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When is the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon?

The 2015 ASICS LA Marathon will be held Sunday, March 15. Registration will open October 1.

What time does the race start?

  • 6:50AM – Handcyles
  • 6:55AM – Wheelchairs
  • 7:10AM (approx.) – Elite Women
  • 7:25AM – Elite Men & Full Field

Where does the race start and finish?

The race starts at Dodger Stadium (1000 Elysian Park Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012). The race ends in Santa Monica on Ocean Avenue at the intersection of Ocean Ave and California Avenue.

The Marathon course is point to point. What’s the best way to get to the start?

Complimentary shuttles are available to participants from Downtown LA and Santa Monica. Runners also have the option of being dropped off at the Start at Dodger Stadium. For more info visit our Parking & Shuttles page.

Is there a time limit to complete the Marathon?

Yes. The 6 hour, 30 minute time limit means race officials will reopen streets to vehicular traffic on a rolling basis at a 15:00 per mile pace. Participants still on the course at this time will be required to move to the sidewalks and obey all traffic signals. Participants who cross the finish line after 6:30:00 are not guaranteed to be recognized as Official Finishers and are not guaranteed a medal or finishing time.

Registration

When does registration for the ASICS LA Marathon open?

Registration for the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon will open on October 1, 2014.  Click Here to register.

How can I confirm my registration?

Participants that have registered online can confirm their participation immediately. If you’ve mailed in your registration form, please allow one week for processing. Click Here to confirm your registration.  Charity Runners should confirm registration Here.

Can I get a refund, donate my entry, transfer my entry to someone else, or roll it over to next year?

No. Per our official event rules and guidelines: Sale, transfer, alteration or duplication of race entry/bib is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events. All entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be deferred toward a future event.

If I provide medical documentation of my injury or pregnancy, will you give me a refund?

No. Please refer to our official event rules and refund policy found here.

Can I defer my entry to next year if I am unable to run this year?

No, participants cannot defer their entries to the next year in the event they are unable to run.

Is there an age requirement to run the ASICS LA Marathon?

Yes. ASICS LA Marathon registrants must be at least 16 years of age on race day, unless they are a part of the Students Run LA (SRLA) program.

How can I make a change to my registration information (i.e. misspelling, address, e-mail, T-shirt size)?

E-mail registration@lamarathon.com with “Change of Information” in the subject line or call the ASICS LA Marathon office at 213-542-3000 and a member of our staff will assist you.

I didn’t receive/deleted a payment confirmation e-mail after I registered. Can you resend it to me?

Please email support@imathlete.com to request a confirmation email.

Course

Where can I find an ASICS LA Marathon course map?

Click Here for the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon course map. The ASICS LA Marathon course is a net downhill course that runs from Dodger Stadium to Ocean Blvd in Santa Monica.

How many Aid Stations are on the course?

There are 24 Aid Stations on the course. Water and Gatorade Endurance Formula will be provided at all Aid Stations along the course (at every mile from mile 2 through 25).

Is there food available on the course?

There will be two CLIF SHOT® Energy Gels stations on course (Mile 12 and Mile 19).

How long is the course open?

The 6 hour, 30 minute course time limit means race officials will reopen streets to vehicular traffic on a rolling basis at a 15:00 per mile pace. Participants still on the course at this time will be required to move to the sidewalks and obey all traffic signals. Participants who cross the finish line after 6:30:00 are not guaranteed to be recognized as Official Finishers and are not guaranteed a medal or finishing time.

Is the ASICS LA Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

Yes, the course has been certified by USA Track & Field and is a Boston Marathon qualifier.

Can I run with an iPod/headphones?

Yes. USATF, the national governing body of the sport, recently amended its ban on headphones, iPods and similar devices.  It is recommended that athletes keep only one ear bud in to be able to hear directions from race officials or emergency vehicles. Athletes competing for prize money are not allowed to use electronic devices such as headphones and ear pieces.

Are skates, skateboards, bikes or carriages of any kind allowed on the ASICS LA Marathon?

No, if you are caught on the Marathon course with any of these, you will be directed off the course immediately.

I live along the race course. Where can I find out about race day street closures?

Click Here for Street Closure information.

