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L.A. Marathon to let loose 23,000 racers on Sunday; Downtown streets to temporarily close

By Andrew Lopez
Published: Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at 02:35PM
Flickr via Calvin Fleming

23,000 runners are expected for the 27th annual L.A. Marathon on Sunday, March 18.

Downtowners can expect road closures from Alameda Street up to Figueroa Street, and from Arcadia Street up to 3rd Street as about 23,000 racers attempt to complete the 26.2-mile course for the 27th annual L.A. Marathon on Sunday, March 18th.

Most of the street closures will begin at 3:00 a.m. that morning, and will open back up at about 10:00 a.m. The race itself will start at about 7:24 a.m. for most participants, with the “elite women’s” field to begin at 7:07 a.m.

The “Stadium to the Sea” course will open at Dodger Stadium, where it will pass through Downtown, ultimately ending with a scenic view of the beach in Santa Monica.

Because Downtown accounts for only about the first 4 miles of the marathon, it will be less affected than areas hosting the later miles, executive director of the L.A. Marathon Howard Sunkin said.

$110,000 in cash prizes will be distributed among the top five finishers, including $125,000 and a Honda Insight EX sedan for the winner of the marathon.

There will be 32 bands providing entertainment along the way, including pop/rock group Adam's Attic on Main Street at mile 3. Other entertainment being provided will include Taiko drummers on 1st Street and Grand avenue and over 600 cheerleaders from over 20 squads.

Aside from the 75 charities officially affiliated with the marathon, any organization can get involved in raising money and awareness for their cause as they try to pass last year's total of $3 million, according to the L.A. Marathon website.

A new option for racers is that for the first time in the race’s history two runners will be able to join together and split the first half of the marathon and the second half. The pairs will join together to support their favorite charity.

Online registration for the marathon is closed but late entrants can sign up on Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Dodger Stadium for $165.

The race was inspired by the success of the 1984 Olympic games and has been put on annually since 1986. 394,575 runners have officially finished the marathon since it began, according to their website.

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