The 2024 Los Angeles Marathon is quickly approaching and here are 10 reasons we think you should register to be at the start line with us this March:
- It’s a Great Race and the Perfect Way to Kickoff Springtime. Not only is the Los Angeles Marathon presented by ASICS an exceptional race built on a legacy that’s 39 years in the making, but it’s also one of the best springtime running events in the U.S. It was inspired by the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics and, since its debut in 1986, has brought together all levels of runners—from first-time marathoners to international champions—for an epic journey through the City of Angels. Come join the celebration of fitness, fun and community and run through a great city, on a great course in great weather.
- There is No Better Way to See LA. Our Stadium to the Stars course is a 26.2-mile tour of the best communities and landmarks of Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Marathon will begin at Dodger Stadium and finish at Avenue of the Stars in Century City. You’ll enjoy world-class entertainment and celebrate one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world as you run through several historic neighborhoods and sections of the city, including Downtown Los Angeles, Elysian Park, Angelino Heights, Chinatown, Bunker Hill, Little Tokyo, Hollywood, Echo Park, Thai Town, Westwood, Little Armenia, the Sunset Strip and Century City. Along the marathon course, you’ll encounter Olvera Street (aka “the birthplace of Los Angeles”), Los Angeles City Hall, Walt Disney World Concert Hall, Echo Park Lake, The Hollywood Walk of Fame and TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. Plus, you’ll be able to see Griffith Observatory and the famous Hollywood sign in the distance.
- We have a Race Distance for Everyone There are events for runners and walkers of all ages and abilities during the Los Angeles Marathon weekend. While the marathon is the marquee event, we know not everyone is ready to run 26.2 miles. That’s OK, because we also organize the LA Big 5K and Kids Run on the morning of March 16 at Dodger Stadium, and the Charity Half Marathon is another enticing option on March 17.
- The Marathon is on St. Patrick’s Day this Year. That’s right, the 2024 Los Angeles Marathon will be on March 17 and we promise you it’ll be THE St. Patrick’s Day Party of 2024. ☘️ Even if you’re not Irish, running the Los Angeles Marathon is a fun way to celebrate the day. We have a diverse range of entertainment planned along the course and after the race, runners and their friends and family members are welcome to join the official post-race celebration at Century Park! Enjoy live entertainment, the Beer Garden presented by Heineken 0.0, and activations from sponsors and partners. All participants 21+ will receive one complimentary beer.
- World Class Support: With best-in-class nutrition partners like GU Energy, Electrolit, and Over Easy, aid stations and portopotties approximately every mile, a generous 6h30 time limit while also celebrating everyone who finishes no matter your time, LA Road Runners pace teams helping you meet your race goal, and the LA Marathon Party Pacers reminding everyone the party is the back — we are the 4th largest marathon in the US and a race for runners, by runners.
- It’s an Eco-Friendly Race. We care about our Earth and we do something about it. In 2022, we achieved Gold level certification according to the Version 4.3 Responsible Sport Standards as offered by the Council for Responsible Sport. Of the 61 total points offered in the collection of best practices, the event earned all 50 of the 50 credit points applied for. Certified since 2015, the Los Angeles Marathon is among the top ten longest-standing certified events in the world.
- The Los Angeles Marathon Lifestyle Expo at Dodger Stadium is Free and Open to the Public. We have the best expo location in the industry: the World Famous Dodger Stadium on March 15-16. Free, open to the public, and with FREE parking, it will host more than 100 exhibitors featuring the latest in ASICS running shoes and apparel, dynamic photo opportunities and live entertainment, as well as vendors selling race-day accessories, nutritional supplements and more.The Expo is also the participant packet pick-up site for all runners participating in the Los Angeles Marathon and Charity Half Marathon. (There is no race-day bib pick-up unless you have pre-purchased Start Line Hospitality.)
- Our Race Swag Has Serious Drip! All participants in the 2024 Los Angeles Marathon will get a green ASICS T-shirt that features key Los Angeles landmarks, while the golden finisher’s medal is designed to resemble a lucky charm—featuring a green shamrock, a multicolored rainbow and the Los Angeles skyline. For LA Big 5K runners and walkers, a bright blue sunrise-themed ASICS T-shirt and Dodger Stadium-themed medal await, and you can snag an LA Double Play Challenge medal by conquering 29.3 combined miles of the LA Big5K and Los Angeles Marathon in the same weekend. If you run the Santa Monica Classic 5K, Rose Bowl 5K and LA Big 5K, you’ll earn the Triple 5K Tour of LA bling, while those who finish the trio of the Santa Monica Classic 10K, Rose Bowl Half Marathon and the Los Angeles Marathon will get a medal. Also, this will be the 39th year, which means next year is 40 years running and you’ll want to be LA Loyal for that.
- We Support Great Causes & We Believe in Healthy Kids. We have a Nonprofit Partnership Program that has a cause for everyone. If you’re looking to run with purpose look no further than our Charity Info page. You can run for puppies, run for kids, run with Team TMF, run for a diseases that has affected you or for many other amazing causes!Within our mission to build a healthier world, we support life-changing youth health and wellness programs for school age kids in the Greater Los Angeles region. Through these programs we have supported 75,000 students across the Los Angeles Marathon Finish Line through Students Run LA and helped more than 36,000 elementary school students complete their 26th mile at Dodger Stadium in partnership with the LA Unified School District and Beyond the Bell’s 26th Mile program. These programs are proven models that have spawned similar programming around the country
- Last but not least, you will make a difference. By participating in the Los Angeles Marathon you support The McCourt Foundation mission to cure neurological diseases while building a healthier world. Since 1992, the McCourt Foundation has donated more than $6.3 million to neurology research and generated more than $68 million for our 105+ nonprofit charity partners. Thank you
We hope you’ll join us in 2024. Register today.