Expo & Packet Pick-Up

Where and when is the NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-Up?

The 2015 NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-Up will be held on March 13-14, 2015 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A.

Can a friend pick up my packet for me if I cannot attend the NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo?

No. You must pick up your own Participant Packet (which includes your event-issued bib number and timing device) at the NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo during regularly scheduled hours. There will be no exceptions.  Please plan accordingly.

Do I have to pick up my Participant Packet, Bag and T-shirt at the NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo?

Yes. All participants must pick up their event-issued bib number, timing device, technical T-shirt and Participant Bag at the NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo. We do not mail out participant packets, bags or T-shirts that are not picked up at the NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo; no exceptions. There is NO race day packet pick-up.

Can I pick up my Participant Packet, Participant Bag and T-shirt on the day of the race?

There is NO race day Participant Packet and Bag Pick-Up.

I am interested in purchasing booth space at the NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo, or promoting in the Participant Bag, who should I contact?

Please email expo@lamarathon.com.

Charity Relay

When is the Charity Relay?

The Charity Relay is scheduled for March 15, 2015, the same day as the 2015 ASICS LA Marathon.  The Charity Relay takes place in conjunction with the ASICS LA Marathon and follows the same course and start time.

How long is each leg of the Charity Relay and where is the Relay Exchange Zone located?

Leg 1: 12.9 miles
Leg 2: 13.3 miles

The Relay Exchange Zone is located near the mid-point of the ASICS LA Marathon course on Sunset Blvd between Ogden Dr and Orange Grove Ave.

How do I get to the Start Line as a Leg 1 runner or the Relay Exchange Zone as a Leg 2 runner?

For full information on getting to the race, please visit our Charity Relay page.

How do I register for the Charity Relay?

Runners looking to participate in the Charity Relay must register through an Official Charity Partner. Click Here to see the list of Official Charity Partners. From the list, contact the charity of your choice to inquire if they have Charity Relay slots available. The charity will give you an invitation code to register which you can enter in the registration portal located Here.

Am I required to fundraise to participate in the Charity Relay team?

Yes, a minimum donation commitment is required by each Official Charity Partner participating in the Charity Relay. The donation commitment varies per charity.  Click Here for a list of Official Charities.

If I am already registered for the ASICS LA Marathon, can I switch to the Charity Relay (or vice-versa)?

No.  Participants will not be allowed to switch between races once they are registered to the ASICS LA Marathon or Charity Relay.

If I register for the Charity Relay, can I run the full marathon?

No, participants in the Charity Relay cannot run the full marathon. Participants running the first leg will not be allowed to continue past the Exchange Zone and complete the full marathon. Participants running the second leg must begin in the Exchange Zone and will not be allowed to start the race at Dodger Stadium.

My team is no longer able to participate in the Charity Relay. Can I get a refund, donate, roll over, or transfer my entry to someone else?

No. Per our official event rules and guidelines: Sale, transfer, alteration or duplication of race entry/bib is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events. All entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be deferred toward a future event.

LA Big 5K

When is the 2015 LA Big 5K and when does registration open?

The 2015 LA Big 5K is scheduled for March 14, 2015.  Registration will open October 1.  Click Here to register.

Can I register on race morning?

If available, registration will be available on race morning beginning at 6:30 am in Parking Lot G at Dodger Stadium.

When and where can I pick up my race bib and packet?

Packet Pick-Up for the LA Big 5K will begin at 6:30 am race morning (March 14th) in Parking Lot G at Dodger Stadium. If you have pre-registered online for the LA Big 5K, you can pick up your race packet at the NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, March 13th at the LA Convention Center, West Hall (10:00 am – 7:00 pm).  (Note: You are not required to pick up your race packet prior to race morning)

Is there an age requirement to run in the LA Big 5K?

No.

Can I run with a stroller during the LA Big 5K?

Yes, but we ask that those participating with a stroller start in the back or to the side to avoid interfering with other runners.

Is there a time limit to complete the LA Big 5K?

Yes. Streets reopen to vehicular traffic on a rolling basis approximately a 30 minute per mile pace. Participants still on the course at this time will be required to move to the sidewalks and obey all traffic signals. The Finish Line will close 2 hours after the start of the race. Please note that participants who cross the Finish Line after 2:00:00 will not be recognized as Official Finishers and are not guaranteed a medal or a finishing time.

