ASICS LA MARATHON: MILE 1
The start of the ASICS LA Marathon is right in the middle of Elysian Park, at historic Dodger Stadium. Most of the first mile of the course is in Elysian Park, as the course winds its way out of the Dodger Stadium parking lots onto Elysian Park Avenue and then onto Sunset Blvd.
Home to Dodger Stadium, the Los Angeles Police Academy, and the second largest park in Los Angeles, Elysian Park is a small community tucked into the hills surrounding the 600 acre park.
Home to Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers since it opened in 1962, Dodger Stadium is currently the third oldest ballpark in MLB and the largest by capacity. The Stadium has been home to games of eight different World Series including Game 4 of the 1963 World Series, the only time the Dodgers have clinched a World Series victory at Dodger Stadium. Dodger Stadium has hosted many historic events including the baseball competition of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1987, and the finals of the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
The park itself is the oldest park in Los Angeles, founded in the late 1800s as land set aside in perpetuity for public use as a public park. The park hosted the shooting competition and portions of the modern pentathlon competition of the 1932 Summer Olympic Games.