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Sunday: LA Marathon Runs Through Downtown

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, March 19, 2010, at 09:31AM
Los Angeles Marathon 2009 Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Participants in the 2009 LA Marathon start their run on Figueroa street.

A sold-out LA Marathon will bring 25,000 runners through the north edge of Downtown on Sunday morning, early in their 26.2 mile journey from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica.

Downtowners interested in checking out the race no longer get to roll out of bed just in time for the finish, but the scenes of runners and wheelchair racers are worth getting up early.

The new "Stadium to the Sea" route starts at Dodger Stadium, making its way to Cesar Chavez and crossing the 101 freeway on Main. There's a right turn at 1st, then another at Grand and a left turn on Temple and the run makes its way west.

Wheelchairs start at 6:55am, followed by hand cycles at 7am, the elite women around 7:03am and the rest of the field at 7:24am. Given that the Downtown leg falls between miles 3 and 4, spectators would do well to be in place by 7am to catch the wheelchairs, with the runners following soon after.

Folks who live on Bunker Hill may get a rhythmic early wake-up, as Little Tokyo's Taiko Drummers will be providing entertainment at 1st and Grand.

Traffic impacts for Downtown should be minimal. Drivers needing to get from Downtown to the north should consider looping around from the east, either via heading north on Alameda or by crossing the river and catching the 5 North. Street closures along the route's Downtown segment will begin around 3:15am.

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