Spectator Guide

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

The Stadium to the Sea course was created not just for the 24,000 athletes making their way to the finish, but for millions of Angelenos to support their friends, family and neighbors. Over the years, the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon has become one of the most entertaining and well-supported marathons in the world. This year, we've taken things to a new level with fun, new activations and our partnership with Snapchat to make social media history! Keep reading to learn how and where you can get involved.

Spectators are encouraged to line the course from the Stadium to the Sea. Along the course there will be designated entertainment centers with entertainment for runners and spectators.

Premier Entertainment Centers:
Mile 2- Chinatown- Broadway/ Alpine
Mile 4- Koshin Taiko- 1st/ Grand Ave
Mile 7- Earlez Grille- Sunset/ Fountain
Mile 8- Salvadoreans- Hollywood/ Prospect

Entertainment Stages will be located at:
Mile 10- Hollywood Blvd & Vine Street
Mile 11.5- Sunset Blvd & La Brea Ave
Mile 12.5- Santa Monica & Robertson

Mile 20- Sepulveda Blvd & Ohio Avenue
Mile 21- San Vicente & Barrington
Mile 25- San Vicente Blvd & Ocean Ave

Click Here for the Santa Monica Spectator Guide


Atmosphere is a big part of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, and all of our bands, DJs and entertainers make race day one to remember. Check out the Course Entertainment page for information on which entertainment will be located at a mile near you, and head on out to enjoy free music and entertainment while you cheer on the runners!


Click Here to view our street closure maps and plan your day.


Getting to the Finish

Spectator Parking

Spectators looking to reserve a parking space in Santa Monica near the finish line should select "Los Angeles Marathon (Spectators)" from the options listed Here. Spectator parking lots open at 7:00 am.

Click Here for a real-time parking map of available parking lots. A parking map with rates for City of Santa Monica parking lots will be posted in February

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

Big Blue Bus will operate a free shuttle shuttle around downtown Santa Monica and to the Bus Hub from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm.

On the day of the marathon, save travel time by riding the free shuttle bus service between the Metro Expo Culver City Station and City of Santa Monica. For your best route, fare information, or more info use the Metro Trip Planner or call (323) GO-METRO or (323) 466-3876.

Bike Valet
The City of Santa Monica will provide a Bike Valet from 8:00 am - 6:00 pm 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) 7:02 a.m. 7:25 a.m. 7:29 a.m.
1 Sunset Blvd., just north of Marion Ave. (LA) 7:07 a.m. 7:30 a.m. 7:39 a.m.
2 Broadway, just north of Sunset Blvd. (LA) 7:13 a.m. 7:35 a.m. 7:49 a.m.
3 Main Street, between Temple & 1st Streets (LA) 7:18 a.m. 7:40 a.m. 7:59 a m.
4 1st Street, just north of Spring Street (LA) 7:24 a.m. 7:45 a.m. 8:09 a.m.
5 Temple Street & Victor Street (LA) 7:29 a.m. 7:50 a.m. 8:19 a.m.
6 Glendale Blvd., just before Santa Ynez St. (LA) 7:35 a.m. 7:55 a.m. 8:29 a.m.
7 Sunset Blvd., just before Silver Lake Blvd. (LA) 7:40 a.m. 8:00 a.m. 8:39 a.m.
8 Sunset Blvd. between Myra & Bates Aves. (LA) 7:46 a.m. 8:04 a.m. 8:49 a.m.
9 Hollywood Blvd. & Edgemont Street (LA) 7:51 a.m. 8:09 a.m. 8:59 a.m.
10 Hollywood Blvd. & Wilton Place (LA) 7:57 a.m. 8:14 a.m. 9:09 a.m.
11 Hollywood Blvd. & Wilcox Ave. (LA) 8:02 a.m. 8:19 a.m. 9:19 a.m.
12 Sunset Blvd. & LaBrea Ave. (LA) 8:08 a.m. 8:24 a.m. 9:29 a.m.
13 Sunset Blvd., just west of Fairfax Ave. (LA) 8:13 a.m. 8:29 a.m. 9:39 a.m.
14 Sunset Blvd., just past Alta Loma Road (LA/WH) 8:19 a.m. 8:33 a.m. 9:49 a.m.
15 Santa Monica Blvd., west of Robertson Blvd. (WH) 8:24 a.m. 8:38 a.m. 9:59 a.m.
16 Burton Way, past Oakhurst Drive (WH/LA/BH) 8:30 a.m. 8:43 a.m. 10:09 a.m.
17 Rodeo Drive & Dayton Way (BH) 8:35 a.m. 8:48 a.m. 10:19 a.m.
18 Santa Monica Blvd & Century Park East (BH/LA) 8:41 a.m. 8:53 a.m. 10:29 a.m.
19 Santa Monica Blvd., past Westholme Ave. (LA) 8:46 a.m. 8:58 a.m. 10:39 a.m.
20 Sepulveda Blvd., north of Santa Monica Blvd. (LA) 8:52 a.m. 9:02 a.m. 10:49 a.m.
21 Dowlen Drive before Bonsall Ave. (VA) 8:57 a.m. 9:07 a.m. 10:59 a.m.
22 San Vicente Blvd., near Montana Ave. (LA) 9:03 a.m. 9:12 a.m. 11:09 a.m.
23 San Vicente Blvd., past Bristol Ave. (LA) 9:08 a.m. 9:17 a.m. 11:19 a.m.
24 San Vicente Blvd. & 18th Street (SM) 9:14 a.m. 9:22 a.m. 11:29 a.m.
25 San Vicente Blvd., between 7th & 4th Streets (SM) 9:19 a.m. 9:27 a.m. 11:39 a.m.
26 Ocean Ave., past Idaho Avenue (SM) 9:25 a.m. 9:32 a.m. 11:49 a.m.
Finish Ocean Ave. & California Ave. (SM) 9:28 a.m. 9:34 a.m. 11:52 a.m.

