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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, March 18, 2018
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: 18,918 Finishers
2016: 20,629 Finishers
2015: 21,924 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 2.7%
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.

This year 2.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 3.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Los Angeles Marathon the 425th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 205th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 99.24 ranks it as the 141st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 13th 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 224th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 17th 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)

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Recent Los Angeles Marathon Reviews

4.6 Stars from 9 Reviews
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review of 2017 Los Angeles Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

LA is deceivingly difficult due to the rolling hills and the temperatures encountered along the way. I've run New York which was the Verrazano Bridge at Mile 1 and the 59th street bridge (a monster) at mile 15. Although LA doesn't have the dramatic changes in height, it does have a multitude of hills, combined with usually warmer than ideal marathon weather, it's a tough run. It took me 90 minutes longer to finish LA as opposed to NYC six months prior. With that said, it is still a bucket list marathon.

Race Tips

After mile 23, it is all downhill from there but by the time I got there, my legs were already shredded.

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




review of 2017 Los Angeles Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Great course.

Race Tips

It's not all down hill.

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




review of 2017 Los Angeles Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This marathon had so much motivation the whole way, loved the many high school bands and cheerleaders out giving support. That was really motivation to me because it took me back to hight school Friday night football games and made me feel young!. There was plenty of food, water and sports drink along the course everywhere. Very organized and everyone I encountered was extremely nice.

Race Tips

You don't have to over pack water, gels, etc....because there are so much along the course everywhere. Loved that they thought of everything from sunscreen to Vasoline just when you seemed to need them. Last 3 miles were great because of the gradual downhill slightly

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

I stayed in downtown LA and rode the free shuttle bus back to the hotel at the end. I would love to do this one again but since I live in NC I will have to see. I have did 11 Marathons and this one was by far my favorite!!



review of 2017 Los Angeles Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

It's a fast course that starts and ends in cooler parts of the greater LA area. It winds through many interesting neighborhoods and iconic sections of the city. It's like getting a tour of LA from the ground.

Race Tips

Bring something to keep you warm at Dodger Stadium before the race and that you can toss out at the start.

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

Stay in Santa Monica, if possible. The bus will take you to the start line and is very efficient and free. Get your reservation early though, the best locations in Santa Monica that are close to the finish sell out early.



review of 2016 Los Angeles Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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.



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