updated from original post on February 17
The City of West Hollywood will welcome runners competing in the Honda Los Angeles Marathon “Stadium to the Sea” course on Sunday, March 20, 2011.
The marathon will begin at Dodger Stadium and will finish at Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, and in between will tour an impressive collection of historical points throughout the City of Los Angeles. An estimated 30,000 runners will experience iconic landmarks in the City of West Hollywood between miles 13 and 15 of the 26.2-mile course.
“The route will lead the runners down the legendary Sunset Strip and past some of the City’s most memorable landmarks, before heading to the equally historic Santa Monica Boulevard,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “As an avid marathon runner myself, it is particularly exciting to have West Hollywood be such an integral part of the second annual ‘Stadium to the Sea’ route.”
The Honda Los Angeles Marathon last year introduced its new “Stadium to the Sea” route, which helped bring in a record 26,000 participants. The race begins at Dodger Stadium and moves through Chinatown, downtown Los Angeles, Little Tokyo, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Veterans Administration property in West Los Angeles and into Santa Monica for the finish on Ocean Avenue, just steps from the Santa Monica Pier.
This year, runners will enter West Hollywood at Sunset Boulevard and Havenhurst Drive on the city’s eastside and head west on Sunset Boulevard passing by several landmarks including the Sunset Tower and legendary music venues the Whisky a Go Go and the Viper Room. Runners will then turn left onto San Vicente Boulevard and right onto Santa Monica Boulevard, past the Troubadour, before exiting West Hollywood at Doheny Drive, where they will enter Beverly Hills.
Other sights outside of West Hollywood on the course will include Los Angeles City Hall, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Capitol Records Building on Hollywood Blvd, and Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
Kenya’s Wesley Korir will be trying to become the first person to win the race three times, having set the race record in 2009 and winning on the Stadium to the Sea course last year.
Said Korir of his favorite race: “If you have a chance, I think the L.A. Marathon is the best one to run. Because first of all, there is the scenery, second of all is the beauty of it, third of all you’ll be able to be in the same field as the best in the world.”
To accommodate the 2011 Honda Los Angeles Marathon, the following West Hollywood streets will be closed on Sunday, March 20, between the hours of 4 a.m. and noon:
- Sunset Boulevard between Havenhurst Drive and Clark/San Vicente Boulevard
- San Vicente Boulevard between Sunset Boulevard and Melrose Avenue
- Santa Monica Boulevard between La Cienega Avenue and Doheny Drive
- Doheny Drive between Santa Monica Boulevard and Beverly Boulevard
Parking will not be allowed along the race course. “No Parking” signs will be posted before the event. Vehicles in violation will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. Public parking in West Hollywood will be available at public and private paid parking lots for a fee. Limited free parking may be found at parking meters away from the course that are not enforced on Sundays, however parking in residential areas is generally prohibited without a permit.