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When is the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon?

The 2020 Los Angeles Marathon will be held Sunday, March 8th, 2020.

What time does the race start?

6:30 am – Wheelchairs
6:42 am – Handcycles
6:45 am – Elite Women
6:55 am – Elite Men & Full Field

Where does the race start and finish?

The race starts at Dodger Stadium (2000 Academy Rd. 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 take participants from Union Station in Los Angeles and Santa Monica City Hall to Dodger Stadium. Participants can add a shuttle reservation when registering for the marathon. Participants can add or change a complimentary shuttle reservation by logging into their Active.com account, opening their marathon registration, and selecting "purchase merchandise".

Runners also have the option of parking or being dropped off at Dodger Stadium.

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.

Is there a half marathon distance?

Yes. The half marathon distance is part of our Charity Challenge. This event is exclusive to our Charity Runners and certain Charity Partners. Charity Challenge runners will merge in to the marathon course at mile 13, and will be released in timed waves

If you are interested in participating in the Charity Challenge, please reach out to your desired charity for more information. See a list of participating charities here.

Registration

When does registration for the Los Angeles Marathon open?

Registration for the Los Angeles Marathon is open and will remain open until the participant field reaches capacity. We anticipate this happening in February.

I want to run the full marathon distance for charity. What do I do?

Participants who are wanting to run the full marathon distance for charity, please reach out to your desired charity partner before registering. Each charity partner has different registration and fundraising requirements. For the list of our charity partners click here.

How do I sign up for the Conqur LA Challenge?

To qualify for your 2020 Conqur LA Challenge medal you need to prove you completed the:

If you are already registered for one of the qualifying races, you can register for the remaining races individually using the same email address. When you pick up your bib at the marathon expo, it should have a sticker that says Conqur LA Challenge. If it does not, please visit the Solutions booth at the expo to verify your eligibility. This ensures you will receive the medal at the marathon finish line.

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.

Refunds are only possible if participants initially purchase event insurance with Booking Protect when registering.

Can I purchase event insurance with bookingprotect.com?

We offer race insurance with Booking Protect at the time of race registration. Participants who choose to purchase the race insurance can contact [email protected] to file a claim.

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.

Is there an age requirement to run the Los Angeles Marathon?

Yes. Los Angeles 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. No exceptions.

How do I register someone under the age of 18 but over the age of 16?

When registering someone between the ages of 16-18 please follow these steps:

1) Input parent or guardian information on the first page.

2) On the second page, select "registering someone under 18".

3) From there input the actual participant's information.

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

E-mail [email protected] with “Change of Information" in the subject line or call the Los Angeles Marathon office at 213-542-3000 and a member of our staff will assist you.

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

Please email [email protected] to request a confirmation email.

The Course

Where can I find a Los Angeles Marathon course map?

Click Here for the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon presented by ASICS course map. The Los Angeles 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 22 Aid Stations on the course. Water and Nuun Hydration will be provided at all Aid Stations along the course.

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 Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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?

Road closure information for the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon presented by ASICS is coming soon!

Expo & Packet Pick-Up

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

The 2020 Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pick-Up will be held on Friday, March 6 from 10:00 am - 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 8 from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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

No. You must pick up your own Participant Packet (which includes your event-issued bib number and timing device) at the 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 Health & Fitness Expo?

Yes. All participants must pick up their event-issued bib number, timing device, technical t-shirt and participant bag at the Health & Fitness Expo. We do not mail out participant packets, bags or t-shirts that are not picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo; no exceptions.

What do I do if I am unable to pick up my bib from the Health & Fitness Expo?

Participants are able to add race day bib pick up to their registration by purchasing Start Line Hospitality.

Start Line Hospitality includes

  • Race Day Packet Pick-Up
  • Private Outdoor Tent with Heaters
  • Private Gear Check
  • Private Portable Restrooms
  • Guaranteed Corral D Placement
  • Stretching Area with Yoga Mats and Foam Rollers
  • Light Continental Breakfast (includes coffee/tea, water, Nuun, CLIF bars, bananas, bagels)

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

Please email [email protected]

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 6:40am. Please plan accordingly to allow enough time to secure your place in your assigned corral.

General

How do I volunteer for the Los Angeles Marathon?

Click Here for more information about volunteering at the Los Angeles Marathon. You can also send an email to [email protected] with all your contact information and the area where you would like to volunteer.

Where can I purchase my photos following the race?

FinisherPix is the official race photographer. Click here to purchase your official race 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

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