The ASICS LA Marathon announced yesterday that their field is close to capacity and registration will close as noon PST today.
“If you’re planning to run, our recommendation is to get online and register now,” said Nick Curl, Chief Operating Officer of LA MARATHON LLC.
Once registration closes, runners can still nab one a bib through one of the race’s 81 official charities. Though, only a limited number of charity spots are available.
Though the LA Marathon has been around since 1986, interest in the race exploded with the debut of the “Stadium to Sea” course in 2010. Registration went from 17,000 runners in 2009 to 26,000 in 2010. The race begins at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and finishes on the beach in Santa Monica, passing famous Los Angeles sites like Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Rodeo Drive and the Capitol Records Tower.
“There’s no question that the ASICS LA Marathon has terrific momentum,” Curl said.
The event just attracted a new title sponsor in ASICS, who came on board in February. And Runner’s World Magazine named it the best big-city race in their 2013 Marathon Guide and the readers of Competitor Magazine picked it as the best marathon in the West in 2012.
The race has also been a particular draw for first-time marathoners, who make up 53 percent of the field on average. The course boats a net elevation drop of 430 feet.
For more information or to register, visit LAMarathon.com.
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runner’s lifestyle web show about running. She has completed six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla’s “Notes From a Running Nerd” at RunKarlaRun.com, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.