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Los Angeles Marathon Reviews


4.6 Stars from 9 Runners





  

By about 2017


Review

LA is deceivingly difficult due to the rolling hills and the temperatures encountered along the way. I've run New York which was the Verrazano Bridge at Mile 1 and the 59th street bridge (a monster) at mile 15. Although LA doesn't have the dramatic changes in height, it does have a multitude of hills, combined with usually warmer than ideal marathon weather, it's a tough run. It took me 90 minutes longer to finish LA as opposed to NYC six months prior. With that said, it is still a bucket list marathon.


Race Tips

After mile 23, it is all downhill from there but by the time I got there, my legs were already shredded.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

Great course.


Race Tips

It's not all down hill.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2017


Review

This marathon had so much motivation the whole way, loved the many high school bands and cheerleaders out giving support. That was really motivation to me because it took me back to hight school Friday night football games and made me feel young!. There was plenty of food, water and sports drink along the course everywhere. Very organized and everyone I encountered was extremely nice.


Race Tips

You don't have to over pack water, gels, etc....because there are so much along the course everywhere. Loved that they thought of everything from sunscreen to Vasoline just when you seemed to need them. Last 3 miles were great because of the gradual downhill slightly


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I stayed in downtown LA and rode the free shuttle bus back to the hotel at the end. I would love to do this one again but since I live in NC I will have to see. I have did 11 Marathons and this one was by far my favorite!!


5 / 5 Stars


  Like getting a tour of LA from the ground

By about 2017


Review

It's a fast course that starts and ends in cooler parts of the greater LA area. It winds through many interesting neighborhoods and iconic sections of the city. It's like getting a tour of LA from the ground.


Race Tips

Bring something to keep you warm at Dodger Stadium before the race and that you can toss out at the start.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay in Santa Monica, if possible. The bus will take you to the start line and is very efficient and free. Get your reservation early though, the best locations in Santa Monica that are close to the finish sell out early.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Great course and great atmosphere. Run to the finish was amazing with great support all around the course.


Race Tips

Try to stay in the shade but without having to cross the road for water etc and train on hills beforehand. Get as far up the coral as you can and watch for discarded clothes items. Last years race was in February so it was cool waiting for the bus and at the start line.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I found it easy to park downtown San Diego with reservation and buses were regular to the start line. Wife came later as spectator and found parking easy.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Well organized, easy parking and transportation (lines for the bus are long and it can be cool so you need something warm) great crowd support and great run down to the finish line.


Race Tips

Course is hilly so be prepared, it can be hot but there are tall buildings to get shade from.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Santa Monica, book in advance for parking and the shuttle. Leave some extra time to get into the Santa Monica parking lots, getting out of Santa Monica was a breeze and parking for family supporting me was easy and can be paid for in advance


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

Ran the 2013 Asics LA Marathon and I thought it was very well organized and the route lived up to its promise of running by LA landmarks, i.e. Hollywood, Beverly Hills, etc. The weather was perfect 55-59 degrees. Spectator's turn out was good from miles 10-finish. The course was not difficult but did have some challenging rolling hills late in the race around miles 19-21. I didn't PR but ran my 2nd fastest time.


Race Tips

The course is comprised of rolling hills. Be sure to save a little for the challenging hills around miles 19-21. Miles 23-finish is mostly downhill.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

If your travelling for the race, stay at the finish, i.e. Santa Monica as the race will shuttle you from Santa Monica City Hall to Dodger stadium in the morning. The race offers discounted hotels in Santa Monica near the beach for a good discount. Go through the race website.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Race Tips

Challenging course with many uphill sections throughout. I don't see this as an easy or downhill course as advertised. This is a beast that will eat you alive unless you can hammer and recover from the rollers.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Well organized. Stay downtown and take a shuttle to the start.


4 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

Course is entirely up or down - virtually no flats. the major downhills @ start and mile 15 shed the elevation too quickly to benefit you vs the hills. Only the final 2 miles to finish are a "downhill" you can really use - IF you still have the legs.


3 / 5 Stars





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