On Monday I was invited to speak with 500 students at Wonderland Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles. As the guest of 3rd grade teacher, and LA Marathon runner, Zach Earl, I got to take part in the first-ever walkathon at the school. They walked enough laps of the yard to equal a 5K distance. I spoke briefly to the excited student body about how running is really just a fun way to get outside and how sports and fitness have led to so many important things in my life. It really was a privilege, and I enjoyed getting to know both Zach and principal Don Wilson. I always find it heartening to meet school leaders who are not only committed to the quality of the education but also understanding of the importance of promoting a fun and active lifestyle. That is certainly the case at Wonderland. Importantly, the kids raised over $40,000 in one morning of walking. Congratulations to everyone involved!
PeterMarch 11, 2010
More favorite miles from our favorite celebrities! Pete Carroll, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Dean Karnazes chime in!
Coach Carroll’s Favorite Mile
Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Favorite Mile
Dean’s Favorite Mile
You all know how we’re suckers for great maps around here. So we’re happy to have finished these handy detail maps of the start and finish areas. The start map will help you find your way around Dodger Stadium before the start. And the finish map gives you an idea of how the finish chute and Finish Line Beach party are almost right next to each other. See you on the starting line!
March 9, 2010
Even the Lakers are getting in on the marathon action! Check out what Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol had to say about the new Stadium to the Sea Course.
Lamar Odom’s Favorite Mile
Kobe Bryant’s Favorite Mile
Pau Gasol’s Favorite Mile
Take your bike to the big finish of the Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss! We’re partnering with the City of Santa Monica’s Bike Valet to bring you free bicycle parking on race day at two convenient locations. If you’re meeting a friend or family member after the race or just want to check out the excitement, biking to the finish helps you avoid traffic, parking fees and is good for the environment!
Ocean and Arizona Bike Valet
7AM – 5PM
to access: approach via 2nd Street or Arizona Avenue
(click for map)
Finish Line Festival Beach Party Bike Valet
7AM – 5PM
to access: approach from the north or south Bike Path, the lot is just north of the Santa Monica Pier
Ladies and Gentlemen we have a winner! This year the Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss held our first-ever T-Shirt Design Competition on 99designs.com. While over 250 unique designs were submitted online we narrowed the field to 5 finalists and put them up for a public vote on the homepage of lamarathon.com. During the 2 week voting period over 2,000 votes accumulated for the different designs which came from Indonesia, Germany, Grand Cayman Islands and Romania.
The winning design was created by Jose Carvajal from the design firm Jacober + Associates out of Miami, Florida. Jacober + Associates will be awarded a $295 prize for their work and the design will be featured on t-shirts sold at the Marathon’s 2-day Expo at Dodger Stadium. Click here to read the full press release.March 5, 2010
We’ve had a GREAT response to our request for first-time marathon stories. A big thank you to everyone who has shared their stories with us. They have been wonderful. We’ve received more than 300 and at the moment have all we need. Again, thank you. 16 days to go … we’ll see everyone at the starting line.
StacyMarch 3, 2010
We’ve had a media request for stories from runners who have never competed in a marathon before and the Honda Los Angeles Marathon presented by K-Swiss is their very first. If you are a marathon first-timer, please email Jan Fambro at firstname.lastname@example.org who is working on our media relations team. Some of the things the media might be interested in knowing are:
Thanks and keep training! It will pay off soon!
StacyMarch 1, 2010
We’re bringing back the CLIF BAR Pace Team this year to help you meet your goal finishing time for the Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss. Each Pace Team will have a Pace Leader who will run mile after mile along the course in the same amount of time. By following your Pace Leader you can finish the race at either 3:10, 3:20, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 5:00 or 5:30. During the race your leader will also remind you to eat, drink, and cheer you on!
Joining the Pace Team is free, just click here to sign up OR sign up at the CLIF BAR booth during our Expo at Dodger Stadium on March 19th and 20th!