Get your running shoes ready: the LA Marathon is coming to Santa Monica!

LA marathon runners cross the finish line in 2013
Photo Credit: Michael Dorausch

Get ready because this Sunday one of the largest marathons in the country, the fourth largest to be exact, the Sketchers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is back! The marathon supports almost 100 charities and boasts over 24,000 runners from every state in America and 63 countries.  They will all head to Dodger Stadium at 6:30 a.m. to kick off the race, travel through West Hollywood, and finish up the race right here, in Santa Monica

Whether you’re running, watching, or are just now hearing about the event, there are some important things for you to know.

While some are simply hoping to break their own PR, others have much grander plans in mind.  The LA marathon has partnered with the Guinness World Records.  They have encouraged runners to submit an application and attempt to earn a spot in the famous world record book. 

In addition to the record hopefuls, the new Los Angeles Chargers will be participating in the marathon! They will get involved by running a 13-person relay!

However, with all the hype of the marathon there is one big downside: street closures.  Street closures in Santa Monica will start anywhere from 5 to 6 a.m. on Sunday, and begin even earlier throughout the rest of LA. Some major streets will start closures on Saturday morning and will only reopen once it is safe. 

If you’re planning a getaway or need to travel in and around LA your best bet is the Big Blue Bus or the Metro Expo Line, who will have a service every nine minutes to better accommodate for the marathon.