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Los Angeles Marathon

It sounds like a bus tour with Hollywood Boulevard, Rodeo Drive, Dodger Stadium, Little Tokyo, the Capitol Records Tower and Grauman's Chinese Theatre part of the course. The Los Angeles Marathon does put together the landmarks of the city to create a marathon that is a challenge to run as well as an enjoyable experience as runners see all the famous spots around the city.

The LA Marathon goes east to west across the city, with the finish in Santa Monica a lot lower in elevation than the start at Dodger Stadium. Just after the start is an incline, followed by a downhill segment towards the Los Angeles City Hall. A climb then gets the runners to a level of elevation that is maintained until just after the halfway point when runners go down a hill. While many marathons have a challenging hill close to the finish the line there is no such obstacle for the Los Angeles Marathon as there is a steady decline in elevation.

With the marathon beginning in the northern area of the downtown section of Los Angles, and then going through Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and then Santa Monica the runners travel through some of the best parts of the vast city.

Drink stations are located at regular intervals around the course. There are twenty-five locations with water and a number of them also provide energy drinks. At a location approximately four fifths of the race distance they dispense energy gels. Medical vans are located around the course while the finish line area has a variety of medical tents.

Ethiopian Markos Geneti set the course record in 2011 with a time of 2 hours, 6 minutes and 35 seconds. Some of the other winners of the race are Zebedayo Bayo, Laban Moiben, Fred Mogaka and Wesley Korir. The fastest race for women was run in 2006 by Lidiya Grigoryeva with a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes and 10 seconds. Tatyana Petrova, Buzunesh Deba and Lyubov Denisova are other past winners.

March isn't among the hot months that Los Angeles can have, so runners can expect temperatures ranging from the usual highs of 21 degrees Celsius to the lows of 12 degrees Celsius. March is also one of the better times for the quality of the air, as hotter months of the year can have more smog problems.

Visitors will fly into the city via Los Angeles International Airport, LAX. Taxis and buses are available to transport people to the downtown area. For the marathon, there is a bus service to take runners to the start line from Santa Monica and Union Station.

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