Santa Monica News
The 2013 LA Marathon Race Preview
By Sami Mello
Mar 14, 2013 - 8:14:36 PM
SANTA MONICA—The LA Marathon is more than just a race, it is a public event that connects communities, supports athletes and raises money for charities.
The 28th edition of the ASICS LA Marathon will take place this Sunday and is expected to draw thousands of volunteers, tens of thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators.
“The energy of the race ”“ from runners, volunteers and spectators ”“ is remarkable,” said Nick Curl, ASICS LA Marathon race director.
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Hailed as the “Best Big City Race” by Runner’s World Magazine, the LA Marathon not only has a world-class course, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of Los Angeles.
The race will be run over the iconic Stadium to the Sea course, beginning at Dodger Stadium, then continuing into Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood, before ending at the Santa Monica Pier.
Just by following the track, one is transported through a route that hosts a number of internationally-renowned icons, such as: Chinatown and its famous Twin Dragons Tower Gateway, El Pueblo de Los Angeles State Park, the oldest section of the city, the cutting-edge architecture of the Disney Hall and Music Center, different sites of the Academy Awards and parts of Historic Route 66.
“Runners have told us that as they round the final turn of the race, seeing the beautiful ocean as they come to the finish line makes the marathon [Stadium to the Sea] a memorable course,” said Robin Gee, public information manager for the City of Santa Monica.
As one of the largest races in the country, the marathon has attracted an elite field of athletes. U.S. women’s record-holder, Deena Kastor, defending men’s champion, Simon Njoroge, and the world IRONMAN champion, Pete Jacobs, will all be competing in Sunday’s race.
“In addition, we have literally thousands of people who are running for a charitable cause, or in support of a major personal goal,” said Curl. “These runners really give the texture to this great event,” he added.
This year, 81 marathon-recognized charities will be raising awareness for their activities. Among them will be, Students Run LA, an organization that promotes physical fitness and provides adult mentoring to at-risk secondary students, by training them to run in the marathon.
“Officials hope to raise $4 million this year,” said Gee.
The race will also feature a slew of bands, cheerleaders and other performers positioned throughout the 26-mile race course that will provide continuous entertainment to those in attendance.Curl said one thing to pay attention to is all of the new technological gadgetry ”“ you can track racers via text or email during the race.
With roughly 24,000 participants, the sold-out event is a testament to the energy and enthusiasm of thousands of runners who can’t wait to get to the starting line.
The race begins at 6:55 a.m., Sunday, March 17 and will be broadcast live on KTLA Channel 5 and KLAC AM 570 radio.
To find out more about spectator zones and how to view the race please visit: www.lamarathon.com.
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