The “Stadium to the Sea” course includes six miles along Historic Route 66, a celebrated national highway that for decades spanned 2,451 miles from Normal, Illinois to Santa Monica, California.It also traverses through the grounds of the Veterans Administration, a sprawling facility originally founded in 1887 which now houses, among other things, the VA’s West Los Angeles Healthcare System.The date change proved to be problematic as there was a 17% drop in participation, and the Los Angeles City Council quickly agreed to schedule the next race for the following March.The 2010 silver anniversary edition of the race, and the “Stadium to the Sea” course, marked the first time that parts of the marathon were run outside the city limits of Los Angeles.RACE HISTORYThe LA Marathon’s roots can be traced back to the Games of the XXIII Olympiad, where United States Olympic Committee head Peter Ueberroth introduced a new way to fund and stage large-scale, international sporting events.The 1984 Games, the second to be hosted by Los Angeles, were a critical and financial success, generating a profit of 3 million and resurrecting the foundering Olympic movement.After leaving West Hollywood, the course wends through the heart of Beverly Hills and straight down Rodeo Drive, one of the most affluent, highest profile shopping thoroughfares in the world.
The new race organizers tweaked the course yet again in an effort to produce still faster winning times, and their efforts were rewarded in 2006 when Kenyan Benson Cherono () and Russian Lidiya Grigoyeva () broke the existing race records.
The 33rd edition of the marathon will be held on March 18, 2018.
While there are no qualifying standards to be eligible to participate in the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, runners wishing to receive an official time must successfully complete the course in 6.5 hours.
The hope was that a faster race record would improve the event’s standing in the international running community and attract more registrants.
The plan to create a faster course, which included eliminating a number of existing elevation gains, was successful and in 1999 Kenyan Simon Bor established a new mark of .