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LA Marathon: Get Ready For Traffic Troubles

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Tomorrow is the 23rd Annual LA Marathon, and the multiple races taking place in the city as a part of the day-long event are going to compromise a great many of our streets.

Many street closures will begin in the overnight and early morning hours, and the LADOT is expected to enforce parking restrictions aggressively. According to the City of LA's official LA Marathon info: "Impounding of vehicles will begin no later than 2:00 am. Typical costs for towed vehicles include $70 for the citation and between $150 and $185 to recover the vehicle from the towing company."

In addition to the full 26 mile main event, which starts at 8:15, there is a bike tour that begins at 5:50 a.m., a 5k run that begins at 7:15 a.m., and two wheelchair races that begin at 7:45 and 7:50 a.m. respectively. The Marathon has a new route, which begins at Cahuenga and Lankershim near Universal City and ends at 5th and Flower in Downtown.

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Bottom line: Check where you're parked before you hit the sack tonight and make sure you aren't in the line of fire for potential towing, and figure out how you might get from whatever Point A to Point B might be in your plans tomorrow and avoid the closures. Unless of course, you're running in the Marathon--in that case, get your carbo-loading on, wash your lucky running socks, and good luck to you!

Closures, routes, and re-opening times are pretty complicated, so the full text from the official City website is included after the jump.