Important Information for Race Weekend

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Welcome to Race Weekend!

March 05, 2020

We are thrilled to welcome you to the Los Angeles Marathon, LA Big 5K, and the Health & Fitness Expo this weekend. We have some last-minute advice for you:

Don’t be an hour late to the start!

The time changes on Saturday night so adjust your clocks! At 2 a.m. Sunday, time will skip ahead to 3 a.m. If you don’t reset your clocks, you’ll be one-hour late to the start. We recommend setting several alarms most importantly your smartphone alarm which should automatically adjust time. If you’re running with family or friends, set up a wake-up buddy system where you call each other to make sure you’re up and on the right time!

Don’t be wet or cold by the start!

Please keep an eye on the weather forecast. While there still is a chance of showers, it’s looking like Sunday will be a great running day with partly cloudy skies and cool temperatures. Please arrive early to Dodger Stadium but dress to stay warm and dry before race start. We suggest wearing layers that you can remove as temperatures rise or if there is a shower. You can transport outer layers to the finish line by checking it at Gear Check in the clear plastic event-issued bag provided to you at packet pick-up. All apparel left at the start line will be donated to Goodwill Industries of Southern California.


The race and expo are on. We continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidance of local, state and federal authorities, including the CDC to implement any necessary plans and protocols for the marathon. Your safety is paramount and will continue to be our top priority.

Please know that we are fully cooperating with the UnifiedLA Command Center that coordinates the Marathon’s activities between the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, Fire, Police and all municipal partners to ensure public safety. We are following the advice of local, state and federal public safety agencies and taking the appropriate precautions to provide as safe of an event as possible. We’re taking these additional precautions:

- Increased hand sanitizer stations at the race expo, start line, along the route and finish festival.

- Encouraging participants to follow public safety measures, including washing their hands, using hand sanitizer and staying home if they feel ill.

- Deferred entries for any runner traveling from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Italy, South Korea and Iran. The number of participants with mailing addresses from Level 4 countries is .06% of our total participants.

Enjoy your race!

The team at the Los Angeles Marathon

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