Top Five Tips for the Los Angeles Marathon

March 21, 2019
by Miranda Iglesias

Top Five Tips for the Los Angeles Marathon

The Los Angeles Marathon is this Sunday, March 24 and with road closures, traffic impacts, parking and public transit, we want to make sure you have all the essential information to make your marathon experience safe and fun.

Below are our top five tips for your L.A. Marathon experience in Santa Monica:

1. Keep the Marathon Safe

Please help the City by remaining vigilant of your surroundings during the Los Angeles Marathon. If you see a suspicious person, object or vehicle along or near the race course, report the sighting immediately to 9-1-1 or to law enforcement personnel nearby.  

2. Plan Your Trip to the L.A. Marathon

To make taking transit to/from Santa Monica easier on race day, Big Blue Bus and Metro will offer all transit service from a single Bus Hub at the Metro Expo Line 17th St./SMC Station. All BBB service operating in Santa Monica on Sundays will stop here. See map below and at for more details. 

Getting to and from the Bus Hub:

  • To Downtown Santa Monica: catch the free Route 18 from the Bus Hub to Downtown Santa Monica. Buses will drop you off as far west as Lincoln Blvd.
  • To the Bus Hub: catch the free Route 18 on Lincoln Blvd. between Montana Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd. to the Bus Hub.
  • Marathon Runners: Ride BBB for free with your race bib. Visit for more details.

3. Know What’s Closed Before You Go

Whether you are running in the marathon or cheering runners on, be sure to review the full list of road closures at

Major roads that will be closed before and during the marathon:

Ocean Ave. between Montana Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic beginning at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23. Eastbound San Vicente Blvd. will close starting at midnight on Saturday, March 23 with most other downtown street closures happening at 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 24.

  • Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will reopen the streets after the majority of race participants have finished.  
  • SMPD anticipates most of San Vicente Blvd. will be completely reopened by 4 p.m. 
  • Ocean Ave. between San Vicente Blvd. and Moomat Ahiko Way will open at approximately 6 p.m. with the exception of Ocean Ave. between Washington Ave. and Wilshire Blvd., which will remain closed until 9 p.m. 

4. Try to Bike, Scoot or Walk

Due to heavy traffic and congestion, we encourage you to take various transportation modes to get to the L.A. Marathon, including walking, biking or riding shared mobility devices.

It is important to keep in mind that for the safety of all race participants and spectators, only marathon participants will be allowed on the route. All non-permitted bicyclists, e-scooter riders, skateboarders, skaters, and pedestrians will be strictly prohibited. Bikes are not allowed anywhere on the race route, reunion area or at the intersection of Ocean Ave. at Colorado Ave. Bikes (but not cars) are allowed on Main St. between Pico Blvd. and Colorado Ave. Shared Mobility Devices are not allowed anywhere on the race route, reunion area or within road closure areas. There are seven designated shared mobility drop zones at the intersections of Washington Ave., California Ave., Wilshire Blvd., Arizona Ave., Santa Monica Blvd., and Broadway at 2nd St.

5. Park Smart: Use Santa Monica’s Real-Time Parking App

If you do decide to drive, find available parking in structures and beach lots at Parking is expected to be very limited in the City's public parking spaces as well as private lots that choose to open to the public that day. Parking restrictions along the course and adjacent to the course will be installed before the event and will be strictly enforced. Vehicles in violation of the restrictions will be cited and towed at the owner’s expense. 

Have more questions? Check our FAQ page. On race day, find the latest info by following the City of Santa Monica on Twitter at @SantaMonicaCity

Back to top