Los Angeles Marathon

Los Angeles Marathon The 2021 Los Angeles Marathon will take place on March 21, 2021. This will be the 36th anniversary of the marathon.

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It’s Turkey Trot season and we’re partnering with Running USA to inspire you to Give Thanks & Get Moving! We’re serving up a full plate of fun to you this month, and this week we’re starting with some running appetizers! Let’s talk about your pre-run routine.

Dynamic warm-ups such as easy squats, lunges, hip rotations, and bridges promote blood flow, prime the body for movement, and may help prevent injury. These exercises also make for a great mid-day break to ease muscle tension and get the blood flowing. Reading this on your phone or computer? Hop up and get moving!

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Unite as a team and race the world! Join in the ASICS World Ekiden 2020, November 11-22. Inspired by Japanese running culture, runners and walkers are encouraged to create teams to complete six legs that total a marathon – three 5K, two 10K, and a 7.2K leg. Teams from LARR, Los Angeles Marathon Ambassadors, and our own staff will be participating. The challenge is free, all you need is the ASICS Runkeeper app! Visit: http://www.asics.com/mk/asics-world-ekiden to find out how to participate. #ASICSWorldEkiden


A chiropractor and an athlete, Bryan Kent is just one of the nearly one million people living with Multiple Sclerosis in the USA. The McCourt Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of those affected by health challenges within the neurology community and beyond. Now in Boston and LA, TMF has expanded its impact from coast to coast. To learn more go to https://www.mccourtfoundation.org

Ambassador Spotlight: Nadia Ruiz"In 1995, an Ecuadorean Olympian runner toed the LA Marathon start line and after follow...

Ambassador Spotlight: Nadia Ruiz

"In 1995, an Ecuadorean Olympian runner toed the LA Marathon start line and after following along on the sidelines at age 11 hand in hand by my cheering, proud father, the Ecuadorean crossed the finish line as the overall winner. Seeing my immigrant father so intensely overcome with emotions of what a small town runner can do on the international scene, I truly felt deep what sport can do that day. Inspire.

In 1999, I started my running journey at age 14 in HS cross country and track undefeated in 3 miles, 2 miles, and 3200m breaking decade long speed records. I did everything I could from every waking and sleeping hour researching the question: how can I be better? However, it wasn’t until I ran my first marathon at 14 did I truly fall in love with running. My father and I ran our first marathon together side by side crossing that finish line crying in pain, crying in joy. I felt what the marathon can do. Motivate.

Now 22 years later, I continue to run the LA Marathon every year, because it’s a special place. It’s my first. It’s where I first felt alive. It’s where I continue to celebrate my runniversary with my father for 22 consecutive years. I’ve now completed 145 marathons with 75 Boston Qualifiers, 100 half marathons, 16 ultras, 16 140.6/70.3, including obstacle, adventure, and stage races around the world. Endurance sports have brought me to amazing people, everlasting friendships, and some of the most heartbreaking lessons where I learned the most about myself through the pain, sacrifice, and triumph it takes to prepare and execute. I learned what life now has taught me. Endure.

Through my work in education, event production, and coaching, I continue to run and hope to until my last breath. I’ve learned running through 3 decades of my life how to adapt, keep going, and how to fall in love with running over and over each time I tie my shoes, even when it seems like all hope is gone. Find the motivation from within and keep digging, even when it gets hardest. Each finish line is truly special."
#irongirlnadia #nadiaruiz

Ambassador Spotlight: Jessica Rodarte "My running journey began at the age of 5 when my parents decided to put me on a t...

Ambassador Spotlight: Jessica Rodarte

"My running journey began at the age of 5 when my parents decided to put me on a track and field and cross-country team. I ran for the Northridge Pacers for 8 years. That is where my love for running started. Never did I think back then that I would become a marathoner. I ran my first LA Marathon in 2015 and I swore I would never run another marathon ever again. But 5 years later, I’m 5 marathons in and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. There is just something so amazing about crossing the finish line of a marathon. It’s a blessing every time.

In 2016, I was diagnosed with major anxiety and depression. It turned my world upside down. It is something that I never thought I would experience in my life. It has been a battle the past 4 years learning to live life in a new way. But running has really saved my life and has given me a reason to live. It has always been there for me through the good and the bad times.

Running and mental health are big influences in my life. I try to be as open and honest about my struggles with mental health so that others feel comfortable to do the same. I want to inspire and show people that you can get through these very dark times. Running is what helps me to keep moving forward. It gives me a reason to wake up and get out of bed. And it is so important for everyone to find their reason.

Running has always been a big part of my life. I don’t know a world without it. I am so grateful to have found something that brings such happiness to my life."

