Expo Under Construction

Our Partnerships Director Dave Klewan took this shot at Dodger Stadium yesterday. In the foreground is the beginnings of the tent that will house packet pick up and the Sport Chalet Official Merchandise Store. How exciting is this? After last year, we decided that an outdoor Expo at the Stadium would be so much more fun that being inside a convention center, like every other marathon. So Dave Klewan put together this amazing LA Marathon City outside of centerfield. Please check out Expo page for the speakers schedule and other information. By the way, you’ll appreciate that parking is free, and there’s plenty of it. See you on Friday morning at 11:00 am when the “doors” open.


Gordon Ramsay’s Favorite Mile

We had a lot of fun speaking with Gordon about the LA Marathon. Not only is he running the race this year, but he’s run five Comrades ultramarathons in South Africa. This guy is serious about distance running. And it was impressive to watch him juggle two TV shows, 20 restaurants around the world, cookbooks…AND training for LA. He was clearly so passionate about running. We’re happy to have him in the field!


Track Club LA Annual Party

Yesterday I made time to attend the Track Club LA party in Pacific Palisades. This is a tremendous group of fast runners. Although I regularly get lapped by many of them at our weekly track workouts, I’m typically having so much fun that I don’t seem to care. Graciously hosted by Eric Barron, his wife Wenise and their daughter Violet, I was able to speak briefly about Marathon week and some of the exciting things going on this year. I find it so productive to be out speaking with runners face-to-face about the LA Marathon, and I invariably pick up some ideas based on their input. I’m personally really excited to cheer on some of the TCLA athletes on race day: Bert Whitson (he of the now-famous LA Marathon course video) is shooting for a 2:40, Mike Davies (winner of last month’s Pasadena Marathon) will be looking to go low-2:30s, and Ginna Ladd is gunning for her first sub-3:00 time. Good luck to all of you, and thanks for hosting me!


Goody Bag Stuffing

This week I found my way in to the secret undisclosed location where we stuff all of the 25,000+ goody bags for this year’s LA Marathon. In charge of the operation were longtime LA Marathon workhorses Leon and Gerald, who both always show up with a smile and a great attitude. Where would we be without these guys? They had a crew going putting the bags together. Remember, this bag does double duty: it serves as your goody bag and then again as your gear check bag for race day. And when you’re all done with it, you’ll have the option to recycle the bag down in our Finish Line Festival. While no one was looking I managed to snap a few shots of the process and contents. Note that every runner gets their own custom Don Francisco’s Coffee as well as a bag of Emerald Nuts and a Salon Pas topical analgesic sample. And a lot more! See for yourself at the Expo when you pick up your bag.


Work in Progress

There may have been a time when the Stadium to the Sea route just seemed too good to be true. No longer. We’re now in final countdown mode to the 25th Anniversary LA Marathon, and I’ve got the photos to prove it. Our president Russ Pillar shot this photo today at Mile 25.5. I have to say that I got excited just looking at this. Game on folks! In less than a week you’ll be legging out your final strides on the finishing stretch of the LA Marathon, with a view of the ocean on your right. We’re fired up, and we hope you are, too.


Got Posters?

We printed 11,000 posters like this that represent eleven neighborhoods along the route: Downtown, Echo Park, Silverlake, Hollywood, Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City, the VA, Brentwood and Santa Monica. They’ve been distributed to businesses and residences on the course. We hope they’re displayed proudly, and the goal is to increase awareness of the event at street level. They scream: “The LA Marathon runs through here!” If you see one in a window, feel free to honk or give a high-five—that person is supporting the Marathon.


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



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.


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.


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!


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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015