L.A. Marathon

L.A. Marathon

 
4.6 (4 reviews)

Los Angeles, CA
March 19, 2017

With more than 20,000 participants, 6,000 volunteers, and 1 million spectators, the LA Marathon is one of the largest organized road races in the world. The "Stadium to the Sea" course starts at Dodger Stadium, finishes by the Santa Monica Pier, and is considered one of the most scenic courses in the world.

Race Reviews: 4
Overall Rating:
 
4.6
Course:
 
4.8
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
4.0
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As with any other "big city" race, the LA marathon does not disappoint. Plenty of aid stations, great organization, awesome fans, well-prepped volunteers -- it has it all. I really like the stadium start and oceanside finish as well. The screaming fans really make the race though -- they're almost non-stop along the route.
Overall Rating:
 
4.7
Course:
 
5.0
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
4.0
Reviewed by Mary N. on 5/2/2014
Racing Experience: 1 - 5 Marathons
Location: Boulder City, NV

Review: As with any other "big city" race, the LA marathon does not disappoint. Plenty of aid stations, great organization, awesome fans, well-prepped volunteers -- it has it all. I really like the stadium start and oceanside finish as well. The screaming fans really make the race though -- they're almost non-stop along the route.

Having done NYC, Boston, Marine Corps, and others, LA deserves its spot near the top, but it could still use some better organization and logistics. I realize 20,000 runners is probably a nightmare to corral (pun intended), but when you're that big, I expect the basics to be a fine-tuned machine. The starting line was really sloppy this year and the aid stations were lacking the basic essentials (water and gatoraid). Personally, I would have the expo inside as well. All-in-all though, this is still a great race. I love the point-to-point layout and running out to the ocean. There's also a seemingly endless line of fans along the course cheering you on. The Dodger Stadium start is also pretty historic and a great location to start off the race. It definitely has the potential to be a world-class marathon.
Overall Rating:
 
4.3
Course:
 
4.0
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
4.0
Reviewed by Logan Russell on 4/25/2014
Racing Experience: 10 - 20 Marathons
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Review: Having done NYC, Boston, Marine Corps, and others, LA deserves its spot near the top, but it could still use some better organization and logistics. I realize 20,000 runners is probably a nightmare to corral (pun intended), but when you're that big, I expect the basics to be a fine-tuned machine. The starting line was really sloppy this year and the aid stations were lacking the basic essentials (water and gatoraid). Personally, I would have the expo inside as well. All-in-all though, this is still a great race. I love the point-to-point layout and running out to the ocean. There's also a seemingly endless line of fans along the course cheering you on. The Dodger Stadium start is also pretty historic and a great location to start off the race. It definitely has the potential to be a world-class marathon.

As others have noted, the course is anything from flat. It isn't extremely hilly by any means, but it's still difficult for a PR (at least for me). Who says that's a bad thing though, right? Personally, I like a little variety, and it's always good to have a scapegoat for bonking, right? :). The marathon is actually very well ran and I would recommend it as a 'must-do' for any of you 50-staters or Marathon Maniacs. This is my third time running it and it gets better every year. LA has great scenic neighborhoods and the ocean finish is awesome (even for someone who grew-up on the coast). There are aid stations everywhere and as with any big-city race, there are spectators EVERYWHERE!!! It's going to be more expensive than a small-town marathon, but you definitely get what you pay for.
Overall Rating:
 
4.5
Course:
 
5.0
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
3.5
Reviewed by Daniel Long on 4/20/2014
Racing Experience: 20+ Marathons
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Review: As others have noted, the course is anything from flat. It isn't extremely hilly by any means, but it's still difficult for a PR (at least for me). Who says that's a bad thing though, right? Personally, I like a little variety, and it's always good to have a scapegoat for bonking, right? :). The marathon is actually very well ran and I would recommend it as a 'must-do' for any of you 50-staters or Marathon Maniacs. This is my third time running it and it gets better every year. LA has great scenic neighborhoods and the ocean finish is awesome (even for someone who grew-up on the coast). There are aid stations everywhere and as with any big-city race, there are spectators EVERYWHERE!!! It's going to be more expensive than a small-town marathon, but you definitely get what you pay for.

Awesome course -- point to point, Dodger Stadium, Santa Monica, great profile -- who could ask for more?
Pros: oceanviews, above average spectators, great organization/logistics, good amenities
Cons: $15 for expo parking, crowded at times, early hills
Overall Rating:
 
4.8
Course:
 
5.0
Organization:
 
5.0
Value:
 
4.5
Reviewed by Sophia Evans on 3/17/2014
Racing Experience: 5 - 10 Marathons
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Review: Awesome course -- point to point, Dodger Stadium, Santa Monica, great profile -- who could ask for more?
Pros: oceanviews, above average spectators, great organization/logistics, good amenities
Cons: $15 for expo parking, crowded at times, early hills

Elevation Profile


Course Vitals

Course Layout: Point-to-Point
Elevation Gain: 475 ft.
Difficulty Rating: 1.75
Surface: Mostly Road/Paved
Certified: Yes

Gender Distribution


Total Number of Participants: 20,000

Finishing Times

Age Distribution

Boston & NYC Qualifiers

Total Qualifiers:

Boston 784

New York 259

 

Percentage of Total Finishers:

Boston 3.8%

New York 1.3%


Note: Data based off of 2016 race results