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Spectator Guide

Whether you are looking to support a specific runner or looking to cheer on the masses at the ASICS LA Marathon, we have all the information you need to prepare for race day viewing along the course!

COURSE MAP

 

GETTING TO THE START LINE

If you are driving to the Start Line at Dodger Stadium to drop off a participant or view the start of the race, you must enter through the Golden State Gate accessible via I-5.

DROPPING OFF AT DODGER STADIUM
Use the LEFT lanes leading into the Golden State Gate and proceed to the Runner Drop Off Area in Parking Lot 4.

PARKING AT DODGER STADIUM
Use the RIGHT lanes leading into the Golden State Gate and proceed to Parking Lots 1, 2, and 3.

Click Here for more information on getting to Dodger Stadium on race morning.

 

ENTERTAINMENT ON COURSE

Atmosphere is a big part of the event and these bands make the day one to remember. Find a mile that suits you and stop by for free music while  you cheer on the runners!

Bands

Mile

Location Cross-Street Name

1

Dodger Stadium Parking Area G San Pedro HS Band

1

Elysian Park Ave Stadium Way Gradual Effect

3

Main St 1st St Adams Attic

5

Bellevue Ave Echo Park Ave Devin Tait and the Traitors

6

Sunset Blvd Benton Way Mini Shock Los Angeles

7

Sunset Blvd Santa Monica Blvd Anders-Royal

8

Hollywood Blvd N Edgemont St Mary Lind Recovery Center Choir

9

Hollywood Blvd N Mariposa Ave BETH

10

Hollywood Blvd N Van Ness Ave Power 106

10

Hollywood Vine Flight2daLight

11

Hollywood Whitley Ave WSS Street Team

11

Hollywood Las Palmas Hard Six

12

Sunset La Brea Nolan Garrett

15

Doheny Dr Rosewood Ave 100.3FM The Sound

15

Doheny D Burton Way LA River Swim Team

17

Wilshire Blvd S. Roxbury Dr Hale & Company

17

Wilshire Blvd Little Santa Monica Acidie Bloom

18

Santa Monica S Ave of the Stars Alicia G

18

Santa Monica S Ave of the Stars Aviators

18

Santa Monica Comstock DJ Coalcut

19

Santa Monica Manning Drum Beats

19

Santa Monica Camden Ave CBFree

20

Sepulveda Blvd Ohio Ave Ronny North

21

San Vicente Blvd Barrington Ave Ann Likes Red

21

San Vicente Blvd Barrington Ave Felis

26

San Vicente Ocean Core


 Entertainment Centers

Mile

Location

Location

Name

2

Broadway Alpine St Chinatown

4

1st St Grand Ave The Hongo Taiko School

7

Sunset Blvd Fountain Ave Earlez Grille

8

Hollywood Blvd Prospect Ave Salvadorans

Chinatown

For the fourth year, Chinatown will celebrate with the ASICS LA 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 this Year of the (Water) Snake and cheer on runners just after they’ve begun their race!

Hongo Taiko School

For more than 20 years, Los Angeles Matsuri Taiko, 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 thriving restaurant and 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.

Salvadorans

The Salvadoran Community has been a part of the ASICS LA Marathon for 17 years.

They bring their popular musical entertainment to Mile 8 at Hollywood Boulevard and Prospect Avenue.

CHEER ALLEY
Location: Just at the start of mile 18 near Little Santa Monica Blvd and Moreno Drive

Cheer Alley boasts over 600 cheerleaders lining the streets to provide motivation and encouragement for all marathon runners! A cheer competition will take place for Cheer Alley participants where each squad will be judged on overall spirit, creativity, and showmanship.

SPECTATOR ZONES

The NUTRIBULLOOZA Healthy Living Festival!
Location: Santa Monica at Nemo
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Come join the fun at Mile 15 in West Hollywood where NutriBullet will be celebrating another year of their partnership with the ASICS LA Marathon!  If you’re going to be supporting a runner on race day, this is the place to be!  From 8am to Noon, come enjoy live musical performances via stage and Jumbotron, DJ Spase and the NutriBullet Dancers, live percussion performances, NutriBullet and NutriBullet Swag Giveaways, dance contests, free green smoothie bars, comedy, and more!!

BEVERLY HILLS CHEER ZONE
Location: Little Santa Monica Blvd and N. Crescent Drive
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Come join in the fun and see your runner at this community Cheer Zone that will feature live music, food and beverage sampling, and product giveaways!

ARROWHEAD HYDRATION ZONE
Location: Mile 16 on S. Santa Monica at N. Crescent Drive
Time: 8:00am – 12:00pm

Join hundreds of volunteer’s and spectators at this water station turned celebration! Arrowhead will be on site helping keep runners hydrated and motivated as they hit the home stretch. Come out and join in the celebration.

