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November 30, 2010

Honda LA Marathon Unveils 2011 Course: Stadium to the Sea 2.0

Race to be more runner-friendly, add loops through Chinatown & Little Tokyo;
Starts at Dodger Stadium, finishes just steps from the Santa Monica Pier

One of the world’s greatest marathon routes just got a little better. The 2011 Honda LA Marathon Presented by K-SWISS will once again start at Dodger Stadium and finish on Ocean Avenue, just steps from the Santa Monica Pier. Along the way, runners will pass all of the great landmarks of the 2010 race – along with a few new ones.

The 2010 Marathon featured the debut of the Stadium to the Sea course, which took runners through four cities and the federal VA property, and drew a sold-out field and hundreds of thousands of spectators. The newly revised course adds Chinatown’s Dragon Gateway and the Little Tokyo Historic District to an already impressive list of landmarks that includes Los Angeles City Hall (mile 3), Grauman’s Chinese Theater (mile 11), the Capitol Records Building (mile 11), Sunset Strip (mile 13) and Rodeo Drive (mile 17), among others.

“We believe this marathon course gives runners a unique opportunity to experience the best of Los Angeles,” said LA MARATHON LLC Chief Operating Officer Nick Curl. “With the addition of Chinatown and Little Tokyo, the Stadium to the Sea course will show runners even more of what makes Los Angeles so great.”

In making the announcement, race organizers unveiled a first-of-its-kind animated course video that takes viewers through the twists and turns of the newly updated Stadium to the Sea route. The two-minute video, available at www.lamarathon.com, provides an overhead look at some of race’s grand icons and indicates elevation changes throughout the course. 

The new trips through the communities of Chinatown (mile 2) and Little Tokyo (mile 3) were made possible by a simple change at the starting line: In 2010, runners began with a loop around Dodger Stadium before heading out to city streets. But race organizers determined that a direct route from the stadium, without the loop, would facilitate both pre-race and starting-line logistics. In particular, traffic flow should be much better before the race.

In a slight change at the finish, runners will now end the race at California Avenue, three blocks north of the 2010 finish line, giving them additional post-race recovery space. Organizers plan further announcements about race-day logistics as the March 20, 2011 event draws near.

“While the 2010 Honda LA Marathon was a huge success, we believe in constant improvement,” Curl said. “These changes are designed to make the runner experience even better, and to inspire even more of Los Angeles along the way.”

Registration for the 2011 Honda LA Marathon is underway, and the race is expected to sell out. Runners are encouraged to sign up at www.lamarathon.com, where a full course map, list of landmarks and the animated course video may all be found.

November 16, 2010

Making Your Miles More Meaningful – The Gifts That Keep On Giving

The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 26 .2 miles that is usually run as a road race. The name Marathon comes from the legend of Philippides, a Greek messenger. The legend states that he was sent from the battlefield of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon.  It is said that he ran the entire distance without stopping and burst into the assembly, exclaiming “We have won” before collapsing and dying.

The marathon was one of the original modern events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 500 marathons are contested throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes. On March 20, 2011 the Honda LA Marathon will be running its 26th marathon! Will you be running that day?

Here’s a little bit of motivation from Jeff Galloway*, who recently completed the Athens Marathon in Greece.

At first it seemed like your average Marathon start in Athens– crowded, energized, full of expectation and questions about how one would feel at the finish.  But as we turned the corner and saw the tomb of the soldiers who fought for our democracy in 490 BC it hit me.  We were running on the same ground as Phidippides — 2500 years later. 
 
The Marathon has more power today because it has become the most universal symbol of health excellence.  As I listened to the babble of an amazing number of languages, the energy of the runners was universal.  We were sharing a special moment together as we were earning our right to be called Marathoners.  
 
It was my 155th marathon, and I don’t take any of them for granted.  But as I entered the sacred ground of the original stadium of the modern Olympic Games I was more emotional that I had been since I ran the Boston Marathon with my 75 year old father in 1996.
 
As you finish your special race or workout run during the next year, give thanks for the rich history of the ancient messengers, for the endorphins that change our attitude for the better in a few minutes, for the unique blend of body, mind and spirit that we receive from running. 
 
On to the next 2500 years of inspiration.

*Jeff Galloway is world-class athlete. As a member of the 1972 Olympic team, Jeff competed against the world’s best athletes in Europe, Africa, and the former Soviet Union. Among his victories are the Peachtree Road Race, Honolulu Marathon, Atlanta Marathon and top place finisher in many prominent U.S. races such as the Boston Marathon. He is the Founder of the Galloway Marathon Training Program and has coached over 200,000 runners and walkers.

November 10, 2010

7x7x7 Conclusion – Congratulations Marie-Louise!

We are pleased to announce that Marie-Louise Stenild completed her 7x7x7 Challenge last Friday in London.   She is now officially the first woman to have run 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.  The Honda LA Marathon staff is truly amazed and proud of her accomplishment and we feel honored to have been a part of her journey.  To make sure she gets the full Stadium to the Sea experience we have invited her back as our guest to run the 2011 Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss.  We are looking forward to welcoming her back to Los Angeles in March.