**Family and friends can sign up for race day tracking in February for updates as their runner makes his/her way along the course.

On-Course Sponsor Activations

Mile 11

Angel City Brewery at Hollywood/Orange: Take to the Hollywood Walk of Fame and join in on the party with Angel City Brewery, the official beer partner of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. There will be plenty of music and cheering, but you’ll have to wait for the finish line to enjoy one of Angel City’s delicious beers.

Mile 16

Air France Cheer Zone at Bundy/Pine: Find a taste of France in Beverly Hills at the Air France Cheer zone, decked out with Parisian flare and live entertainment by DJ Mike Grimm. Brand ambassadors in French outfits with French flags will make you feel like you’re strolling down the Champs-Élysées.

Mile 18

2XU at Santa Monica Blvd/Avenue of the Stars. They will have a DJ spinning great music and a PA system to cheer on the runners. Come by to join the fun and cheer on your loved ones!

Mile 19

CLIF Bar Cheer Zone at Santa Monica/Westwood: The team at CLIF Bar knows how important the last seven miles of a marathon
can be. They’ll be throwing a party at Mile 19, providing much needed fuel for the athletes and coffee for spectators. Join in on the fun, dance to the music and add your voice to fuel the athletes down the homestretch.

Mile 21

Fitbit at San Vicente/Gorham: The LA Road Runners, the official training program of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, will provide additional support for this crucial stretch. Athletes will breathe a sigh of relief as they turn onto San Vicente and smell the ocean breeze in the air. With five miles to go, they’ll get a boost from Fitbit and their street team who will host a sign-making station and provide noisemakers so you can add to the vibe created by their DJ.

Mile 22

Skechers Performance at San Vicente/Burlingame: The title partner of the marathon will be in Brentwood this year, partnering with Angel City Pit Bulls to provide tons of encouragement for athletes and spectators along with a food truck for that unique LA vibe. From Brentwood, it’s a short drive to Santa Monica where you can reach the finish line or head straight to the Finish Festival to celebrate your athlete.

Rivalry Row

New this year, we are teaming up with the Special Olympics of Southern California to present 'Rivalry Row', where USC and UCLA students will compete in an on-course activation, encouraging runners to their side of the street. This corridor, branded with USC and UCLA signage, will provide a high-energy boost at Mile 20.

Charity Cheer Zones

See below for a list of where our official charities will set up their cheer zones.

