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The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon features dozens of points of entertainment along the course!


Naturally, a race held in the entertainment capital of the world must have a major entertainment component. The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is known for its start-to-finish entertainment program to encourage runners and to celebrate the city's diversity. More than 45 bands, 600+ cheerleaders, 5 entertainment centers will have programs on the course, celebrating the triumph of each marathoner.


Applications to be part of the course entertainment for the 2016 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon will be available in late 2015. Please continue to check this page for updates.



For the fifth year, Chinatown will celebrate with the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon by bringing out the East Wind Foundation for Youth. They will provide a cultural performance of Lion Dancing with live music accompaniment. The Chinatown Entertainment Center is always very loud, festive, and fun! Come celebrate and cheer on runners just after they've begun their race!

Japanese American National Museum

In its first year joining the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon on course, the outreach from the Japanese American National Museum is sure to impress! Don't miss JANM's marathon debut in downtown Los Angeles.

Hongo Taiko School

For more than 20 years, the Hongo Taiko Drum School, a premier Japanese taiko drum ensemble, has supported runners near Mile 4 next to Disney Concert Hall. They seek to raise the level of intensity and enjoyment of taiko for themselves, as well as the audience, by striving for a high level of group unity. They are dedicated to the advancement of the art of taiko drumming with a deep respect of traditional Japanese culture and spirit. The Japanese taiko drum ensemble has been a staple of the marathon and is well-loved by its runners.

Earlez Grille

Earlez Grille is a famous hot dog restaurant founded two decades ago by brothers Cary and Duane Earle. What started out as a hot dog cart in the Crenshaw Santa Barbara Plaza has evolved into a successful catering business in the heart of the Crenshaw district at Jack's Chili Factory. They offer hot dogs, sandwiches, burgers, tamales, Jamaican patties, chicken wings, ol' school coffee cakes, vegan & veggie fare and much more.

Hollywood/N Vermont

The Salvadoran Community has been a part of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon for 17 years. Join the party just outside of Barnsdall Art Park! The group brings out popular musical entertainment to Mile 8 at Hollywood Boulevard and Prospect Avenue.


As runners leave Beverly Hills and head toward Mile 18, they are greeted by over 600 hundred local cheerleaders making noise to encourage runners get to the Finish Line of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. Cheer Alley is the Pep Rally of the Year, and is comprised of Middle and High School cheerleaders from across Southern California.

This is the fifth year of the competition and each squad will perform their 2-minute routine, and then will line the course to cheer on runners. Squads will be judged on overall spirit, creativity, showmanship and uniform.

Congratulations to our winning cheer squads:

1st Place -- Roosevelt High School
2nd Place -- Banning High School
3rd Place -- Westchester High School

Thanks to all of the squads that participated:

Animo Jefferson Charter Middle School
Banning High School
Bell Gardens Pepsters
Crown Prep Academy
Culver City Middle School
Franklin High School
Griffith Middle School
Huntington Middle School
Huntington Park High School
Lindsey Middle school
Magnolia Science Academy
Marshall Middle School (Academy of the Arts)
R. L. Stevenson Middle School
Roosevelt High School
Sal Castro
Suva Intermediate
Thomas Alva Edison Middle School
Washington Middle school
Westchester High School