That’s right, only 269 days to go until the 2011 Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss. You haven’t heard much from us lately, because we’ve been busy getting ready for liftoff. You’d think that this time of year would be the time for us to sit back and relax. Not so. It’s amazing how much there is to do right now. We’re working on the website, debriefing with our civic and brand partners, and thinking about how to improve next year’s event. Here are just a few of the things we’re working on:
• We know that some of you are still waiting for your 2010 participant shirts. Please be patient with us. We had a vendor problem that has now been fixed, but the shirts are still a couple weeks away. A soon as we get them we’ll turn them around as fast as we can. You deserved your shirts months ago, and it’s our fault you don’t have them. We’re working as fast as we can to fix the problem.
• Stay tuned for an announcement regarding the opening of registration for the 2011 race. We’ll get those details out next week. As most of you know, the 2010 Honda LA Marathon sold out. This year you’ll want to make sure you sign up early.
• We’ll feature the same Stadium to the Sea route in 2011. Although we may make a few very minor changes, plan on once again starting at Dodger Stadium, traveling through four municipalities plus the VA, and then finishing at the Santa Monica Pier.
• For us, the most important thing we can offer to you, the runner, is a great LA Marathon experience. That starts with your interaction with us now and continues through the Expo, race day and all of our post-race communication. Our terrific staff spends every day thinking about all of the details, and there are thousands of them, that will improve your experience. When something is really amazing, I say that it’s “Epic.” And I hope that virtually all of you have an Epic 2011 LA Marathon.