Just past the mile 4 marker, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is one of the earliest places in the LA Marathon to look for your runner. The crowd of runners will still be pretty heavy, so if you do plan to meet a friend there, just make sure they know to look for you.
How to get there: Get off the 110 at 4th Street (check this list of freeway ramp closures) and park wherever you can. Roads will likely be blocked to traffic as you approach 2nd Street. If you take Metro, get off the Red Line at the Civic Center/Grand Park stop and walk up to Grand Avenue.
The LA Marathon is a 26.2-mile scenic course with plenty of landmarks for photo opps and meeting up with your runner. Even if you're just out to watch 25,000 athletes run through your city, some places are better than others to watch the race. Here's our list of Instagram-worthy locations for watching the LA Marathon (and here's the course map for reference and also detailed street closure information), Also, before you go, make sure you read our essential tips for spotting your runner during the race.
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