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Los Angeles Marathon

Los Angeles, CA

Race Dates

2018: TBD
2017: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Downhill
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 61°F (16°C)
Average High: 70°F (21°C)
Average Low: 52° F (11°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.34
Course Score: 99.24

Race Size

2017: No Results
2016: 20,629 Finishers
2015: 21,924 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 3.9%
2015: 2.1%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

Although the LA Marathon course is a net downhill, losing 450 feet from start to finish, runners will encounter many rolling hills on the way down to the finish.

The last two miles are downhill- dropping approximately 250 feet.

Marathon Rankings

The Los Angeles Marathon was the 4th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 5th largest in 2015.

Last year 3.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 2.1% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Los Angeles Marathon the 425th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 446th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 99.24 ranks it as the 137th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 15th fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Los Angeles Marathon a PR Score of 98.34. This PR Score ranks it as the 221st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 18th fastest in California.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 552 feet (168m)
Min Elevation: 102 feet (31m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Los Angeles Marathon

3.4 Stars from 5 Reviews

review of 2016 Los Angeles Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great course and great atmosphere. Run to the finish was amazing with great support all around the course.

Race Tips

Try to stay in the shade but without having to cross the road for water etc and train on hills beforehand. Get as far up the coral as you can and watch for discarded clothes items. Last years race was in February so it was cool waiting for the bus and at the start line.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I found it easy to park downtown San Diego with reservation and buses were regular to the start line. Wife came later as spectator and found parking easy.

review of 2016 Los Angeles Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Well organized, easy parking and transportation (lines for the bus are long and it can be cool so you need something warm) great crowd support and great run down to the finish line.

Race Tips

Course is hilly so be prepared, it can be hot but there are tall buildings to get shade from.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Santa Monica, book in advance for parking and the shuttle. Leave some extra time to get into the Santa Monica parking lots, getting out of Santa Monica was a breeze and parking for family supporting me was easy and can be paid for in advance

review of 2013 Los Angeles Marathon.   

0 / 5 Stars


Ran the 2013 Asics LA Marathon and I thought it was very well organized and the route lived up to its promise of running by LA landmarks, i.e. Hollywood, Beverly Hills, etc. The weather was perfect 55-59 degrees. Spectator's turn out was good from miles 10-finish. The course was not difficult but did have some challenging rolling hills late in the race around miles 19-21. I didn't PR but ran my 2nd fastest time.

Race Tips

The course is comprised of rolling hills. Be sure to save a little for the challenging hills around miles 19-21. Miles 23-finish is mostly downhill.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

If your travelling for the race, stay at the finish, i.e. Santa Monica as the race will shuttle you from Santa Monica City Hall to Dodger stadium in the morning. The race offers discounted hotels in Santa Monica near the beach for a good discount. Go through the race website.

review of 2013 Los Angeles Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

Challenging course with many uphill sections throughout. I don't see this as an easy or downhill course as advertised. This is a beast that will eat you alive unless you can hammer and recover from the rollers.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Well organized. Stay downtown and take a shuttle to the start.

review of 2013 Los Angeles Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


Course is entirely up or down - virtually no flats. the major downhills @ start and mile 15 shed the elevation too quickly to benefit you vs the hills. Only the final 2 miles to finish are a "downhill" you can really use - IF you still have the legs.

Race Tips

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

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