Ambassador Spotlight: Pamela Price"I was born an adrenaline junkie and not a day goes by that I'm not on-the-move, wheth...

Ambassador Spotlight: Pamela Price

"I was born an adrenaline junkie and not a day goes by that I'm not on-the-move, whether I'm running a mountain, free climbing a 20ft boulder or teaching a dance class. My greatest challenge is staying still. Growing up in the beautiful state of Maine, I discovered my love for long distance running competing in HS Cross Country team races before exploring my sprinting strengths on the track; specializing in hurdles and relay. Every other day, I would trade my running sneakers in for pointe shoes while formally training at the Portland Ballet Company. Soon, my passion for ballet turned towards contemporary/modern dance... and eventually hip-hop.

Running & dancing have and always will be my constant in life. I take them everywhere I go: to the city streets & studios of NYC, where I went to college... to Paris and now Los Angeles.

In 2006, my body shut down for the first time. Suffering from mysterious flares, I was bed ridden for weeks at a time. Seven years later, I was diagnosed with the rare autoimmune disease: Behcet's Disease. An unpredictable monster, Behcet's can transform me from a healthy young woman to an elderly lady suffering from joint, neurological & ulcer pain in a matter of minutes. Still, I continue to move. Today, I can run... tomorrow I may not be able to: so I cherish every step I take.

After being scouted for and competing on season 11 of American Ninja Warrior, I became more vocal about my disease. With no cure in sight, I turned to activism for Behcet's Disease and started We Care When & the #WeCareWhenYouFlare care package community, which aims to create awareness worldwide through events and educational programs.

As I continue to strengthen my body, I also strengthen my brain in business. I am a journalist and the Vice President of LATF USA News, as well as the Executive Producer of the Hollywood Beauty Awards.

The running community is one of the most supportive universes in the world. It doesn't matter what language you speak, what you look like or what you believe in: we always run together. My Pro Race team, Hardkour Performance provides me with that energy as an ongoing support & run family system. Now, I'm so thankful to be a part of the 2021 LA Marathon team with so many inspiring individuals. This will be my premiere LA Marathon and... I can't wait to get moving!"

The Los Angeles Marathon is announcing the formation of the Medical & Operations Advisory Group to support the 2021 even...

The Los Angeles Marathon is announcing the formation of the Medical & Operations Advisory Group to support the 2021 event season.

The group will be led by Dr. David Agus, Professor of Medicine & Engineering at USC, and Founding Director and CEO of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC. The larger group will include members of Keck Medicine of USC and the Los Angeles Department of Public Health—informational support will be supplied by the International Institute of Race Medicine.

The Medical & Operations Advisory Group will work with government agencies and community partners to help us plan safe, world class experiences. In the coming weeks the group will be able to announce further details in regard to safety plans and advisements for all who are planning to race in 2021.

The Los Angeles Marathon team is committed to doing everything possible to stage the 2021 series of events with the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers, and community as our top priority. The formation of the advisory group will further allow us to make decisions that reflect that position.

From everyone on the Los Angeles Marathon Team, we truly miss our running and walking community, and we are working hard to ensure a safe and healthy return to racing.

We can't wait to see everyone back on the roads again.

–– Los Angeles Marathon Team

Ambassador Spotlight: Jenny Nakamura"I started running when I was a little kid, running my first 100 yard dash on a cide...

Ambassador Spotlight: Jenny Nakamura

"I started running when I was a little kid, running my first 100 yard dash on a cider track in first grade. I ran track, the 400 meters & 4x400 meter relay from grade school through high school. I never ran over a mile, ever. So when I decided back in 2009 to start running again, I just started small, 1 mile, 2 miles, up to 7 miles before I pulled my hamstring on wet rose petals at a wedding I was working as a wedding planner. After rehabbing it, I started training with the Galloway Group in Orlando, FL. I worked with Jeff Galloway on my training for my first half in 2011 & honestly wasn’t sure about the marathon. I did my first marathon in 2013 and my first LA Marathon in 2015 was my 5th marathon & the 30th edition of the Los Angeles Marathon. I was so excited one, because it was my first time visiting Los Angeles & two because I met Deena Kastor at the expo. That year was really hot & I remember that there were big blow-ups at every aid station, which I thought was amazing, it felt like the race just flew by, I would love for those blow-ups to come back ;). Since then I’ve run 33 marathons, with the last one being the 2020 LA Marathon back in March, my 6th in a row, it still blows my mind sometimes to look back and see how far I’ve come, because believe me, it was not easy to transition from running one lap around a track to 26.2 & more miles :)

Every year, I look forward to seeing the Chili Dog station around mile 5, while I’m vegan and can’t/don’t partake, it’s fun to see how much it’s grown over the years. One of the other things I love about the marathon is seeing all the kids from Students Run LA - it’s so inspirational seeing the kids in their bright yellow shirts running. I didn’t have a program like this available to me when I was a kid, I don’t think I even knew of any marathons back then either, LOL so I’m super impressed by each and every one of these kids.

