The ever-glammer L.A. Marathon just keeps on picking up new tourist-friendly detours. Last year, it snubbed the downtown-centric route it had modified only slightly over many years, instead directing runners through crowd favorites Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.
On March 20, 2011, the new 26-mile "Stadium to the Sea 2.0" route (hey, that sounds familiar) will be updated to include Chinatown and Little Tokyo, in place of the initial lap around Dodger Stadium. Ready, set -- peace sign!
Check out the L.A. Marathon's peppy new sightseeing video, in which a tireless competitor skips past world-famous Hollywood stars, cheesy Eastern architecture and Rodeo Drive boutiques before arriving at the glistening seashore:
More informatively, here's a (still very chic and intense) animated rendering of the 2011 route:
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Among other highlights, runners will pass the Los Angeles City Hall at mile three (wave to Mayor Villaraigosa!), Grauman's Chinese Theater at mile 11 and the Capitol Records building soon after. Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica still serves as the finish line, but the race will end three blocks earlier than last year at California Avenue, so runners will have time to look less like dewy tomatoes by the time they leap into the arms of family and friends waiting in the sunset.
The sweaty city tour costs a steep $145. It did end up selling out last year after 25,000 people registered to run, so if you're interested, sign up soon.
With reporting from City News Service.