Where’s the LA Marathon starting line?
The race starts at Dodger Stadium, 2000 Academy Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90012, home to Hall of Fame outfielder Mookie Betts. The starting line will have seeded runners’ corrals for the fastest participants based on recent marathon times, and an open corral for participants to queue up by their anticipated finish time.
For those of you wise enough to spring for Start Line Hospitality, you’ll find perks like an outdoor tent with heaters, private gear check, private bathrooms and a stretching area with yoga mats and foam rollers.
What’s the best way to access Dodger Stadium?
For runners who’ve made reservations in advance, pre-race shuttles will be available from Union Station’s Bay 9 at Patsaouras Transit Plaza at 5am, 5:30am, and 6am, as well as Santa Monica City Hall every half hour between 3am and 5:30am. Shuttles will also be available from DTLA and Beverly Hills hotels for participants who booked through the LA Marathon’s Hotel Reservation Center.
If you’re driving, there are 10,000 paid parking spaces for runners in Santa Monica and limited parking at Dodger Stadium; keep in mind the Golden State Gate is the only gate that will be open for parking and drop off, and cars parked at Dodger Stadium can be retrieved until 8pm Sunday or on Monday after 7am. The gear check is in Parking Lot K at Dodger Stadium and stays open until 6:30am. All gear checked in the clear plastic event-issued participant bag at the start line will be transported to the finish line for pick-up after the race.
What’s happening pre-race?
In the lead up to the 2020 Marathon, the Health & Fitness Expo will be held Friday, March 6 from 10 am to 7pm and Saturday, March 8 from 9am to 5pm at the Los Angeles Convention Center. It’s the largest marathon expo in the world with free seminars and 120 exhibitors showcasing running gear, shoes, tech, and fitness and nutrition products. All participants in the LA Marathon must pick up their bibs and goodie bags at the expo.
For ambitious runners looking to knock out a pre-run run, the LA Big 5K is a 3.1-mile loop from Dodger Stadium through the Elysian Park neighborhood around the stadium held on Saturday, March 7.
What is the Marathon route?
The race map passes through some of LA’s most iconic landmarks and neighborhoods: Downtown, Silver Lake, Hollywood, WeHo, Beverly Hills, Westwood, West LA, and Santa Monica. Each mile checkpoint corresponds with a notable LA attraction such as Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and Rodeo Drive. There are 22 aid stations along the course, providing water and Nuun Hydration to all runners.