These days, you can find me exploring our local San Diego trails with my husband Sean & we are looking forward to running LA again in 2021!"

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Ambassador Spotlight: Phil Shin“If you are losing faith in human nature go out and watch a marathon.”~ Kathrine SwitzerN...

Ambassador Spotlight: Phil Shin

“If you are losing faith in human nature go out and watch a marathon.”
~ Kathrine Switzer

Never has there been a time when one of my favorite quotes would be so applicable to everything that’s going on in this pandemic world. The only problem is that every marathon in the world has been canceled.

Welcome to 2020.

It’s kind of ironic to think that the last day we were able to truly celebrate together as a community was 6 months ago at the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon. The city of Los Angeles was outside celebrating its rich diversity and beautiful communities along the 26.2 mile course from Downtown LA to Santa Monica. It was just a magical day for me and my family on so many levels.

The LA Marathon has always been a special day on my calendar but the 2020 running of my favorite race in the world was unlike any other day because it marked the 6 month anniversary of my liver transplant to hopefully free me from cancer twice and for all. And man, the marathon gods looked down kindly on us that gorgeous sunny day. It was just a perfection of a day in every sense of the word celebrating all the hope and technicolor of our great city.

From sharing the start tower at the Dodger Stadium with Justin Turner and fellow cancer survivor Fitz Koehler to running with Team Brave Like Gabe in honor of Gabriele Grunewald, and crossing that finish line in Santa Monica with my liver donor Mark under one arm and my dear friend and cancer-fighting brother under the other, there was just no better way to put an exclamation point on my journey as a proud cancer fighter and organ transplant recipient. It’s a day that will forever be emblazoned in my memory for as long as I live.

During these times of seemingly continuous uncertainty, unrest, unjust, and just plain fear, I choose to look back on that beautiful Sunday when 27,000 athletes of all shapes, colors, and speeds came together in Los Angeles to show the world what “faith in human nature” should always look like. It’s the reflection from that beautiful day that keeps me moving forward and brings me hope that we are all still capable of being the best version of ourselves even during these times.

I can’t wait for that day to come again for all of us at the 2021 Los Angeles Marathon."

LA Road Runners

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Ambassador Spotlight: Jayson Warsuma “On a sunny summer day back in 1990 when I was living in New York City, it all star...

Ambassador Spotlight: Jayson Warsuma

“On a sunny summer day back in 1990 when I was living in New York City, it all started with a simple, “Jayson you should try out track”. I decided I want to run. The Summer Games happened every year and I didn’t think much of it, but to have FUN! To my surprise, I ran the 100 meters and won a medal! The rest was pretty much history after that. I have competed in 14 marathons, and dozens of 5Ks & 10Ks — hopefully I don’t lose track ha ha ha. Since I moved to Los Angeles, I have been a part of Special Olympics: Southern California as a Gold medalist in the 5000m and LA Road Runners as a Pace Leader, where I get to help people and answer all their questions. No matter where LARR is meeting, you can always see me there! The running community is so beautiful; I’m proud of everybody.

When I run races, I am in another world because in running you have the freedom you can run 6 miles or 10 miles or 20 miles. It helps me think about the past, present, and future. You can run fast, or you run easy. Back in March, when I ran the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon, I didn’t feel well around Brentwood. I had to go into the medical tent that was nearby. It wasn’t until I saw my good friend, Fitz; she helped encourage me to get into the mindset to keep going to cross that finish line. The importance of the community means so much to me to keep pushing. When I cross a finish line, it feels like an amusement park — a mix of happiness, tiredness, and silliness. I may have 22 years of competition in my life, which means 22 years of wear and tear, my spirit remains hungry as ever to always aim to be the best I can be. That keeps our mind, body, and spirit healthy. Be happy, be silly, don't take life seriously, you will have great days and not so good days.”

LA Road Runners

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Ambassador spotlight: Richard John Reliford, aka “RichRel” "I was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the southweste...

Ambassador spotlight: Richard John Reliford, aka “RichRel”

"I was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the southwestern suburb of Bolingbrook. One of 11 children in my family (7 sisters and 3 brothers). I received a football scholarship to the University of Akron where I earned a Mechanical Polymer Engineering degree and was Freshman of the year, Academic All-MAC, team captain, four-year letterman, member of NCAA SAAC (Student Athletic Advisory Council), National Football Foundation honoree and NFL prospect.

