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Everything you need to know about the LA Marathon 2019

Here’s all you need for the LA Marathon: running songs, where to train, where to watch the race and photos from marathons past

LA Marathon 2015
Eleonor SeguraLA Marathon 2015

Every year, thousands of LA Marathon runners train for the 26.2-mile race that winds through the city from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. But the LA Marathon is way more than just the miles—it’s about knowing where to train, having a solid playlist of running songs and having the support of spectators and the city behind you. Whether you’re a runner or a spectator, here’s our guide to SoCal’s other parade (this one has way more Lycra than roses).

When is the LA Marathon?

This year’s edition will be held on Sunday, March 24, 2019.

Where does the LA Marathon start and end? What does the route look like?

Runners start near Dodger Stadium and head down Sunset Boulevard to do a loop through Downtown L.A., back toward Echo Park and then once again onto Sunset, this time heading west. The route follows a combination of Hollywood, Santa Monica and San Vicente Boulevards before eventually crossing the finish line on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, just north of Wilshire Boulebard. Find more course map info here, plus more of our insight into the Los Angeles Marathon route.

What time does the LA Marathon start?

Early. Wheelchair racers are the first to cross the starting line at 6:30 am, followed by handcycles at 6:42am, elite women at 6:45am and elite men and the full field at 6:55am.

And when does it finish?

Expect the elite winners to cross the finish line just after 9am. The rest of the 20,000-plus finishers should trickle across the line between then and the 6 hour, 30 minute time limit.

Where to watch the LA Marathon

The LA Marathon 2019 route
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The LA Marathon 2019 route

The LA Marathon map looks a little bit like Waze’s rush hour directions.

These are the 2019 LA Marathon road closures you should avoid
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These are the 2019 LA Marathon road closures you should avoid

Planning on driving somewhere near the marathon? You should probably just cancel.

9 tips for spotting your runner at the LA Marathon
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9 tips for spotting your runner at the LA Marathon

Here are some lessons about meeting up with your friends who are the running the LA Marathon that we’ve learned the hard way.

The 10 best places to watch the LA Marathon
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The 10 best places to watch the LA Marathon

Here’s our list of Instagram-worthy locations for watching the LA Marathon.

5 ways for LA Marathon runners and spectators to beat the heat
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5 ways for LA Marathon runners and spectators to beat the heat

Advice for those running… and watching.

3 reasons the LA Marathon is unique from a runner’s perspective
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3 reasons the LA Marathon is unique from a runner’s perspective

How the LA Marathon sets itself apart from other 26.2-mile races in other cities.

Where to eat and drink along the LA Marathon route
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Where to eat and drink along the LA Marathon route

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise—marathon spectating is exhausting and hunger-inducing

See every mile of the LA Marathon marked in huge spotlights Friday night
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See every mile of the LA Marathon marked in huge spotlights Friday night

Check out this installation from the 2015 marathon.

LA Marathon training

The 30 most heart-pounding running songs
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The 30 most heart-pounding running songs

Sometimes it’s the mix of music in your ears that can make or break your run.

3 great places to get in that LA Marathon training
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3 great places to get in that LA Marathon training

Where to get in those long runs, interval sessions or just some easy jogs before race day.

Top circuit training parks in L.A. for free workouts
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Top circuit training parks in L.A. for free workouts

Get in your cross training for free at these parks.

6 people you will see running in Santa Monica
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6 people you will see running in Santa Monica

Head over to the beach for a run, and you’ll likely encounter some or all of the following characters.

LA Marathon photos

LA Marathon 2014 photos
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LA Marathon 2014 photos

We posted up on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood to catch the pack leaders and the masses as they passed through some of L.A.’s most recognizable landmarks.

LA Marathon 2015 photos
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LA Marathon 2015 photos

With temperatures climbing into the 90s, it was a hot and a trying day.