Normally, the prospect of driving from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica induces an episode of cringing. So, clearing those streets of cars seems like a bicyclist's heaven. Luckily for them, that becomes a reality every year.
Once again, the Los Angeles Marathon is in town, so break out those running shoes (unless you've already been training for months).
While you run/walk/bike
The 26-mile trek going down this Sunday will span over several neighborhoods, giving you the chance to actually take in the scenery instead of being consumed by road rage.
In addition to the physical activity, we don't expect you to forego documenting your journey on social media. Participants will find motivation to get to the finish line in over 40 Snapchat geo-filters along the course route — whether you snap other runners or yourself is up to you.
Whenever you're in need of a breather, stop by for a second at any of the 22 aid stations, stocked with water and the sweet nectar of the gods, Gatorade (Lemon-Lime).
If you need to count along the way to get you to the end, here are the 26 mile markers along the route:
- Mile 1 - Dodger Stadium
- Mile 2 - Cesar Chavez Boulevard
- Mile 3 - Downtown L.A.
- Mile 4 - Disney Concert Hall
- Mile 5 - Downtown L.A.
- Mile 6 - Echo Park
- Mile 7 - Silverlake
- Mile 8 - Los Feliz
- Mile 9 - Thai Town
- Mile 10 - Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Mile 11 - Grauman’s Chinese Theater
- Mile 12 - Hollywood
- Mile 13 - Sunset Strip
- Mile 14 - West Hollywood
- Mile 15 - Doheny Drive
- Mile 16 - Rodeo Drive
- Mile 17 - Century City
- Mile 18 - Santa Monica Boulevard
- Mile 19 - Westwood
- Mile 20 - VA/Purple Heart Hill
- Mile 21 - Brentwood
- Mile 22 - San Vicente & Bundy
- Mile 23 - San Vicente & 26th
- Mile 24 - San Vicente & 14th
- Mile 25 - Ocean Ave/Palisades Park
- Mile 26 - Santa Monica
It takes extreme willpower and determination to participate in the Los Angeles Marathon. However, if you prefer to lounge around or partake in a less physically taxing activity this weekend, you'll still experience some duress.
The 26-mile trek going down this Sunday will cause several dozen street closures form Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica, so chances of traffic-induced stress for non-marathoners is high.
Check out the map below for all road closures and make sure to plan out your non-race day accordingly:
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While there'll be plenty of street closures to make way for runners and bicyclists, freeways will also be sectioned off. Several on and off-ramps of the 110, 101 and 405 freeways will be off-limits to motorists, starting early in the morning.
For more details and alternate routes, click here.
To make it a truly car-less day, all participants have the option to take a complimentary shuttle from a few points across the city to Dodger Stadium.
Shuttles will be available for pre- and post-race pickup in Santa Monica, Union Station and other locations in downtown L.A. Pick-up times vary and a reservation for a spot on a shuttle is required. For more information, visit the marathon's website.
Remember: One mile at a time.