Thursday, December 18, 2008

LA Marathon Announces 2009 Race Route

The 2009 Los Angeles Marathon promises to be the start of a new era, both for race participants and the entire Los Angeles community. We’re building your race—and our organization that supports it—around the transformational power of sport, inspiring athletes and connecting communities. In that effort, we’re pleased to announce that Honda has announced its return as presenting sponsor of the marathon and Acura is back as the title sponsor for the bike tour. We’ve hired Nick Curl, a respected veteran of the racing world who spent more than a dozen years affiliated with the marathon, as our race director. And today we are announcing a return to a runner-friendly course, the old “loop” course that starts and finishes downtown.

In speaking to hundreds of runners in recent weeks, we’ve heard lots of comments about the race. All of those comments inform our decision-making process. One idea that we heard frequently – and which we can implement immediately – is to improve the race route. We are excited to announce that this year we will begin and end the race in Downtown Los Angeles. We’re using the same popular course that was used from 1996-2006. This route highlights a variety of great neighborhoods throughout the city, sending participants through the Crenshaw, Koreatown, Hancock Park, and the Mid-City neighborhoods along the way. It also produced the fastest LA Marathon time to date—a 2:08:40 by Benson Cherono in 2006.

Click here to see a map of the route.

Click here for turn-by-turn directions.

Click here to register for the LA Marathon or Acura LA Bike Tour.

Stay tuned and keep running!

Russ Pillar

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