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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 full course for the L.A. Marathon, to be held in March.

“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.

The West Hollywood portion of the L.A. Marathon.

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.

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L.A. Marathon to Wind through Weho again on March 20, 5.0 out of 5 based on 1 rating

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  1. Larry H "Parker" says:

    I love how the minimum forewarning of the parking enforcement and impoundment nightmare ($260 tow fees + $85/citation) of peoples vehicles who happen to inadvertently park in a spot that is not properly posted 24 hours in advance of any operation. VC 22651 (m) states signs must be up securely and 24 hours must ELAPSE prior to removing / citing owners. Every year a new scam pops up to get “hundreds” of vehicles impounded to make racket money. I will be doing surveillance and making sure enforcement is in compliance w/ the law. I was scammed by a 6am posting of a temp sign and three hours later at 9am I was towed. But I WON the hearing, now I’m gonna do my own Larry H “Parker” service for the people who been scammed, this year will be no different, except the tow hearing examiner ain’t gonna be able to keep the money.

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  2. Shawn says:

    Lovely. So once again, those of us who live north of Sunset are once again trapped by the Sunset street closure. Who’s going to reimburse me for missed work?

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  3. Bob says:

    Streets are closed in WeHo all the time with special events – whether it’s gay pride, Halloween, AIDS Walk, Sunset Music Festival, Dyke march, Transgender march or protests de jour. At least for LA Marathon they’re not lifting parking restrictions. However, if you’re on the wrong side of the street closure, you’re really screwed. The night before, you might want to park your car on the side of the marathon closure that lets you get to work.

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  4. Shawn says:

    Hi Bob, problem is WeHo is not accomodating us as it’s still closing all of the city parking garages/lots at 2:30 AM so no overnight parking is allowed (I called WeHO city hall to see if they would allow residents ‘locked in’ by the street closures to see if they would allow us to park overnight… I was told ‘no’). And if you live north of Sunset, the parking permits do not allow you to park south of Sunset (well, at least for 4R, where I live).

    When Santa Monica is closed, residents immediately north or south of the street closure can still leave their homes, although they may have to go out of their way. But if you live on, say, Larrabee north of Sunset you cannot leave the street in your car.

    Why they can’t slightly alter the course so that the thousands of residents ‘locked in’ can’t at least get their cars out is beyond me.

    I’m trying to find out who at WeHo authorized/signed off on this closure but was given a massive run-around. Apparently, no one in city hall wants to admit to this, as far as I can tell.

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  5. L."Parker" GOT ME $385 says:

    The reason the city hall and parking violations bureau and LADOT do this (confusing and senseless “temporary” no parking zones) is to have a “marathon” tow away your car party. I guarantee you that “hundreds” of careful and observant drivers will park in a city lot or on a street without signs posted in accordance with the law, especially on the side streets affected. Be vigilant, make sure the signs have been posted IN PLACE 24 HOURS PRIOR TO ANY ENFORCEMENT!

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