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March 23, 2010

Race Day Video

A super cool time-lapse video of the race by Cody Westheimer…

March 23, 2010

One Runner’s Story, Told with his Camera

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The more our community can adopt the LA Marathon as their own, the more successful the race will be. When people are inspired to create art, music, photography, blog postings and anything else based on this great event, the Marathon becomes more personal and relevant to everyone. Witness this beautiful photo essay by Tokyphotography.com. Looking at these made me feel like I was right there in the middle of the pack. Thank you for this beautiful report!

Peter

March 22, 2010

Dear LAMarathon

We enjoyed this post from Linda Eddy Vermeulen of Gymnotes and thought we’d re-post it:


This is not a race report. That will come later. Most people who know and tracked me, know that I had stellar training, but a crap race…involving lots of mile 19 drama with an ambulance ride not taken. But this post is not about that.

This is a letter to the LA Marathon organizers,

Peter. First of all to Peter, who got my mother and me to the Inspiration Dinner to meet Pete Carroll. This had to be the crowning event for us, and even though I was just one runner in 25000, you found it possible in your heart to get my mother to meet Pete himself, a most exciting moment for her…and for me, watching her throw her arms around a man she has rooted for, yelled at, talked to, supported, all these years for USC. It was truly the best moment of the weekend, even if I hadn’t run the race. Thank you. This event, as well as The Blessing of the Shoes, made the weekend a great success.

Being in Dodger Stadium at 6:30am was beautiful.  Looking at the Dodger videos, and sitting in the very place where my parents had season’s tickets in 1988 was heartwarming.  The organization of the checked baggage trucks was great, and the excitement in the crowd was palpable.  We had a slight problem getting to the start corral after the race started, because we had to jump in from the porta-potty lines to get in the corral…meaning that we had to weave, Frogger style, through the 3:30 pace group.  It was the fastest I had to run all day :)

The course was amazing.  Even though it was a tough first four miles, I could tell it was beautiful.  And hot.  But, beautiful.

The bands were fun.  A bit too loud for me, but I hit the wall at mile 8, so everything after that, you take with a grain of salt.

I don’t know how you engaged the communities to be a part of this race, but it was the Los Angelinos themselves, who made this event amazing.  At mile 8, when the group of Down’s Syndrome ladies came out and held me, I knew I was home.  In the town that I love.  With it’s crazies, it’s diversity, the storefront signs, the random people who cut up oranges just for the hell of it, the people on the side who were still cheering even when they could have gone home.  The transvestite drag-queen cheerleaders.  The clappers and the horn blowers.  It went on and on and on.

Your race tables were beautiful.  Lots of drinks.  Lots of people.  But, it was the in-between, the non-stop support all the way.  Yes, there were people at mile 5 saying, “You’re almost there”, and at 8, 12, 15…when we were nowhere near *there*.  They didn’t know.  They couldn’t know.  They tried, and I recognize that there are a million other things people could have been doing on that beautiful morning, but they were there…on the course.  Even in Beverly Hills, on Rodeo Drive, people had trays of food set out for us.  Miles when I thought I should simply walk off the course, there was no way I could do it.  I came upon a group of disabled boys, who were handing out water.  And I said thank you to every one.  And their smiles were worth the entry fee into your race.

San Vicente was beautiful, and I could finally move.  Just a little bit.  And still, families with signs and clackers, and bananas.  THIS is the LA Marathon.  The people, who have for years been given a bad rap.  That Los Angeles is a pit, or just another big city…these neighborhoods created a feel of community, of “We are the World”, and gave to all of us at the end.  We were the ones who knew our races were gone, out of contention.  The ones who, like me, had high hopes of a PR, but lost it…your city, your people gave me just enough juice to get to the next block.  When I would turn.  And there would be another set of families.

Because.  Because this race, this course, this event…without you even knowing it…and probably without the sense of  planning it this way…THIS race made me remember growing up in LA, in the Valley.  Remembering as a little girl, seeing the big skyscrapers and wondering…wondering who lived there.  THIS race, with all the course support, the bands, the hydration, the medics…without you even knowing it, gave this native a sense of homecoming.

Because in LA.  We don’t care where you went, we just care that you came back for a visit…even if only for a little while.

It was not a flat course.  It was tough.  It was a marathon course.  I have much to grapple with in the coming days…what went wrong, what I need to do.  IF I can come back, ever.  IF I have it in me, in this 51 year old body to undertake the training and discipline that it takes to not only get on your course, but to conquer it.