ASICS SUPPORT  YOUR MARATHONER

ASICS has three video boards located along the course that will broadcast videos, photos, and text messages from friends and family to the runners during the race.  Submit your message of encouragement at supportyourmarathoner.com

Mile 8: Silverlake – Griffith Park Blvd and Sunset Blvd
Mile 17: Beverly Hills – Wilshire Blvd and Rodeo Dr
Mile 22: Veterans’ Administration – Bonsall Ave and Eisenhower Ave

FINISH LINE INFORMATION 

The Finish Line of the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon is located at the intersection of Ocean Ave and California Ave. Spectators are encouraged to  cheer on their runner as they get to the finish, but please note the following NEW security enhancements.

FINISH LINE SPECTATOR VIEWING

Palisades Park: New this year, spectators will NOT be allowed access into Palisades Park south of Washington Ave and north of Santa Monica Blvd.  Any spectators wishing to meet up with runners must head south on 2nd St. to Santa Monica Blvd.  We recommend spectators meet up with runners in the Family Reunion Area on Ocean Ave between Santa Monica Blvd and Broadway Ave.

Secured Event Zone: Also new this year, a Secured Event Zone will be created on Ocean Ave from Santa Monica Blvd to Colorado St.  There will be three designated entrances to the Secured Event Zone (at 2nd Street/Santa Monica Blvd, at 2nd Street/Broadway Ave, and Colorado Ave/Ocean Ave).  You will only be able to access the Secured Event Zone through one of these designated entrances.  All spectators are subject to search upon entering the Secured Event Zone.  It is strongly recommended that spectators opt not to bring bags to help maintain the efficient flow of spectators through the security checkpoints.

PARKING

ARRIVE EARLY!  It is important to give yourself plenty of time to find parking and walk to the Finish Line due to the number of people coming into the area.  Click Here for complete Finish Line parking information.  The map below gives a view of City of Santa Monica-owned parking lots.  Click Here for real-time parking availability in the City of Santa Monica.  

FINISH FESTIVAL
Location: Santa Monica Blvd between Ocean Ave and 2nd St.
Time: 9:00am – 3:00pm

After cheering on the runners as they cross the finish line, join them at the post-race finish festival which includes the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden (free beer for runners – wristband required), the ASICS LA Marathon Treadmill Challenge, entertainment, and giveaways!

FAMILY REUNION

The Family Reunion Area is located on Ocean Ave between Broadway Ave and Colorado Ave.  Make arrangements to meet your family at one of the letters of the alphabet along Ocean Ave.

RUNNER PICK-UP ZONE

The Runner Pick-Up Zone is located on Ocean Ave between Moomat Ahiko Way and Pico Blvd.  Vehicles can access the Runner Pick-Up Zone from the east via Pico Blvd or from the south via Ocean Ave.  Vehicle access is not allowed north of Moomat Ahiko Way on Ocean Ave.

BUS HUB

To make taking transit to/from Santa Monica easier on race day, the Big Blue Bus and Metro will offer all transit service from a single bus hub on 11th St. between Olympic Blvd. and Colorado Ave.  All Big Blue Bus services that operate in Santa Monica on Sundays will stop here (except for Routes 4 & 9, which will not be in service on race day).  Click Here for a map of the Bus Hub.

Big Blue Bus will operate a free shuttle around Downtown Santa Monica including a stop at the Bus Hub.  See map linked above for shuttle stops.
Big Blue Bus Route 10 will take participants back to Union Station.  Catch Route 10 at the Bus Hub.
Metro will operate a free shuttle to the Expo Line Culver City Station from the Bus Hub.

BIKE VALET

The City of Santa Monica will provide a Bike Valet from 8:00AM – 6:00PM at both the Bike Center on 2nd St. at Colorado Ave. and on Ocean Ave. at Tongva Park.

APPROXIMATE RUNNER CROSSINGS

Below is a chart of approximate times runners will be crossing each mile.

