Saturday, March 20, 2010

Where to be Merry: The 25th Annual Los Angeles Marathon

I know what you’re thinking because I’m thinking the same thing: who in their right mind would ever run 26.2 miles? In fact, who would ever willingly run 26.2 miles? Unless there’s a gun pointed to my head, no thank you, I’m not doing it. But, that’s not to say that I don’t support the annual Los Angeles Marathon. In fact, I highly recommend getting involved with the various activities associated with this energetic event, which happens to be one of this city’s most popular, most publicized, well-known affairs.

The route begins at the Dodger Stadium, where runners and spectators alike can wander through an expansive marathon fair. Load up on free samples, enter contests to win prizes like free trips to Napa Valley and get bargains on sport-related merchandise, ranging from running shoes to I-Pod holders and energy drinks. And even though you won’t be running, the excitement of the race will be contagious. You’ll feel the rush of adrenaline pulsate through your body, especially when the final countdown to the start of the marathon commences. Everyone eagerly awaits for the first runners to pounce forward and jet off.

All throughout the city you can snag a seat to cheer on runners and walkers, but the best spot is at the finish line by the Santa Monica Pier. It’s going to be a suspenseful moment to wait and see who crosses the finish line first, as whomever wins will break the “Battle of the Sexes” tie for the most marathon wins. Each gender has both won three marathons so far. Of course, I’m rooting for the ladies. Just like at Dodger Stadium, much merriment and carousing will take place. There will be a big beach party and many nearby restaurants are offering special Sunday promotions to celebrate the day.

So with my cute little sarong, Daiquiri in hand and congratulatory cheers ever so ready, I’ll be at the beach, mixing and mingling with the gorgeous marathon runners after the race.

Pictured Below: Earlier this morning, I ran the 1st Annual Los Angeles Marathon 5K at the Dodger Stadium, and if that’s anything of an indicator of what tomorrow will be like, then Sunday will be a riot.

Pictured Below: The route stretches from the Dodger Stadium to the sunny Santa Monica beach, giving runners and spectators panoramic views of some of Los Angeles’ most landmarks, including Rodeo Drive, Grauman’s Chinese Theater and Century City.

Pictured Below: There’s so much more to a marathon than a mere 26 miles: it’s also the time to score on free giveaways, live music, fun contests, tasty food and other sport related activities.