Mile Time Street Street Charity Notes:
6 7:00a-9:00a Sunset Blvd Benton Way Kitten Rescue 1
8 7:00a-9:15a Hollywood Blvd Berendo City of Hope At End of Barnsdall Park
10 7:15a-10:00a Hollywood Blvd N Wilton Place Teen Cancer America
10 7:15a-10:00a Hollywood Blvd N Van Ness Ave KEEN USA
10 7:15a-10:00a Hollywood Blvd El Centro Angel City Pit Bulls 1
11 7:15a-10:00a Hollywood Blvd Wilcox St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
12 7:30a-10:15a Sunset Blvd N Formosa Avenue North Valley Caring Services South Side
12 7:30a-10:15a Sunset Blvd N Curson Avenue Camp Kesem
12 7:30a-10:15a Sunset Blvd Stanley Back On My Feet
12 7:30a-10:15a Sunset Blvd Ogden Drive Team World Vision
13 7:30a-10:15a Sunset Blvd Fairfax Ave ARC SW or SE Corner
13 7:30a-10:15a Sunset Blvd N Crescent Heights Blvd Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - TNT 1
13 7:30a-10:15a Sunset Blvd Selma Avenue Girls on the Run LA
13 7:30a-10:15a Sunset Blvd Havenhurst Drive Students Run LA Cheer
15 7:45a-11:15a Santa Monica Blvd Robertson Blvd Team to End Aids T2
15 8:00a-11:45a Doheny Drive Alden Dr Celiac Disease Foundation
16 8:00a-11:45a Burton Way Oakhurst Wendy Walk
16 8:00a-11:45a Little Santa Monica N Crescent Drive Widows, Orphans and Disabled Fireman's Fund Firestation to the East
16 8:00a-11:45a Little Santa Monica N Rodeo Drive Concern Foundation
17 8:00a-11:45a Wilshire Blvd Rodeo Drive Friends4Michael Foundation
17 8:00a-11:45a Wilshire Blvd Camden Drive Junior League of Los Angeles
17 8:00a-11:45a Wilshire Blvd S McCarty Drive Epilepsy Foundation
18 8:00a-11:45a Santa Monica Blvd Century Park West Youth Policy Institute
18 8:00a-11:45a Santa Monica Blvd S Beverly Glen Avenue Students Run LA Drop West of Walgreens
18 8:00a-11:45a Santa Monica Blvd S Beverly Glen Avenue Kitten Rescue
18 8:00a-11:45a Santa Monica Blvd Pandora Avenue National Organization for Rare Disorders Runners on Westbound
19 8:10a-12p Santa Monica Blvd Selby Avenue Beit T'Shuvah
19 8:10a-12p Santa Monica Blvd S Bentley Avenue University Kidney Research Organization
20 8:15a-12:15p Sepulveda Ohio Special Olympics - Rivalry Row
20 8:15a-12:15p Wilshire Blvd San Vicente Ave Asian American Drug Abuse Program Wells Fargo Plaza
20 8:15a-12:15p Wilshire Blvd Barry Ave Youth Policy Institute Joe's Gym Plaza
21 8:20a-12:30p San Vicente Blvd BTW Brigham/Darlington Hirshberg Foundation
21 8:20a-12:30p San Vicente Blvd Gorham Avenue P.S. Arts
22 8:25a-12:30p San Vicente Blvd Montana Avenue American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Eastbound Lanes
22 8:25a-12:30p San Vicente Blvd S Carmelina Avenue Leukemia & Lymphoma Society - TNT 2
22 8:25a-12:30p San Vicente S Anita Avenue Pablove Foundation
22 8:25a-12:30p San Vicente Blvd S Canyon View Drive Family Assistance Program
22 8:25a-12:30p San Vicente Blvd Cliffwood Avenue Playworks Southern California
23 8:30a-12:45p San Vicente Blvd Burlingame Avenue Angel City Pit Bulls 2
23 8:30a-12:45p San Vicente Blvd Moreno Avenue Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club
23 8:30a-12:45p San Vicente Blvd Avondale Avenue City Year Los Angeles
23 8:30a-12:45p San Vicente Blvd 25th Street Teen Cancer America 2
23 8:30a-12:45p San Vicente Blvd 20th Street Train 4 Autism
23 8:30a-12:45p San Vicente Blvd 17th Street Reading to Kids
24 8:35a-1p San Vicente Blvd 10th Street Mending Kids
24 8:35a-1p San Vicente Blvd 4th Street Westside German Shepherd Rescue 1
25 8:40a-1p Ocean Avenue Alta Avenue Team Parkinson

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 trainand 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.

Santa Monica — FINISH LINE
Board an Expo Line train and exit Culver City. Metro provides a shuttle from the Culver City Station to the Bus Hub in Santa Monica on 11th St between Olympic Blvd and Colorado Ave.