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2 New Local Half Marathons Announced for 2010

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Okay, it's time to stop munching on that mac and cheese. On the heels of a major makeover to the Los Angeles Marathon route, two new half marathons for Los Angeles were announced today by separate companies. Come this January, the 13.1 Los Angeles Marathon will run through the Westside and next October, the popular Rock n' Roll Marathon will make a debut in Los Angeles, replacing the City of Angels Half Marathon.

The Inaugural 13.1 Los Angeles, scheduled for January 10th, will begin and end in Santa Monica with a there-and-back course starting on the boardwalk, up Venice Boulevard and back to the finish line on Main Street.

Later on in the year, the popular Rock n' Roll Marathon Series, seen in cities like San Diego, will also make its Los Angeles debut, scheduled for October 24th. Of course they'll keep to the theme of live bands, themed water stations and cheerleaders along the point-to-point half marathon route from Griffith Park to downtown via the L.A. River and Sunset Boulevard. The LA Times notes that there are no current plans to include a full marathon in the event.

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