The Official Blog of the LA Marathon

February 25, 2014

The ASICS LA Marathon Treadmill Challenge

Take the ASICS LA Marathon Treadmill Challenge and help raise money for one of the Official Charities of the ASICS LA Marathon!

The marathon treadmill is custom built and only runs at one speed, the course record pace for the ASICS LA Marathon. The course record is 2:06:35 (12.4 MPH)!

Check out the ASICS LA Marathon Treadmill Challenge at the following locations:

2/28 – 3/3 from 11:00am – 8:00pm: The Grove on Lawn near Nordstrom (189 The Grove Dr., Los Angeles),
3/4 – 3/6 from 10:00am – 9:00pm: 3rd St. Promenade Near Old Navy  (1200 Block 1351 3rd St., Santa Monica)
3/7  from 10:00am – 7:00pm: Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall Plaza, Figueroa & 12th St., Los Angeles)
3/8  from 9:00am – 5:00pm: Los Angeles Convention Center (West Hall Plaza, Figueroa & 12th St., Los Angeles)
3/9  from 9:00am – 5:00pm: Finish Festival (Santa Monica Blvd. & 2nd St., Santa Monica

February 25, 2014

Los Angeles to host 2016 Olympic Team Trials For Men’s and Women’s Marathon

LOS ANGELES –The City of Los Angeles will host the Women’s and Men’s 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Marathon, USA Track & Field, the U.S. Olympic Committee, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and LA MARATHON LLC announced Wednesday.

The 2016 Olympic Trials will be held Feb. 13, 2016. With separate starts, the men’s and women’s races both will be carried in their entirety on NBC.

“We are thrilled with what Los Angeles will provide to our athletes, the Olympic movement and the sport of long distance running by hosting this event,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said. “With television coverage on NBC and incredible public and private support for the race in one of the world’s biggest media markets, everything is in place to continue to elevate the Olympic Trials and give our athletes a platform on which they can truly shine.”

“I’m happy and honored USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic Committee have chosen Los Angeles as host city for the 2016 Olympic marathon trials,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “With its iconic landmarks and decades of experience hosting world class sporting events, Los Angeles is the ideal location for America’s elite marathoners to prepare for the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil.”

“The U.S. Olympic Committee is pleased to be returning to Los Angeles with this amazing event,” USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said. “As the host of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, Los Angeles has a tremendous Olympic legacy and L.A.’s status as a global center of sport and culture make it an exceptional host for the Olympic Trials.”

Click Here for complete press release.

Click Here to watch a video recap of press conference.

February 15, 2014

Official Charity Highlights: Premier Charities: Team World Vision

Take a closer look at one of the ASICS LA Marathon’s Official Charities!
Premier Charity: Team World Vision

TWVphoto_01Globally, an estimated 768 million people live without access to safe water. Every day in Africa, people – mainly women and children – walk on average six miles round trip in their search for water – any kind of water. Close to 2,000 children (under the age of five) die every day from diarrheal diseases, and approximately 1,800 of these deaths are linked to water, sanitation and hygiene.

Team World Vision runners run marathons and half marathons to END that cycle. 80% of our runners have never run before Team World Vision. We are united by a PASSION to provide clean water in Africa. No other essential has a more dramatic effect on a child’s life than clean water. In fact, combined with improved sanitation – including access to safe toilets, as well as training in hygiene – access to clean water can immediately cut child deaths by more than half.

World Vision partners with local villages, equipping leaders there to develop, maintain and administer clean water resources – over ten technologies in all, from bore hole wells to rain water catchments. World Vision provides more clean water worldwide than any other charity, reaching another person with clean drinking water every 30 seconds. Team World Vision runners run for LONG-LASTING water projects, developed locally, and our goal is to provide water for life for every mile we run. $50 donated through World Vision provides one person with water for life.

The children and families we run for spend eight to ten hours every day fetching dirty water, putting themselves at risk of violence – even kidnapping – and putting their family at risk of malaria, guinea worm and dysentery. When our runners fundraise $50 per mile and a community gains access to clean water, we shut down that cycle. Children no longer fetch for ten hours a day – they’re in school. Parents are free to start businesses and tend farms. Families prosper. Hope returns.

Help end their search. Be a part of this transformational journey. Learn more and join Team World Vision at

November 5, 2013

Official Charity Highlights: Premier Charities: ALSAC St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Take a closer look at one of the ASICS LA Marathon’s Official Charities!
Premier Charity: ALSAC St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Dolf Hero

Become an ASICS LA Marathon St. Jude Hero and join local patient dad, Dolf, in the fight against pediatric cancer!

