Route for 25th LA Marathon will be iconic

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The Los Angeles Marathon turns 25 next year. KPCC’s Brian Watt tells us that its planners are working on an iconic route.

The marathon will begin at Dodger Stadium for the first time ever, and end at the Pacific Ocean. In between, race officials tell City News Service, the goal is to pass through some of the spots that make the region famous: Hollywood, the Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive.

The city councils of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica had to approve the Stadium-to-the-Sea route concept.

The marathon will take place on Sunday March 21, much to the joy of a lot of serious runners who’d complained about holding this year’s race on Memorial Day, which was too late in the running season and potentially too hot for a 26.2 mile run. The LA City Council also told marathon planners to redesign the course to minimize the disruption of Sunday Church services. Race officials will unveil the exact route after Labor Day.