Here is a recap of her adventure from the Westminster Chronicle:

Pimlico woman runs into record books

A Pimlico lawyer has run her way into the record books by completing an epic marathon challenge.

Marie-Louise Stenild, 36, of Dolphin Square, has become the first woman to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.  She began her quest on October 30 in the Falklands and crossed the finishing line on The Mall in Westminster on November 5, taking in Chile, the USA, Australia, Singapore and Egypt along the route.

After completing the challenge, she said: “I’m just very happy and it’s really nice to be home.  “The Singapore marathon was very tough because it was very hot and humid, but I’ve been quite strong throughout the race which has surprised me.  “I’m just so pleased not to have to worry about getting on a plane.”

Before she left, she told the Chronicle: “Failure is not an option.”  To recover from her 183.4-mile challenge, Miss Stenild took a week off work as a City-based lawyer with Rogge Global Partners, which sponsored her.  She was inspired by adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, whom she heard speak about his 7x7x7 in 2005.

At the finishing line, she was cheered by her friends, family and colleagues.  Her father Anders Stenild said: “In the beginning, I thought it was a crazy idea but she has done a very good job. “I think she’s inspired me to do a bit more running now.”

Miss Stenild ran the race to raise money for the Adam Rogers Trust, set up by Mark and Fiona Rogers in memory of their 13-year-old son Adam, who died of a brain tumour three years ago.  The trust cares for children with cancer and encourages adults with learning difficulties to live and work in the community. Miss Stenild decided to raise money for the charity through her challenge, as she was so moved by Adam’s story and the strength and dedication of his parents.

For more information, see www.7x7x7.co.uk or www.adamrogerstrust.org.

November 9, 2010

Making Your Miles More Meaningful – Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County

This weekend topic at the LA Roadrunners (our official training program) is Women and Running. A guest speaking will be talking about important running issues as they relate to women.  Well that got me thinking about one of our Official Charities.  Girls on the Run!

Their mission is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living..

Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County is a lot more than a running program. They are fitness and health for mind, body and life. Girls on the Run of Los Angeles County is a life-changing, learning program for girls age eight to fourteen years old. The program combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts. The goals of the programs are to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development.

The Girls on the Run objective is to reduce the potential display of at-risk activities among its participants. The goal is fewer adolescent pregnancies and eating disorders, less depression and suicide attempts, as well as fewer substance/alcohol abuse problems and confrontations with the juvenile justice system.

Amy, age 10, recently won a national essay contest with her answer to the question:   “How has Girls on the Run helped you to be more fearless?”  Here’s her response

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I learned to get through the tornadoes in my life with the help of Girls on the Run. At GOTR they give you a yellow brick road to fearlessness. In this version I am from Pasadena, not Kansas, and I don’t have a dog, but I have friends. We are all trying to reach the Emerald City where our coaches work hard to make our trip easy. For example, there is a scarecrow in my life. She has been through a lot this past week. I have to be strong and fearless for her. I learned, at GOTR, to listen to my inner voice and stand up for myself and others. I helped the scarecrow down from a pole of sadness and uncertainty, but I wouldn’t be able to say this without GOTR. There is also a tinman. A person without a heart. She is the one who has kept the scarecrow on her pole this whole time. But in this story the scarecrow and I didn’t bother to take her with us.  With the strength I have gotten from GOTR, I don’t need a wizard to get me home, and I don’t need ruby slippers when I have running shoes.
Join the first-ever GOTRLA team to run or walk the marathon and raise money to help make GOTR available to girls in Los Angeles.

Contact Info:  Girls on the Run Los Angeles – Christine Harmes Christine@gotrlosangeles.org

November 3, 2010

7x7x7 Update – 4 marathons down, 3 to go!

On Monday, the LA Marathon staff was on hand to support Marie-Louise Stenild on her world record attempt to become the 1st woman to run 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days.  We were so honored to be a part of this experience and had a great time hearing about her training as well as her travels and marathons completed thus far.  I had the pleasure of running the entire course with her and even on day 3 she looked strong and kept a smile on her face during the entire run.  In her words, “Failure is not an option!”  She is an amazing and determined woman and if days 4-7 are anything like Monday she will have no problem accomplishing this feat. 

Here are some of the highlights from Marie-Louise’s run of the Stadium to the Sea course:

7x7x7 Itinerary

Marie-Louise speaks with KABC7 before the run

LA Marathon/LA Dodgers team with Marie-Louise

And we're off...

Congratulations Marie-Louise! Marathon #3 completed

For those of you following Marie-Louise’a journey she is now in Singapore getting ready for marathon #5.  Her next two marathons (Singapore and Cairo) will be run at night in order to avoid the heat and humidity of daytime running.  She will continue to update her blog, www.7x7x7.co.uk/blog.html as she reaches each city and completes the marathons.

We wish her the best of luck and are looking forward to her strong finish in London on Friday!

Stacy

SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014