Mile Location (City) Lead Women Lead Men Mid-Pack
Start Dodger Stadium near Lot G (LA) 7:11 a.m. 7:25 a.m. 7:29 a.m.
1 Sunset Blvd., just north of Marion Ave. (LA) 7:16 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 7:39 a.m.
2 Broadway, just north of Sunset Blvd. (LA) 7:22 a.m. 7:35 a.m. 7:49 a.m.
3 Main Street, between Temple & 1st Streets (LA) 7:27 a.m. 7:40 a.m. 7:59 a m.
4 1st Street, just north of Spring Street (LA) 7:33 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 8:09 a.m.
5 Temple Street & Victor Street (LA) 7:38 a.m. 7:50 a.m. 8:19 a.m.
6 Glendale Blvd., just before Santa Ynez St. (LA) 7:44 a.m. 7:55 a.m. 8:29 a.m.
7 Sunset Blvd., just before Silver Lake Blvd. (LA) 7:49 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:39 a.m.
8 Sunset Blvd. between Myra & Bates Aves. (LA) 7:55 a.m. 8:05 a.m. 8:49 a.m.
9 Hollywood Blvd. & Edgemont Street (LA) 8:00 a.m. 8:10 a.m. 8:59 a.m.
10 Hollywood Blvd. & Wilton Place (LA) 8:06 a.m. 8:15 a.m. 9:09 a.m.
11 Hollywood Blvd. & Wilcox Ave. (LA) 8:11 a.m. 8:20 a.m. 9:19 a.m.
12 Sunset Blvd. & LaBrea Ave. (LA) 8:17 a.m. 8:25 a.m. 9:29 a.m.
13 Sunset Blvd., just west of Fairfax Ave. (LA) 8:22 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 9:39 a.m.
14 Sunset Blvd., just past Alta Loma Road (LA/WH) 8:28 a.m. 8:35 a.m. 9:49 a.m.
15 Santa Monica Blvd., west of Robertson Blvd. (WH) 8:33 a.m. 8:40 a.m. 9:59 a.m.
16 Burton Way, past Oakhurst Drive (WH/LA/BH) 8:39 a.m. 8:45 a.m. 10:09 a.m.
17 Rodeo Drive & Dayton Way (BH) 8:44 a.m. 8:50 a.m. 10:19 a.m.
18 Santa Monica Blvd & Century Park East (BH/LA) 8:50 a.m. 8:55 a.m. 10:29 a.m.
19 Santa Monica Blvd., past Westholme Ave. (LA) 8:55 a.m. 9:00 a.m. 10:39 a.m.
20 Sepulveda Blvd., north of Santa Monica Blvd. (LA) 9:01 a.m. 9:05 a.m. 10:49 a.m.
21 Dowlen Drive before Bonsall Ave. (VA) 9:06 a.m. 9:10 a.m. 10:59 a.m.
22 San Vicente Blvd., near Montana Ave. (LA) 9:12 a.m. 9:15 a.m. 11:09 a.m.
23 San Vicente Blvd., past Bristol Ave. (LA) 9:17 a.m. 9:20 a.m. 11:19 a.m.
24 San Vicente Blvd. & 18th Street (SM) 9:23 a.m. 9:25 a.m. 11:29 a.m.
25 San Vicente Blvd., between 7th & 4th Streets (SM) 9:28 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 11:39 a.m.
26 Ocean Ave., past Idaho Avenue (SM) 9:34 a.m. 9:35 a.m. 11:49 a.m.
Finish Ocean Ave. & California Ave. (SM) 9:37 a.m. 9:37 a.m. 11:52 a.m.

 

SPECTATOR VIEWING BY TRAIN

Find a list of the best viewing areas accessible by Metro trains.  Visit Metro for train timetables and other public transportation options.

Chinatown Gold Line Station — MILE 2
Board a Gold Line train and exit Chinatown.  Walk one block south to College St and turn right.  Walk one block to Spring St and turn left.  Walk one block to Alpine St.

Union Station Red Line Station — MILE 2
Board a Red Line train and exit Union Station.  Walk across Alameda St onto Los Angeles St.  Walk through LA Plaza Park to Main St.

Little Tokyo/Arts District Gold Line Station — MILE 3
Board a Gold Line train and exit Little Tokyo/Arts District.  Walk one block west on 1st St.

Civic Center Red Line Station — MILE 3
Board a Red Line train and exit Civic Center.  Walk toward 1st St.

Vermont/Santa Monica Red Line Station — MILE 8
Board a Red Line train and exit Vermont/Santa Monica.  Walk .7 miles east on Santa Monica Blvd to Sunset Blvd.

Vermont/Sunset Red Line Station — MILE 8
Board a Red Line train and exit Vermont/Sunset.  Walk two blocks east toward Virgil Ave.

Hollywood/Western Red Line Station — MILE 9
Board a Red Line train and exit Hollywood/Western.  Walk out to Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood/Vine Red Line Station — MILE 10
Board a Red Line train and exit Hollywood/Vine.  Walk out to Hollywood Blvd.

Hollywood/Highland Red Line Station — MILE 11
Board a Red Line train and exit Hollywood/Highland.  Walk out to Hollywood Blvd.