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New Marathon Route Light on Downtown

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, November 09, 2009, at 08:35AM
Los Angeles Marathon 2009 Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Runners in the 2009 Los Angeles Marathon cross 8th street, blocks after their start at 5th and Figueroa.

The newly unveiled "Stadium to the Sea" course for the 2010 Los Angeles Marathon takes runners from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica, just touching Downtown's Civic Center before heading west.

The new route and the race's return to March are bringing a big uptick in signups. Race officials plan to cap participation at 25,000, just higher than the 2007 race's 24,000 entries and far above the approximately 15,000 who participated in 2009's May race.

While the new westerly route hits some Downtown landmarks, participants aren't exactly going to see a vibrant side of the Central City. After starting at Dodger Stadium, the new route turns east on Sunset and travels down past the edge of Chinatown to Main street. Turning south for two blocks, it then heads west on Temple and under the 110.

Runners will travel by City Hall, El Pueblo and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, but also a number of surface parking lots and little development.

That may be just fine with residents who have lived next to the Marathon's entertainment stations in past years. Street preachers at 9th and Flower were not a particularly big hit with Market Loft residents during the 2009 race.

The 25th Los Angeles Marathon takes place on March 21, 2010.

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