Santa Monica is the Finish Line for the Los Angeles Marathon on March 24
March 11, 2019
SANTA MONICA, Calif. — On Sunday, March 24, the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon sponsored by Skechers Performance will take place. The race will begin at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and will run through the neighboring cities of West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before finishing in Downtown Santa Monica.
The Los Angeles Marathon Unified Command (LAMUC) wants everyone to plan ahead and remind people that the 26.2 mile race course will be closed to the public on March 24. Street closures will begin as early as 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, and will re-open as safety permits on a rolling basis. For a Marathon route map and a complete list of street closures throughout Santa Monica, please visit santamonica.gov/marathon.
Ocean Ave. between Montana Ave. and Wilshire Blvd. will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic beginning at 9:30 p.m. Eastbound San Vicente Blvd. will close starting at midnight on Saturday with most other downtown street closures happening at 6 a.m.
- 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.
Visit santamonica.gov/marathon for the full list of closures.
To ensure the safety of all race participants and spectators, only Marathon participants will be allowed on the route. All non-permitted bicyclists, e-scooters, skateboarders, skaters, and pedestrians will be strictly prohibited.
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.
Take Transit Downtown
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. 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 at santamonica.gov/marathon for more details.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Have more questions? Visit santamonica.gov/marathon to learn about street closures, bike parking, transit routes, parking, and other details about being a spectator at the LA Marathon.
Normal service requests or complaints, including blocked driveways, noise or other non-life-threatening safety issues, should be directed to SMPD at 310-458-8491. As always, call 9-1-1 in the event of a life-threatening emergency.