Can I get a refund, donate my entry, transfer my entry to someone else, or roll it over to next year?

No. Per our official event rules and guidelines: Sale, transfer, alteration or duplication of race entry/bib is strictly prohibited and will result in the disqualification and/or banning of any individuals involved from future events. All entry fees are non-refundable and cannot be deferred toward a future event.

Start Corrals

What are Seeded Start Corrals?

Start Corrals A, B, C, D and E are seeded placement of the fastest 7,300 participants based on their recent marathon times. The Open Corral is self-seeded placement of participants by expected net finish time. Assignment to the Seeded Start Corrals is based on a submitted qualifying time run in a recent marathon and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more details, including qualifying times and procedures, Click Here.

Can I switch from one Start Corral to another on race day?

Participants can move backward to a “slower” Start Corral, but not forward to a “faster” Start Corral on race day.

What time do the Seeded Corrals open and close on race day?

The Seeded Corrals will open at 5:00am and will close promptly at 7:00am before the start of the Women’s Elite race. Please plan accordingly to allow enough time to secure your place in your assigned corral.

Do you offer pace teams?

Yes. Participants are welcome to join the CLIF BAR Marathon Pace Team. Participants can sign up with a CLIF BAR Pace Team at the NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo. For more information on CLIF BAR Marathon Pace Team, Click Here.

Hotels

When does the Hotel Reservation Center open?

The Hotel Reservation Center will open October 1, 2014.  Click Here to book your hotel.

Will my credit card be charged when I make a reservation?

No, your credit card is only used for guarantee purposes and will not be charged unless you are a no-show.

Will I get a confirmation number? What if I have misplaced my confirmation number?

Yes, you will immediately get a confirmation number at the conclusion of your reservation as well as an email with your confirmation number.  If you have misplaced your confirmation number, Click Here to go to the Hotel Reservation Center and click on "Forgot your Confirmation ID?"

If I call the hotel, will they be able to take my reservation?

The Hotel Reservation Center is the only way to book hotels at the “ASICS LA Marathon” discounted rate. You are not able to call the hotels directly and get the same discounted rate.

Can I cancel my reservation later without penalty?

Yes, you can cancel your reservation at any time prior to February 26, 2014 through our Hotel Reservation Center, and after that you can cancel directly with the hotel up to three days prior to your scheduled arrival.

I called the hotel directly and they do not have record of my reservation. How can I verify my reservation?

Your reservation stays in our Hotel Reservation Center until February 26, 2014. On that date, all reservations are electronically transferred to the hotel. Wait until at least Tuesday, March 3, 2015 before you call the hotel directly to verify your reservation or make any changes.

Where can I find information about Hotel Shuttles to the ASICS LA Marathon?

Click Here for complete hotel shuttle information.

If I do not use the Hotel Reservation Center to book a hotel room, can I still catch a Downtown LA or Beverly Hills hotel shuttles?

No. Only those who book hotel rooms through the Hotel Reservation Center will receive wristbands that will get them access to the Downtown LA and Beverly Hills Hotel Shuttles.  Local residents are not permitted to ride the hotel shuttles.

General

How do I volunteer for the ASICS LA Marathon?

Click Here for more information about volunteering at the ASICS LA Marathon. You can also send an email to volunteer@lamarathon.com with all your contact information and the area where you would like to volunteer.

Where can I purchase my photos following the race?

MarathonFoto is the official race photographer. Visit marathonfoto.com to find and purchase your photos.

When will I receive my Official Finisher Certificate?

You will be able to find your Official Finisher Certificate Here.

What are the race records?

Men: 2011 Markos Geneti (Ethiopia) 2:06:35, Women: 2006 Lidiya Grigoryeva (Russia) 2:25:10
WC Men: 2007 Kurt Fearnley (Australia) 1:23:40, WC Women: 1996 Jean Driscoll (Ohio) 1:46:09

Do you know future dates of the ASICS LA Marathon?

2016 -- February 14, 2016
2017 -- March 19, 2017