The 26th running of the Honda LA Marathon presented by K‐Swiss will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2011 on the nation’s most dramatic marathon course, from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean.
A visit to Los Angeles often includes landmarks such as Dodger Stadium, Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and the beaches in Santa Monica for a dip in the Pacific Ocean.
Imagine seeing them all . . . without a single car in front of you! It’s possible only for participants in the 26th Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss on March 20, 2011.
“The morning was perfect,” said 2010 runner-up Richard Limo of Kenya, who made his firstever visit to Los Angeles for the race last year. “The run to the sea was great. Mile 24 [on San Vicente Boulevard] was a great place to see balloons and flowers and the breeze from the ocean was really great.”
Although the race has been among the top-ten marathons in the world since its inception in 1986, the new Stadium to the Sea course – from Dodger Stadium to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica – helped to set a new record of 26,054 registrants for the 2010 race. And registrations are coming in briskly for 2011.
“There will be no race-day registration for the Honda LA Marathon in 2011,” noted LA MARATHON LLC Chief Operating Officer Nick Curl. “We had to cut off registration early last year and we’re asking people to register now and not be disappointed at the last minute.”
Race registration is easy and takes only minutes on the race Web site, www.LAMarathon.com.
Out-of-town runners are being welcomed with excellent hotel options, either close to the start in downtown Los Angeles, or close to the finish in Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey, beginning at $99 per night (plus applicable taxes). A menu of five downtown hotels and 18 Santa Monica-area properties is available through the “Travel” section of the Marathon Web
site, with full details on pricing and complimentary raceday transportation options from both areas to the start at Dodger Stadium, and from the finish in Santa Monica back to the official downtown hotels.
All runners receive a specially-prepared “technical shirt” for raceday, with a specially-struck commemorative medal waiting at the finish line, and a finisher’s certificate which can be retrieved electronically after the race results are certified.
Looking back on the record-setting 2010 race, many of the runners agreed with women’s runner-up Teyba Naser of Ethiopia that “I enjoyed the course, especially the scene as we approached the finish area at the beach.” The same excitement awaits those who register in time to be included in the 2011 edition on March 20.
Please note that the times shown are tentative and subject to change.
18 March Friday Honda LA Marathon Expo @ Dodger Stadium 10:00 a.m.‐8:00 p.m.
19 March Saturday LA 5K @ Dodger Stadium 8:00 a.m.
19 March Saturday KiDSMARATHON @ Dodger Stadium 8:30 a.m.
19 March Saturday Honda LA Marathon Expo @ Dodger Stadium 9:00 a.m.‐6:00 p.m.
20 March Sunday Honda LA Marathon XXVI ~7:00 a.m.
A world‐class field of men and women will vie for a prize purse of $256,200 in the 2011 race, including a $100,000 bonus for the winner of the unique Honda LA Marathon Challenge for the first runner – male or female – to cross the finish line (the women will start with a handicap of several minutes):
1st place: Men & Women: $25,000 plus a new Honda Insight EX sedan
with Navigation (MSRP of $23,100).
2nd place: Men & Women: $12,500.
3rd place: Men & Women: $10,000.
4th place: Men & Women: $ 5,000.
5th place: Men & Women: $ 2,500.
$100,000 for the first runner to finish!
Kenyan men have won this race 12 years in a row, with Wesley Korir as the two‐time defending champion; Kenyan Edna Kiplagat’s win in 2010 broke a streak of five straight wins by Russian women. Kiplagat won the Challenge; women have won it four of the seven times it has been held.
The race records are 2:08:24 for men (Wesley Korir of Kenya in 2009) and 2:25:39 for women (Tatiana Petrova of Russia in 2009).
ABOUT LA MARATHON LLC:
We inspire athletes and connect communities. With thousands of volunteers, tens of thousands of participants, and hundreds of thousands of spectators, the Honda Los Angeles Marathon presented by K-Swiss is one of the largest organized road races in the country. For more information, visit www.lamarathon.com.
Editor’s Note: Photos courtesy & (C) By LA Marathoon LLC
Sources: LA Marathon