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L.A. Marathon traffic: Headaches for drivers, bliss for others

March 17, 2013 |  8:50 am

As the L.A. Marathon made its way across the city, traffic is backing up in some areas.

The first leg of the race goes through downtown, and traffic maps are showing delays in surface streets near the route.

But a headache for drivers turned out to be boon for some pedestrians.


"There's something empowering about crossing Sunset [without] looking in either direction first. Thanks LA City Marathon," Michael K. Weber wrote on Twitter this morning.

The 26.2-mile race runs from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica.  Major streets along the marathon’s path that to be blocked off during the event include Sunset Boulevard (in downtown, Echo Park and West Hollywood), Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Santa Monica Boulevard (in West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and West L.A.),  and San Vicente Boulevard in Santa Monica. Caltrans also planned to close some freeway offramps.

The first closures were set to start near the stadium and lift on a rolling basis over the course of the day, starting at 9 a.m. on the eastern end of the route and ending late in the afternoon closer to the finish line. Some 101, 110 and 405 freeway entrance and exit ramps were also to be closed during the race. 

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The marathon began at 6:55 a.m. for racers in wheelchairs, 7 a.m. for racers with hand cycles and 7:25 a.m. for most other participants. 

The city Department of Transportation said it will strictly enforce a restricted, no-parking policy for the marathon during listed times. Vehicles that have not been moved will be cited and impounded at police garages.

Course maps and event information are available at LAmarathon.com or trafficinfo.lacity.org. Those seeking to use public transportation can contact Metro at (323) GO-METRO (466-3876) or visit the agency’s trip planner site at metro.net.

PHOTOS: The 2013 Los Angeles Marathon

Detailed information about street closures, including grids detailing major and peripheral street closures along and near the race route, is available at the L.A. Marathon website. 

As one person on Twitter put it: "Please remind myself not to go out today."

-- Eryn Brown and Shelby Grad