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March 14, 2010

Blessing of the Shoes on Saturday

The Cathedral of our Lady of the Angels (555 West Temple Street in Downtown Los Angeles) will offer the annual Ceremony for the Blessing of the Running Shoes and Participants. Runners are invited to bring their running shoes and gather with the Cathedral Clergy on the Upper Cathedral Plaza at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 8, for this special blessing. All are welcome to attend and join in this special prayer.


Preparing to run the LA Marathon?

What do runners do on the day before the LA Marathon?

From practice runs to carbo-loading, everyone has a favorite method of preparation.  The Cathedral extends an invitation to all runners to the annual Blessing of the Shoes.  While we cannot guarantee a marathon win, we can offer support and prayers as you prepare for your 26.2 mile journey.

12:00 NOON



March 14, 2010

LA Leggers Meeting

This morning Russ and I paid a visit to the post race meeting at the weekly LA Leggers training run in Santa Monica. It was a pleasure to take everyone through the race route and answering all manner of questions about the inaugural Stadium to the Sea edition of the LA Marathon. We even got many great suggestions, which is important. As much as possible, we’re trying to create a two-way dialogue with our runners, and all of your feedback is meaningful. Thanks to President Ken Sewell and all of the LA Leggers for hosting us this morning.


March 14, 2010

Training Energy is Peaking!

While Russ and I were standing in Palisades Park this morning, we must have seen over 500 runners go by in 15 minutes. Nearly all of them putting in their final longish run before the 25th Honda LA Marathon. Our LA Roadrunners had groups of up to 100 runners. The energy was off the charts—runners were high-fiving us, taking photos of each other and even running in costume. How pumped is the LA running world for this race? We hear you loud and clear, Los Angeles, and our staff has been working overtime for months now to deliver a memorable race day. We can’t wait to see all of you on the Start line on Sunday morning.


March 14, 2010

Seen in Santa Monica Today

You know it’s LA Marathon season in Los Angeles when you start seeing license plates like this. As I was on my way to speak to the LA Leggers runners this morning I happened to pull up behind this car on San Vicente. Just happened to have my camera handy. Live to run, run to live!


March 14, 2010

Look for Our Official Honda Vehicles on the Road!

Honda has generously provided LA Marathon staff with three vehicles that can now be seen crisscrossing the city. You may see our Odyssey, our Pilot or our Accord at various places over the next week. Honk and say “Hi!” I certainly saw a number of you out on your training runs in Santa Monica this morning .


March 14, 2010

My Favorite Mile: Dwayne Johnson, Andre Ethier, Phineas & Ferb, Allison Iraheta

Here’s another batch of celebs talking about the Stadium to the Sea route. They all had very definite opinions about the section of the course that appealed to them, even Phineas & Ferb!

March 14, 2010

Don’t Forget to Sign Up For the NPN LA 5k, Saturday March 20th

There’s no better way to warm up for the marathon than the NPN LA 5k at Dodger Stadium on Saturday, March 20th! The NPN LA 5k starts at 8AM with a spectacular course that winds through Elysian Park. Registration for the 5k will be available on Friday and Saturday at Dodger Stadium. The 5k ends just at the marathon expo opens so stick around after the race to enjoy the excitement of race weekend with vendors, music and the energy of a race-ready crowd.

March 14, 2010

Studio Number One 25th Anniversary Poster, On-Sale Now!

This week we revealed our brand-spanking new, 25th anniversary poster designed by Cleon Peterson of Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One. If you’re not familiar with the work of Studio Number One take a look around the City of LA. You’ll find Studio Number One’s “Obey Giant” and the iconic “Obama Hope” imagery everywhere you look. Our limited edition, screen-printed poster, on-sale now at the K-Swiss Concept store on Main Street in Santa Monica and online at Subliminal Projects, references the history of the race while looking forward to the inaugural running of the Stadium to the Sea course. Posters will also be on-sale at the Expo on Saturday and Sunday at Dodger Stadium. They’re printed on high-quality stock, signed by the artist and there are only 1000 to be had so get yours now!

March 13, 2010

Donate Your Old Running Shoes With Global Treads

Do you have a pile of old running shoes that you just don’t know what to do with? We have an answer for you! Non-profit organization Global Treads will be on site during our Friday & Saturday Expo AND at our Finish Line to collect all styles of used shoes. The shoes that are collected during LA Marathon weekend will be donated  to those affected by the recent earthquakes in Chile and Haiti so keep your eyes peeled for their drop-off bins that look like the one pictured above. Donating shoes is good for the planet, good karma and good for your closet!

March 11, 2010

Special Menus For Marathoners Throughout LA

This year we’ve partnered with amazing restaurants in Downtown LA, Santa Monica and Beverly Hills to offer special menus for marathoners during race weekend. Ciudad, Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Border Grill, The Nosh of Beverly Hills, Coupa Café and Il Fornaio are all in! If you are checking in to one of our official hotels in a week  you can pick up a flyer at the front desk or you can download a copy of the flyer by clicking the image above. Bon Appetit!

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