This year’s Los Angeles Marathon promises to send nearly 25,000 runners down Sunset Boulevard through Echo Park and Silver Lake. That river of humanity will be proceeded by an equally impressive but not as welcome sight: an army of parking enforcement officers and tow truck drivers ready to keep the course free of cars and trucks. Marathon officials – who on Monday announced that about 23,000 people had already signed up to run on Sunday, March 21 – have warned residents that streets – including Sunset Boulevard, Temple Street and Glendale Boulevard – will be off limits to vehicles as early as 5 AM on the day of the race. “Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense,” warns a flyer about road closure.
Bus riders of the numerous MTA lines that run down through the area will also have to prepare for detours and delays. The marathon course – which this year starts at Dodger Stadium and ends in Santa Monica – steers east out of Dodger Stadium to downtown before it loops back to the west on Temple Street and through Angeleno Heights on Bellevue Street. Runners then turn up on Glendale Boulevard by Echo Park Lake before heading west on Sunset Boulevard through Silver Lake. Marathon spokeswoman Ginger Williams also noted that some streets will be closed immediately around Dodger Stadium and Elysian Park on the Saturday morning for a 5K run.
Runners are being encouraged to park their cars in Santa Monica early Sunday and then ride a shuttle to Dodger Stadium to begin the marathon. The Dodger Stadium parking lots will be closed to runners on the day of the marathon, which is scheduled to begin at 7:30 AM. Williams said marathon organizers are looking at installing signs to warn runners against parking on neighborhood streets.
How late will Sunset Boulevard and other streets remain closed on Sunday? Not too long since Echo Park and Silver Lake are near the starting line. Sunset Boulevard at Micheltorena Street in Silver Lake, for example, could be open as early as 9:20 AM, according to marathon street closure map.