Los Angeles Marathon to start at Dodger Stadium

The Los Angeles Marathon, which was moved to Memorial Day this year, will be moving back to a Sunday in the Spring but start in a new location: Dodger Stadium.

The Los Angeles City Council today approved the new race day for next year’s marathon, which will follow a “Stadium to the Sea” route, according to a press release issued by by Councilman Tom LaBonge, who negotiated the agreement. Many runners expressed displeasure after the race was moved to Memorial Day, a Monday, following complaints from churches that the traditional Sunday race day disrupted religious services. The marathon will be moving back to Sunday, March 21 but organizers offered to provide access to houses of worship along the route.

The first Los Angeles Marathon in 1986 passed through Echo Park and Silver Lake on Sunset Boulevard. But the exact route of next year’s event has not been determined. A spokesman for the Dodgers, which acquired the marathon last year, told the LA Times:

“It will move from the stadium to the sea.
Exactly where at the sea is still up in the air.”

Photo by Jason Rojas via Flickr

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