But if anything is to be said about this race, it is this:  LA, you did it.  You rallied.  You got us there.  Thank you to all of the organizers, the volunteers, the locals.  I couldn’t imagine a better place in which to bonk, which I did.  And, if I know anything about LA, I know it will welcome me back with open arms…as if to say, “We’re here, if you want it again”.

Love Always,

Linda Eddy Vermeulen

March 22, 2010

Track Club LA and the LA Marathon

Here’s a note from Eric Barron, who coaches Track Club LA. I have known Eric for several years, and I train weekly with his club. He’s a pillar in the local running community and a very, very good coach. That’s why it was so gratifying to see the note that he wrote to the club after speaking with LA Marathon owner Frank McCourt at the finish line yesterday in Santa Monica:

No matter where your loyalties lie with regard to your baseball team of choice, you have to be grateful for Dodger owner Frank McCourt’s support of the Los Angeles Marathon. In its previous 24 incarnations, the Los Angeles Marathon covered many different routes, but nary one over ground that inspired anyone to participate in it. This year was a different story. By plotting out a Stadium-to-Sea course, McCourt and his organization gave thousands of runners renewed motivation to slog through 26.2 miles. Although the new route has a net elevation drop of several hundred feet, it is not necessarily an easy course thanks to many different grade changes. Still, the energy on the course was a world apart from prior years, and in a good way. Moreover, it seemed as if the gods decided to reward all with weather fit for marathoners and spectators alike. In the end, the course, the crowds, and the weather spurred on many in Track Club L.A., and the performances were generally strong.

Peter

March 21, 2010

Share Your Photos

Share your race day photos with us and everybody else by joining the Los Angeles Marathon Group on Flickr. If you join and add your photos to the group, they might also get featured on our homepage!



Please note, that by posting a photo to the Flickr Group, you are giving permission to the Marathon to use your picture.

March 21, 2010

Parking in Santa Monica

Pre-paid parking sales are closed, but before you head out, take a look at this information on Santa Monica’s current parking:
Parking Options for Spectators

Drivers’ best bet is to check www.smgov.net/parkingspacenow to see what’s available.

March 21, 2010

Arrive Early! Arrive Early! Arrive Early!

The last word you’ll hear from us before tomorrow night!

Arrive Early!  Arrive Early!  Arrive Early!

You should anticipate traffic delays, street closures and thousands of cars & buses going to the same location.

For those of you who are arriving at Dodger Stadium by car, car pool, taxi, or limousine we strongly advise you to arrive a minimum of two hours before the start time of 7:24 a.m.  That means you need to be in the parking lot by 5:25 a.m.   This also includes those of you are being dropped off.  If someone is dropping you off, they will be directed to a parking space, where you can safely drop off your runner, and then you’ll be directed to an exit.

Remember there are only two entrances available on race day: The Dodger Stadium exit off the Harbor Freeway (110) & the Stadium Way exit off the 5 Freeway.

PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY.

We wish you the best for a great race tomorrow!

March 19, 2010

Scenes along the 2010 L.A. Marathon route

Repost from latimes.com:

The diverse landscape of Los Angeles will unfold for runners along the 26.2-mile route. The “Stadium to the Sea” course starts in Los Angeles, passes through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills, and finishes in Santa Monica. The race will take place Sunday.
Photos by Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times


Click for full-sized photos

March 19, 2010

Interactive Video Course Tour

There’s a great interactive tour of the course posted at latimes.com. Not only does it highlight the landmarks, but you can also click on the map for street view video and elevation info for any given spot in the course.

March 18, 2010

The Calm Before the Storm


While Dave and Lauren were setting up the Expo outside centerfield, Maureen, Beth and I were inside Dodger Stadium finalizing our pre-race entertainment. Without giving too much away, we can tell you that it will definitely be worth your while to come have a seat inside the Stadium when you step off the shuttle bus. Grab some Don Francisco’s coffee, which we’re providing for free, and come on it. We’ve put together a highly entertaining program on the jumbotron, with lots of pre-race inspiration. Today we worked out many of the details and sound levels, and it’s looking good. It’s sort of eerie how quiet and calm it is here this evening, knowing that Friday at 11 am it’s game on with the start of 50,000 visitors over two days. Bring it!

Peter

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