Charity Challenge

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A race unique to our Charity Program, allowing participants to run their favorite portion of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon!

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Overview

The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is excited to add a new option for our amazing charity partners, the Stadium vs. Sea Charity Challenge (Charity Challenge) for participants to raise money and awareness for their favorite charity, all while experiencing their favorite section of the Stadium to the Sea Course.

What is the Charity Challenge?

The Charity Challenge is a race within a race. Athletes have the option to either run from Dodger Stadium to Hollywood (Stadium) or from Hollywood to Santa Monica (Sea). Please visit the Official Charity page to locate an Official Charity Partner that has been awarded Charity Challenge entries. Contact the charity directly and let them know you are interested in running the Charity Challenge for their team. See course FAQs below for more details.

Is it a half marathon?

No. The Charity Challenge is not measured, or timed as a half marathon and cannot be used for an official qualifying time for another event. The Stadium section is 12.9 miles, and the Sea Section is 13.3 miles.

How do I register?

Please visit the Official Charity page to locate an Official Charity Partner that has been awarded Charity Challenge entries(COMING SOON!) Contact the charity directly and let them know you are interested in running the Charity Challenge for their team. They will provide you with the requirements you must meet to be a part of their team (including fundraising), and will send you a link to register once you meet said requirements.

How do I pick which section I want to run?

You will select which section you want to run at the time you register. It will be a question within your race registration. Runners have the option to either run from Dodger Stadium to Hollywood (Stadium) or Hollywood to Santa Monica (Sea).

The section I want to run isn’t showing in registration anymore – what do I do?

Entries for each section are extremely limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Once a section is full, runners will only be able to choose the section that still has space.

Once I register and select a section, can I switch?

Yes, you may switch sections (from Stadium to Sea, or vice versa) until that section is SOLD OUT. Entries for each section are extremely limited and will be filled on a fist come, first served basis. To switch please email [email protected] with your name, email and request.

Do I have to fundraise?

YES! You GET to fundraise for the cause you chose from our official charity partner list. You will be giving people the opportunity to make a difference for a cause you are passionate about by asking them to donate to your fundraising campaign for the race!

How much do I get to fundraise?

We give each charity organization the opportunity to set their own fundraising minimums. The minimums vary, and each team offers different benefits. Please contact the charity you are interested in running with for more details.

Where does each section run?

Runners have the option to either run from Dodger Stadium to Hollywood (Stadium) or from Hollywood to Santa Monica (Sea).

Stadium: Starts at Dodger Stadium at the start line of the Los Angeles Marathon, runs alongside the full marathon runners for 12.9 miles, and finishes on Sunset Blvd., at Orange Grove Ave., in Hollywood.

Sea: Starts at Sunset Blvd. at Orange Grove Ave. in Hollywood, runs alongside the full marathon runners for 13.3 miles and finishes at the main finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon at Ocean Ave. and California Ave. in Santa Monica.

What are the event details for each section?

Stadium

Start Time: 6:55 AM (along with full marathoners)

Getting to the Start: Runners will act as though they are running the full marathon. They have the following options in getting to the start: Park at Dodger Stadium (no return shuttle to stadium), Shuttle from Santa Monica or Union Station get dropped off at Dodger Stadium. http://www.lamarathon.com/race-weekend/parking/shuttles

Gear Check: There will NOT be a gear check option for the Charity Challenge. Please do NOT put your gear in a truck headed to the finish line in Santa Monica, as you will not be able to access it. Please consider running with a small waist belt to hold your necessities.

Finish Line: The “Stadium” finish will be on the LEFT side of the race course, at the corner of Sunset Blvd. at Orange Grove Ave. in Hollywood. Runners should start looking for signs to merge left, and enter the Charity Challenge finish line chute when prompted by signs and volunteers. It will have all the amenities of a great finish! A finisher medal, water/food, Heatsheets and support from the charity program.

Return Shuttle: If you parked in Santa Monica, and took a shuttle to the start, we will shuttle you back to Santa Monica. Shuttles will leave intermittently and be staged on De Longpre Ave.

Sea

Start Time: 8:30 AM (in monitored waves every 5 minutes). NO runners will be allowed to start before 8:30 AM. Runners will merge in to the marathon course from the left, and are will be released in timed waves. Runners who start before the authorized time will be disqualified and not eligible for any Charity Challenge competitions.

Getting to the Start: Runners will report to the start line at the corner of Sunset Blvd. at Orange Grove Ave. in Hollywood no later than 7:30 AM. They have the following options: Shuttle from Santa Monica (The shuttle departure times are 6:30 AM and 7:00 AM. Make sure you are not boarding earlier shuttles that will be heading to Dodger Stadium.), Get dropped off (must approach south of the course, runners can be dropped off on Delongpre between Odgen Ave. and Orange Grove Ave.

Gear Check: There will NOT be a gear check option for the Charity Challenge. Please consider running with a small waist belt to hold your necessities.

Finish Line: The “Sea” finish is the same as the main finish line of the marathon at Ocean Ave. and California Ave. in Santa Monica. Runners will receive the Charity Challenge finisher medal in the finish chute, and then proceed to get water/food, Heatsheets, and other amenities.

What makes it a Charity CHALLENGE?

The Los Angeles Marathon Official Charity Program will award winners in the following categories:

  • Largest total amount raised by either Stadium or the Sea section
    • Ie. Which side can raise the most money for their respective charities!?
  • Most funds raised by an individual for each section
  • Most funds raised by a single charity
  • Fastest Per Mile pace for each section
  • Fastest Per Mile pace overall

What if I want to run with someone who is running the full marathon?

This is totally possible! We recommend you run with them during the Stadium section, so you can both start at Dodger Stadium together. You will finish at Sunset Blvd./ Orange Grove Ave. and they will continue along the rest of the course. Option: You can then take the shuttle to the finish, cheer them on and attend the Finish Festival together!

I am injured, can I get a refund?

We do not currently offer refunds, transfers or referrals for our events, including the Charity Challenge.

Is there a time limit?

The Marathon course will reopen for public use on a rolling schedule based on a 6 hour and 30 minute time limit, after the last runner crosses the start line at Dodger Stadium. Participants that fall behind this pace will be directed to the sidewalk and allowed to finish the race, but will not be guaranteed a finishing time. Once directed to the sidewalk participants are required to obey all traffic and pedestrian laws. Aid stations will also close on the same rolling schedule as the streets. The Event time requirement applies to all forms of entry and Event participation.

Do I have to pick up my participant packet at the Health & Fitness Expo?

Yes. All participants must pick up their event-issued bib number, timing device and technical t-shirt and at the Health & Fitness Expo. We do not mail out participant packets and there is NO race day packet pick-up. The Health & Fitness Expo be held on Friday, March 16th from 10:00am to 7:00pm and Saturday, March 17th from 9:00am to 5:00pm at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall G & H.