Although a lifelong athlete, in 2016 I was inspired to take on the challenge to run the Los Angeles marathon with Team World Vision. Having never run more than shorter sprint distances, I began training with the charity team and learned how to run long distances and the art of fundraising for a cause, or “Running with Mission” as I now call it. I accepted a position with World Vision in late 2016 and I recruited, managed, and led the largest charity partner team of the Los Angeles Marathon charity program. Since then I have run marathons all over the world and even finished an Ironman triathlon, all to raise funds and bring awareness of and eliminate extreme poverty.

On April 8, 2019 I was called to run 250 miles over 6 days up the California coast visiting 7 missions for 1 human race. All because I believe, “everyone gets the love” and we need radical forgiveness & justice. I raised the initial funds to launch the movement I founded called, Mission1Race. The organization’s focus is to work as a catalyst for human reconciliation and oneness. Mission1Race believes in the truth that “we are uniquely the same”, while advocating, educating and loving those suffering tangibly directly (through M1R programs & activities) & indirectly (by funding organizations with aligning similarly inclusive missions) helping those negatively affected by inequality. Our vision is to abolish inequality. Check out @Mission1Race on Instagram to learn more and follow my training for our signature event “The Journey 2020” I completed last year. I am now inviting the world to join me this December, register now, as a team or individually, for one day or the whole distance. All are welcome, volunteers and participants can support the movement. Join me and transform the world…in Love, Mission and Oneness."


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Good morning from Germany. I have a question for everyone. I would like to run the 5km and the marathon (double LA). If I want to register for the double la, I cannot select certain functions such as itab, shuttle, etc., this is only possible for the marathon if I register alone. does anyone know why? can accompanying friends also use the shuttle to start? I would appreciate a reply from you. Stay healthy and we hope that the event takes place in March and that flights to the usa are allowed again. Greetings from Germany.
Yesterday’s speed workout sure kicked my butt and it was worth it! I started my 3 mile warm up and let me tell you it was very uncomfortable 🥴. My legs felt extremely fatigued and I felt mentally drained from a long day at work. Thankfully my bro pushed me to finish the warm up miles. Not all runs are going to start off PERFECTLY. It’s up to you to either quit or push through the WALL. Our mindset is key! Couldn’t have done it without the energy the squad provided last night. There is something about running together that adds that extra energy (BlacklistLA🦄) This run ended up being one of my best workouts, was able to push pace. Sometimes the best runs come from days you didn’t feel like running. Keep Pushing Keep Grinding Keep Winning 🙌
The smoke cleared out, here in Acton. Got it done for SRLA and Sun Valley Magnet School. #SMRun
Has anyone else had the problem with no photos from the 2020 race? My father and I both seem to not have any pictures and I'm really not interested in going through 8,327 pages of lost and found photos.
"This exciting change allows for a more vibrant and interactive finish experience than previously possible." What---because finishing at the world famous Santa Monica Pier with the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop wasn't vibrant enough? C'mon, folks. Who are you kidding?
This Week! FREE! Tonight - 7:00pm to 8:00pm - Spin Class. Tuesday - 6:00pm Runners Evaluation Wednesday - 6:30pm to 8:00pm Track Workout All on Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4903782760
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Wednesday Night Track has gone virtual! --FREE 6:30 PM - every Wednesday Night On Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4903782760 Or in advance, click to find a phone number. All you need is a cell phone. Turn it up. Earbuds or headphones a plus. We will build for the LA Marathon. Each week, from the safety of your own environment, you will have a certified coach, who walks you through a higher intensity run or walk workout, based on time, not distance on a track. As you run or walk (run/walkers do both), you will hear the coach talk about form, rhythm, breathing, training, psychological and physiological issues, workout emphasis and one inspirational story each week. First up, throughout August: David Levine, USAT&F level two, and USAT level Two, Certified Coach, and co-author of THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO MARATHON TRAINING. One of the Complete Idiot's Guide books. Please find a flat, safe area, without cars, where you can perform this faster run or walk workout. Watch out for curbs, cars or any shorter object, such as hydrants and parking lot spikes. Don't forget, no one can pass you, cause you are alone. Zero judgement. Good for wheelchairs as well. Have an inspired workout!
Hi, just wanted to know if the LAM was making any effort to send 2020 finisher tees to those of us that didn't get them at the Expo because the LAM ran out. It's been almost 5 months and still no tees, even though we already paid for them. The time to make good on that is long overdue.
Hello?? A couple weeks ago, I received an email stating that a ‘major announcement about the LA MARATHON’ would be made on July 13. What is it??!!
What’s the ‘major announcement’ I received an email about a couple weeks ago???