Third time ASICS LA Marathon runner and father to St. Jude patient Brooke, Dolf shares with us his experience as a Hero.

As a father of a St. Jude patient what has been your experience with St. Jude?

“St. Jude has provided our family with hope, inspiration, support and compassion unlike anything we could have ever imagined prior to receiving the diagnosis that our then 4 year old daughter, Brooke, had a rare pituitary brain tumor.  We lived in Memphis at the Target House for nearly 3 months in 2010 while Brooke was getting treated and having experienced firsthand exactly what happens there and the outreach, love and support to St. Jude patients and their families, St. Jude is simply too good to be true!  If I didn’t live it, I wouldn’t believe to what extent St. Jude’s goes to channel all energy towards curing those beloved children.  Although Brooke’s treatments officially ended in May 2010, she is still an active patient of St. Jude and returns frequently for follow up appointments and monitoring of her tumor.  We are forever indebted to St. Jude for welcoming us into the St. Jude family as virtually everyone we’ve been in contact there has a soft spot in their hearts for the kids and their families and it shows in how they treat everyone, every day.  It is a very special place.

Why you are completing the ASICS LA Marathon? While I can obtain donations and create awareness for St. Jude without running 26.2 miles in one day, my daughter is in a marathon of her own that is far more challenging and a daily reality she will deal with for the rest of her life so my running this marathon as a St. Jude Hero is to honor her while raising money for St. Jude (a double benefit).

To become a St. Jude Hero please contact:

November 4, 2013

Official Charity Highlights: Featured Charities — The Dream Center

Take a closer look at one of the ASICS LA Marathon’s Official Charities!
Featured Charity: The Dream Center
Featured Charity: ARC

Dream CenterAs an official charity of the ASICS LA Marathon, The Dream Center is challenging our supporters to RUN FOR HOPE.

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery that has an estimated 27 million victims in the world today.  It’s happening in our back yard with the FBI identifying Los Angeles as one of the hotspots for domestic and international trafficking.

When you support the Dream Center’s run for hope team you help restore lives torn apart by human trafficking. All proceeds raised go directly to the program which rescues, rehabilitates and restores adult female survivors.







Team ARC

About James Jenson, First person with Down Syndrome to finish the NYC Marathon:

From the age of 8 Jimmy lived in group homes.  Twelve years ago Jimmy came to be a part of the ARC Adaptive Living Program.  He was withdrawn, overweight, lacked self-confidence, and self care skills. For the first time in his Team ARClife he was living semi-independently. Having caring people to encourage him Jimmy began wearing dentures, choosing his own clothing and learning to cook and clean.  Jimmy loves to dance, play basketball, attend his day program ARC where he volunteers at the local senior center, plays in an English hand bell choir, learns budgeting & shopping skills, goes into the community, and much more.

In 2002 he saw some friends doing a 5k.  Jennifer his now coach suggested they start training so he could join his friends.  From then on began a routine of going to local parks, walking on the Treadmill and dancing to get ready for the 5k.  In 2003 Jimmy was so excited that he was no longer sitting on the sidelines watching, but participating and getting a medal.

Over the years Jimmy grew to enjoy walking and “a little bit of running, but not too much.”  He started doing 10k, and ½ marathons.  2013 he finished his 1st marathon, the ASICS LA Marathon.

What inspired you to participate in this race?

“I wanted to go to the park and do the marathon with Jennifer my coach and Rafael my roommate.  I do it for my friends.”  Jimmy understands that all the great things he is able to do like go camping in Malibu, playing sports, and going into the community all cost money and he wants to help raise money for his program ARC.

ARC Activities, Recreation & Care for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities

ARC is a charitable, non-profit, tax deductible, California corporation, incorporated for the purpose of promoting the welfare, protection, education & advancement of individuals with developmental disabilities. It is designed to assess the ability & potential of each person, then develop and implement a regimen of activities calculated to help achieve his/her full potential for mental, emotional, physical & spiritual development.

Since its founding in 1969, ARC has grown and adapted to the needs of the individuals with Developmental Disabilities it serves. ARC brings awareness and advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities with its English Hand bell & Chime Choirs, and Team ARC.  ARC also has a programs and activities for individuals with IDD 18 years and older; those programs include Day Program, Adaptive Living, Saturday Program, Young Adult Club, 2 camping trips and soon ARC will be opening its first residential care facility to meet the needs of ARCers with higher level of needs.

Please visit for more information.

Sponsor Jimmy to run the LA Marathon at

Contact Info: Jennifer or Rosie (818)762-4365

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