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.



3 Responses to “Track Club LA and the LA Marathon”
  1. Jeannie says:

    It was a SPECTACULAR LA marathon course this year! Even the amenities at the starting line (with real, nice, indoor bathrooms) were the best. It was definitely challenging with the many elevation changes throughout the ENTIRE course, but the energy was amazing among the runners, the crowds were supportive and seemed to be everywhere, unlike years past. Everyone was excited about it and it showed throughout the entire course! Thank you, thank you, to the organizers for mapping an LA course that truly visits “LA”. :)

  2. Dean says:

    Congratulations to all associated with L.A. Marathon. Our city finally has a world class marathon to encourage runners from around the globe to visit and enjoy the beauty and spirit of our multi-cultural City of Angels….on foot.

  3. Jimmy says:

    Eric isn’t just one of the best coaches in LA, he’s one of the best in the country.