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The L.A. Marathon: 26.2 miles of bragging rights

May 20, 2009 |  4:21 pm

The Los Angeles Marathon is a mere five days away, but there's good news for you impulse runners: you can still register to run.

Jx4o4wnc Late registration for all events happening Monday -- the marathon, the Acura L.A. Bike Tour and the 5K run/walk -- is available at the Run/Ex/09 Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The expo is also where runners and cyclists can pick up their race-day necessities such as bibs, timing chips and T-shirts.

Race day registration is available only for the 5K run/walk, starting at 7 a.m. at the Gil Lindsay Plaza in front of the Los Angeles Convention Center near Pico Boulevard and Figueroa Street. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at 11th and Figueroa streets.

The weekend expo features numerous booths with the latest in shoes, clothes and sports nutrition, and even runners who aren't entering the marathon should find it fun. A word of caution to those who are racing Monday -- try to conserve your energy for the big day, limiting the time you spend on your feet over the weekend. Also, watch what you eat.

Need more information about the marathon and those who run it? Here are some stories from our archives:

General tips for runners

How to cope when hitting the wall

Preparation tips for the days leading up to the race

What a marathon veteran has to say

Now go out there and make us all proud.

-- Jeannine Stein

Photo: The 2008 Los Angeles Marathon: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times