Runners, it's almost time to take your mark.
The 2017 Los Angeles Marathon is just a couple of days away, and the excitement is building for yet another great race, with runners from all over the country and the world flocking to Dodger Stadium.
Featuring over 24,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 63 countries, dreams will realized, records will be broken and the right to say "I ran a marathon" will have been earned.
But before we get to the race itself, let's go over some important information regarding the layout of the marathon, what time each event begins and where the road closures will be.
Where: Dodger Stadium to the intersection of Ocean Avenue and California Avenue in Santa Monica, California
When: Sunday, March 19
Route: Course Map
Road Closures: Complete List
|2017 Los Angeles Marathon Start Schedule|
|6:45 a.m.||Elite Women|
|6:55 a.m.||Elite Men and Full Field|
The Los Angeles Marathon is a staple in American sports, as it is the fourth-largest marathon in the country, even bigger than the Honolulu and Walt Disney World Marathon, with 20,608 participants last year alone.
While the L.A. Marathon has less than half of the New York Marathon's amount of runners (51,267 in 2016), it is still a momentous occasion for a city with a rich sporting history.
Participants in the marathon must be at least 16 years of age, and the race has a maximum net day finish time of six hours and 30 minutes from the time the last runner crosses the finish line.
Thankfully for the runners involved in the marathon on Sunday, they won't have to worry much about the weather, unlike participants in last year's race.
In 2016, the heat was a concern as temperatures soared near 70 degrees by the time the top runners crossed the finish line. By daytime, temperatures flirted around the mid-to-high 80s.
Even with the high temperatures, that didn't stop Weldon Kirui of Kenya from winning the 2016 race with a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes and 7 seconds.
But this year's edition of the race will be far more comfortable for runners, as the high appears to be around 75 degrees, according to the Weather Channel.
So there's no need to feel anxious before running 26.2 miles, right?
Run your heart out, drink lots of water, but most of all, enjoy the experience. Not many people get to accomplish a feat like completing a marathon, so avoid hitting the runner's wall by remembering why you signed up in the first place.