The Los Angeles Marathon was first run in 1986, and it is now a staple annually on the Los Angeles sports scene.
This year's tournament falls on St. Patrick's Day, and the field is ready to take to the streets in search of finishing and/or winning the now 29-year-old race.
The L.A. Marathon isn't considered one of the six major marathons in the world, but it is still an event that garners its share of attention every year.
In 2012, 31-year-old Kenyan, Simon Njoroge was the first male to finish. He recorded a time of 2:12:12, and 20-year-old Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia was the first female to finish. She wrapped up the marathon in 2:25:39.
Let's take a look at the specifics for this year's event.
When: Sunday, March 17, 9 a.m. ET
Where: Los Angeles
Watch: KTLA5 (Live television coverage locally and livestreaming at KTLA.com). Rebroadcast will air on NBC Universal Sports network.
Intriguing Story to Watch
Can Deena Kastor Find Marathon Glory at 40?
At 40 years old, some may think Kastor is too old to be a major factor and that she should be happy with simply competing. But she told the Los Angeles Times, "I'm training to win."
Kastor is a native of Los Angeles, an American record-holder in the marathon, and also won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
She certainly has the credentials, but she will face stiff competition from women at least 12 years younger. It will be interesting to see if Kastor can defy the odds.
Course Route and Charities
The great race was in danger of folding, but former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt bought the marathon in 2008 (per USA Today) and spearheaded the construction of the course as it is today (per LosAngeles.Dodgers.MLB.com), which is known as Stadium to Sea.
It offers a beautiful view of the area surrounding Dodger Stadium, and many other eye-pleasing backdrops along the water.
While the course may be scenic, many of these runners won't simply be focused on the sights or the experience. Many show up with aspirations on winning the race.
Beyond the competitive aspect, the Los Angeles Marathon also features several charitable causes.
Obviously, weather is a major component when forecasting the race. Per Weather.com, it may be a cloudy day, but the runners and crowd should stay dry.
However, the 78-degree high is probably a little warmer than what would be considered ideal.
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