A two-minute version of the L.A. Marathon

From her vantage point in Angeleno Heights, Laura Birek aimed her camera at Elysian Park Avenue and Sunset Boulevard this morning to capture the flood of runners that poured out of Dodger Stadium and down the street near the start of today’s L.A. Marathon. Here are the details of the time-lapse, two-minute video Birek posted on YouTube:

This time lapse is 932 frames taken over 62 minutes (from 7:29 to 8:32 am), and should show every single runner in the race, except the wheelchair racers and the elite women (sorry, I didn’t get it set up in time for those!). The first group you see is the elite men, followed by 24,000 runners.

Equally impressive as the throng of runners is the fleet of street sweepers that clean up in the marathoner’s wake.


  1. thanks laura!

  2. At that speed, I’m surprised no one tripped in the stampede.

  3. You’re such a babe…Thanks Laura!

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