for parking, and wheelchair users start the marathon at 6:30 a.m. Elite women start 15 minutes late, while elite men and the entire field start at 6:55.

The marathon ends when it ends. Most runners take three to five hours, and anything over six hours is a brisk walk. Ethiopia’s Bayelin Teshager won the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon with a time of two hours eight minutes and 26 seconds. Margaret Muriuki of Kenya easily won the women’s race with a time of 2:29:27.

The Los Angeles Marathon record of 2:06:35 was set by Marcos Geneti in 2011.

Will the marathon disrupt traffic?

Quite a lot and in many places, especially for those who travel early in the morning.

Rule # 1: Avoid Sunset Boulevard outside of West Hollywood. Runners will head from Dodger Stadium to Sunset from Innes Avenue to Figueroa Street between 4:00 AM and 9:00 AM. Sunset will also be closed from 4:00 am to 11:10 am from Echo Park Avenue to Virgil Avenue and from 5:00 am to 12:00 pm. : 45 hours from Highland Avenue to Doheny Drive.

Lots of many key downtown streets will be closed from 4 am to 10 am or so, including Cesar Chavez Avenue, Broadway Avenue, Spring Street, Los Angeles Street, Main Street, Temple Street, Grand Street and others. …

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Because the race will not end in Santa Monica, but will instead head back through West Los Angeles to Century City, famous streets like Santa Monica Boulevard, San Vicente Boulevard, Wilshire Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, Sepulveda Boulevard. and Doheny Drive will be closed until noon.

Participants compete in the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon.

(Patrick T. Fallon / for The Times)

Streets closed until 5:00 pm include Santa Monica Boulevard. – in both directions – from Wilshire to Sepúlveda and Boulevard San Vicente. from Wilshire to Saltair Avenue.

Route North and South 110 exits around Dodger Stadium will be closed from 3am to 9:30 am, as will North and South 101 exits through downtown and Hollywood from 3am to noon. Exit south onto Route 405 on Santa Monica Boulevard. and Wilshire Boulevard. will be closed all morning and afternoon.

How can I watch at home?

The marathon will be broadcast live from 6 am to 11 am on KTLA (Ch. 5 in Los Angeles). The race will also be streamed internationally on KTLA.com, the KTLA app on Apple TV, Roku and Firestick in the US, Facebook.com/LAMarathon and YouTube.com/KTLA.

Why does the McCourt Foundation sound familiar?

Frank McCourt, former owner of Dodgers in Marseille, France in 2016.

Frank McCourt, former owner of Dodgers in Marseille, France in 2016.

(Claude Paris / Associated Press)

Because until 2019, it was owned by Frank McCourt, who, along with his wife Jamie, owned the Dodgers from 2004 to 2012. The McCurts were widely scorned by Dodgers fans for using the team as a personal piggy bank, although Frank had the last laugh. when he sold the team for a record $ 2 billion after his brutal divorce from Jamie.

The McCurts bought the Los Angeles Marathon in 2008, and two years ago donated their commercial group, the Conqur Endurance Group, which ran the marathon and related events, to a nonprofit family foundation whose cousin is cousin Brian McCourt.

According to the McCourt Foundation, the marathon has raised an estimated $ 58 million in its history, helping more than 70 community groups in the Los Angeles area. This year, the foundation is partnering with 45 local and national charities.

Can we have a party when it’s over?

What the organizers call the Finish Festival will take place at 10058 Constellation Boulevard, near the finish line, next to the Heineken-sponsored beer garden. So expect foam from alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties. The live performance of online singer Ty Verdes will take place at 12:30.

And don’t forget about it!

  • Next year, the LA Marathon will return to its usual spring date. Registration for the marathon on March 20, 2022 is already going briskly, according to spokesman Dan Cruz.
  • To participate, runners must show proof of complete vaccination against COVID-19 or negative test results.
  • Daylight saving time ends at 2 am on Sunday, so if you forget that the clocks are set back one hour, you will come very early.

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