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Frequently Asked Questions

Use the following links to the find the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the ASICS LA Marathon.

REGISTRATION

When is the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon?
The 2014 ASICS LA Marathon will be held Sunday, March 9.  Registration will open October 1.

How can I confirm my registration after I sign up online or mail in my registration form?
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.

I am injured and/or cannot run the event (family commitment, work obligation, etc.). Can I get a refund, donate my entry or transfer my entry to someone else?
No. Per our official event rules and guidelines: Sale, transfer, 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 guidelines.

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 LA Big 5K or ASICS LA Marathon?
No.

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

 

RACE

What time does the race start?
Handcyles – 6:50AM
Wheelchairs – 6:55AM
Elite Women – 7:10AM (approx.)
Elite Men & Full Field – 7:25AM
Note: Daylight Savings Time – Spring Forward – begins at 2:00AM

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?
Find information on getting to the start at our Parking & Shuttles page.

Is there a time limit to complete the Marathon?
Yes.  Streets reopen to vehicular traffic on a rolling basis approximately a 14:30 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 8 hours after the start of the race. Please note that participants who cross the Marathon Finish Line after 8:00:00 are not guaranteed to be recognized as Official Finishers and are not guaranteed a medal or a finishing time.

Why did the 2014 race date move up one week earlier than usual?
The 2014 date change is the result of a city-wide conference being held the third weekend of March which would have affected the race logistically.  It is our number one priority to provide a world-class marathon experience and this adjustment was made to keep the focus on marathon weekend in the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.

 

COURSE

Where can I find an ASICS LA Marathon course map?
Click here for the 2014 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.  Arrowhead® Brand 100% Mountain Spring Water will be provided at 24 locations along the course (approximately at each mile beginning at Mile 2) and Gatorade Endurance Formula Lemon Lime at 12 stations (every odd mile starting at mile 3).

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?
Streets reopen to vehicular traffic on a rolling basis approximately a 14:30 minute per mile pace.  Participants running slower than 14:30 minutes per mile will not be guaranteed Aid Station or Medical support once the 6:20 time limit has been reached. 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 8 hours after the start of the race. Please note that participants who cross the Marathon Finish Line after 8:00:00 are not guaranteed to be recognized as Official Finishers and are not guaranteed a medal or a 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. However, 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 Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-Up?
The 2014 ASICS LA Marathon Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-Up will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, West Hall A.

If I am a vendor interested in purchasing booth space at the NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo, or if I am interested in promoting my race, product, charity, etc., in the Participant Bag, who should I contact?
Please visit our Exhibitor Information page or send an e-mail to expo@lamarathon.com.

Do I have to pick up my Participant Packet, Participant 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.  All participants must pick up their bib numbers, Participant Bags, T-shirts and timing devices prior to race day.

Can a friend pick up my packet for me if I cannot attend the Health & Fitness Expo?
New for 2014: Due to increased security regulations, 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. Individuals will not be able to pick up Participant Packets on behalf of others.  We understand that some unavoidable conflicts will occur; if that is the case, please email packetpickup@lamarathon.com to seek a resolution.

 

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.

 

PACE TEAMS

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.

 

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