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Announcing Improvements for the 2012 Race!    

This year's Honda LA Marathon promises to be the best yet!


1) PODS Gear Check:

This year, runners' gear that is checked at Dodger Stadium in the PODS Gear Check Zone before the start of the race will be monitored by security coordinators and then transported to the finish line in Santa Monica, where it will be retrieved in a secure runner-only area.  The PODS Gear Check at Dodger Stadium will close at 6:45am to make sure that all belongings arrive at the finish line on-time.


2) Dodger Stadium Traffic Flow:

We've been working with the Department of Transportation and Caltrans to ensure smooth traffic flow into Dodger Stadium.  As part of the improved traffic system, vehicles will be guided efficiently to the dedicated drop-off area and parking zone to help ensure the race starts on-time promptly at 7:24am.  


3) Additional Shuttle Locations:

Even more free shuttle buses to the starting line at Dodger Stadium will also be available this year for runners who reserve a shuttle time at registration. The shuttles will be available from 2:30-5:30am leaving Santa Monica and 5:15-6:15am from Union Station.  Official Marathon hotels located in Downtown L.A. and Beverly Hills will also offer free pre and post-race shuttles for runners who booked a stay with them. (wristbands required for hotel shuttles)


4) Real-Time Traffic and Weather Updates: 

To help keep athletes and spectators informed, there will be more live updates and tweets on the AM 570 KLAC/FOX Sports LA broadcast beginning at 5:00am, on the pre-race television broadcast on KTLA from 6:00-7:00am, and during the four-hour KTLA Channel 5 race broadcast from 7:00-11:00am.  In addition, the Marathon's social media channels will be updated throughout the day to provide key race information, as well as traffic and weather updates.  



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Take on the LA/SF Challenge!      

Honda LA Marathon                     The Wipro San Francisco Marathon  

We are excited to announce that we have joined forces with The Wipro San Francisco Marathon to create the LA/SF Challenge!  If you are a proud Californian, love the Golden State or are simply a marathon enthusiast, this event is for you!


Runners who run and finish the Honda LA Marathon and The Wipro San Francisco Marathon races consecutively will receive a special LA/SF Challenge medal commemorating this incredible achievement!


Take the first step and sign up NOW for the Honda LA Marathon!  Whether you are a half marathoner or a full, keep the training up for a few more months and run The Wipro San Francisco Marathon on July 29, 2012 to complete the challenge and be the first to get the exclusive medal!


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Take a Sneak Peek at the 2012 Honda LA Marathon Merchandise  


Take a look at some of the great products ASICS has designed for the 2012 Honda LA Marathon merchandise.  All products will be available for sale in the Official Merchandise Tent at the two day Expo held at Dodger Stadium!


Official Merchandise  

Discounted Hotel Rooms - Deadline Approaching


Stay at the official Honda LA Marathon hotels and receive an exclusive discounted rate when you make your reservation through our Hotel Reservation Center. With 30 hotels to choose from in Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, each hotel has been specially reviewed and the lowest price guaranteed for Honda LA Marathon participants, family, and friends.  Click here for more hotel information.

All official hotels are located conveniently along the course and offer free pre-race shuttles to the start line at Dodger Stadium and post-race shuttles* back to your hotel!  You can't beat that! 


Hotel room nights will sell out, so make your reservation today.  Discounted rate expires March 2, 2012. 

Reserve a Hotel Room  
*Post-race shuttles provided for Downtown L.A. and Beverly Hills hotels only.

Support Your Marathoner is Live! 

Register for the Support Your Marathon program and invite your friends and family to cheer you on!  ASICS will have two video boards out along the course that will play video and text messages that your loved ones leave for you! 
Support Your Marathoner 
How does it work?
Timing mats are placed 100 yards before the video board.  When you run over the timing mat it reads the electronic chip located in your bib and the technology ASICS has developed puts your personal message up on the board!  Don't miss out, sign up for this experience today! 
FREE LA Big 5K Training Runs  
If you missed the first two fun runs, make sure you come by for the final two and ready yourself for the LA Big 5K or Honda LA Marathon! 
Big 5 Fun Run  Big 5 Fun Run 
Join us and other local runners on Wednesday night's at 6pm at a Big 5 Sporting Goods store near you for free training runs!  Big 5 provides refreshments, freebies, raffle prizes, and an exclusive "one-night only" discount at the store.  Plus, some of your favorite Clear Channel radio street teams will be on-site joining in the fun!
Mark your calendars for the final two runs!  
Wednesday, February 29th, 6:00pm at 'BIG 5' Store #077, Pasadena 
Wednesday, March 7th, 6:00pm at 'BIG 5' Store #137, El Segundo 
And if you haven't registered for the LA Big 5K race on March 17th, click here to sign up today and receive an exclusive offer from Big 5 Sporting Goods in your confirmation e-mail! 

ASICS 6-Week 'There's Still Time' Marathon Training  


How's your training going?  Compare where you are with the ASICS 6-Week 'There's Still Time' Marathon Training program.  We're at the four week mark, so if you're following this plan you've got an 18 mile run this weekend.  Remember to reduce the risk of injury, all runs should be done at an easy and comfortable pace.

Click here to view the training plan.

Note: The ASICS 6-Week 'There's Still Time' Marathon Training by Andrew Kastor was designed for already-conditioned runners who had a base mileage of at least 12 miles at the start of the 6-week countdown.   

HLAM Hosting USATF Southern California Marathon Championship! 

 USATF Championship

The Honda LA Marathon is the official 2012 USATF Southern California Marathon Championships race. USATF members racing the Honda LA Marathon will be eligible for special awards, prizes and medals. Medals will be presented to the top three USATF finishers in the following thirty (30) men's and women's age divisions: 11 & under, 12-13, 14-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+. Youth awards are presented five deep (1-5) for runners 19 and younger.


As a USATF certified and sanctioned marathon, the Honda LA Marathon is also qualifier for the Boston marathon, and in 2011 top athletes used the Honda LA Marathon to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials held on January 14, 2012. 2011 Honda LA Marathon 2nd place finisher, and USATF Southern California member, Amy Hastings placed 4th in 2012 Olympic Trials, earning her a position as a standby competitor for the 2012 USA Olympic Team. Hastings' 2:27:03 finish from the 2011 Honda LA Marathon was the third fastest marathon debut by an American woman, which also earned her a #8 overall ranking among US runners. 

The Honda LA Marathon is also part of the 2012 USATF Southern California Road Running Grand Prix Series, with $2,000 in end-of-year prize money for top open and masters runners.

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Happy Training,


The Honda LA Marathon Team


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 *Voted Best Marathon in the West in Competitor Magazine's "Best Of" Survey!