Race organizers push the race that runs through Brentwood to the fall
By Chad Winthrop
The Los Angeles marathon, which this year will feature more Brentwood action, has been pushed back again due to COVID-19.
Recently The McCourt Foundation, organizers of the Los Angeles Marathon, the Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5K, the LABig5K and the Los Angeles Marathon, announced that all these races will be pushed back to the fall. The group cited “the current state of the pandemic in the Los Angeles area and the pace of vaccine roll-out,” in the announcement, which comes weeks after race organizers pushed the race back to May.
The 2020 race took place just after both the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles declared states of local emergencies in response to the first cases of COVID-19 being confirmed in the region.
The exact date of the 2021 races has not yet been determined.
“We are currently exploring available dates with our host cities and venues. This process will take some weeks and a decision regarding new dates will be announced as soon as possible. All decisions will be made with the health and safety of all athletes, volunteers, and city officials as our top priority,” The McCourt Foundation said.
Registered participants unable to attend the new 2021 event dates can choose from the following options listed HERE.
Pushing back the race gives runners more time to prepare for a new course. The 2021 course will follow its traditional route starting at Dodger Stadium until Brentwood. Then runners will double back on San Vicente, Sepulveda and Santa Monica boulevards before finishing at Avenue of the Stars in Century City.
“This exciting change allows for a more vibrant and interactive finish experience than previously possible. It will provide the opportunity for much greater spectator participation for family and friends with enhanced post-race activities including the Finish Festival with concerts and sponsor activations and puts runners close to hotels, transportation, and nightlife in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the best of LA,” the McCourt Foundation said in July.