Monday, November 29, 2021

The 36th Los Angeles Marathon is taking place this morning

About 15,000 people are expected to take part in the 36th Los Angeles Marathon, which starts early Sunday morning at Dodger Stadium.

People in wheelchairs started the race at 6:30 a.m., followed by elite female runners in 15 minutes, and elite men and the entire field at 6:55 a.m. Most competitors are expected to take three to five hours to complete the 26.2-mile route from downtown to the finish in Century City.

Many of the elite runners, including some of the fastest in the world, probably finish in just over two hours. Ethiopia’s Bayelin Teshager won the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon in 2 hours 8 minutes 26 seconds. Margaret Muriuki of Kenya easily won the women’s race with a time of 2:29:27.

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In the afternoon, the marathon will force the closure of large stretches of Sunset Boulevards, Santa Monica, Sao Vicente and Wilshire, Rodeo Drive, Sepulveda Boulevard, Doheny Drive and dozens of lanes.

The morning is expected to be marked by low clouds and fog, temperatures ranging from minus to mid 50’s and possible light drizzle, according to David Gomberg, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Conditions are expected to improve by mid-morning, and temperatures are expected to approach the mid-1960s by noon, he said.

The marathon has been postponed twice this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The race is traditionally held in March.

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