Sunday shutdowns imminent as Los Angeles prepares for Marathon

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Thousands of runners and spectators will descend on Los Angeles this Sunday for the 34th Los Angeles Marathon. The race will start at 6:30 a.m. and run a 26.2-mile route from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica.

Along the way, runners will wind their way through Downtown before crossing through Echo Park and over Sunset Boulevard. Runners will then follow the street to Hollywood Boulevard, passing by the Walk of Fame.

Heading west, runners will follow Sunset Strip to Santa Monica Boulevard. After a quick detour through Beverly Hills, the route will send runners west on San Vicente before the final stretch on Ocean Avenue and the finish line on the Santa Monica Pier.

Several of Los Angeles’ busiest streets will close starting as early as 2 a.m. Sunday, mostly on streets along the race route. However, Metro trains will run as regular on Sunday, except for Expo Line trains, which will run every nine minutes for most of the day, to allow spectators to efficiently get to and from the finish line. However, spectators are advised to note that there is no shuttle from the finish line to Union Station after the race.

Bus lines, on the other hand, will see significant disruption along the race route. Commuters should allow for extra time, and detours can be found on this advisory page.

Those driving can expect streets in the Downtown/Dodger Stadium portion of the course to reopen before 10:30 a.m. However, the area around the Santa Monica finish line will be closed until 9 p.m. More detailed information on street closures can be found via the Los Angeles Department of Transportation and the city of Santa Monica.

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