BEVERLY HILLS—Are you ready? It’s that time again; the L.A. Marathon is here! The annual 26-mile race will be held on Sunday, March 20, starting at 7 a.m. Over 30,000 runners will participate this year, according to the official website LAMarathon.com.
The route, which starts at Dodger Stadium and ends at Ocean and California avenues in Santa Monica, will pass through Beverly Hills. The course will enter Beverly Hills at Doheny Drive and Santa Monica Boulevard. It will move west along Burton Way until Rodeo Drive, where it will then head south to Wilshire Boulevard, and west on Santa Monica Boulevard, leading runners out of Beverly Hills and towards the finish line near the famous Santa Monica Pier.
Along the Beverly Hills stretch there will be two water stations, a medical station and a spectator area where a block party will be held, featuring live entertainment. The water stations will be near the corners of Crescent Drive and South Santa Monica Boulevard (Mile 16 Water Station) and Charlieville Boulevard and South Santa Monica Boulevard (Mile 17 Water Station). The medical station will be located at Rexford Drive and Burton Way, on the grounds of the Rexford Mini Park. The spectator area will be along North Rodeo Drive, with the block party happening at North Rodeo Drive and Dayton Way. Free parking will be provided at the Civic Center Parking Structure.
To accommodate the event and provide safety for the participants, there will be street closures from 7 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. adjacent to the route. Access to the Beverly Hills Farmer’s Market will be affected. Patrons coming from south of the marathon route can access the market by taking the 405 North and exiting at Wilshire Boulevard, traveling east to North Santa Monica Boulevard and turning left.
Not running in the race but still want to be more than a spectator? Volunteer! More than 100 volunteers are needed to dispense water at the Mile 16 Water Station between 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. As a token of appreciation, all registered volunteers will receive an official L.A. Marathon T-shirt upon reporting for their shift. For volunteer information, to register, and for any Marathon related information, visit LAMarathon.com, e-mail Info@LAMarathon.com or call 213-542-3000.