Los Angeles Marathon Kicks Off with 22,000 Runners Ready to Tackle 26.2-Mile Course
The 38th Los Angeles Marathon presented by ASICS is set to take place on March 19, 2023, with 22,000 runners expected to participate.
The marathon will begin at Dodger Stadium and end at Avenue of the Stars in Century City, covering a 26.2-mile course that reverses some of LA’s most iconic landmarks and neighborhoods.
The marathon will feature two new champions in the professional foot race, as last year’s winners are running elsewhere this spring.
However, for many participants, the event is more about personal achievement and running for a cause.
Pablo Your Rita, from Argentina, is running his 23rd marathon but his first time in LA.
He says running these races is important to him because it’s a moment to experience the city.
Jane Cutting, at 82 years old, will be the oldest female participant in the marathon, along with her 85-year-old husband Charles, who will be running their 38th LA Marathon.
The couple has run 191 other races and didn’t start running until they were in their 40s.
Many runners are also using the event to raise awareness about important causes.
For example, Man Dean Me is running to raise awareness about homelessness, while Edward Keown is running to challenge himself and be in the best shape possible.
Street closures are expected to begin around 4:00 AM, and KTLA will be broadcasting the event live starting at 6:00 AM.
The closures should be lifted between 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM.