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L.A. Marathon Is the 'Best Big City Race' in the Country

Runners take part in the 2011 L.A. Marathon (Photo by Michael Yanow via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Back off, Boston! Not this time, New York! Runner's World magazine has spoken: The Los Angeles Marathon is their pick for the "Best Big City Race" in America.

The nod is included in the 2013 Marathon Guide in the publication's January issue. Runner's World says giving L.A.'s race the top spot " is another indicator of the race’s gaining popularity among runners across the world."

Registration for the 2013 L.A. Marathon opened on October 1, and current levels of registration are at an all-time high, say race officials.

This upcoming run of the L.A. Marathon will mark the fourth time the race is using the Stadium to the Sea route, which sends runners from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean, allowing them, their roadside fans, and viewers around the world, to see several Los Angeles landmarks on the way. The prior route was largely considered a dud, thanks to its bland landscape. One participant went on record saying the old route was "visually deadening." The next year, the race debuted the Stadium to the Sea route; minor adjustments were made in 2011.

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From Runner's World's release on the "Best Big City Race" honor:

“We are honored to be recognized by the leading running publication as the best big city race in the country,” said Nick Curl, LA Marathon’s Race Director. “We continue to challenge ourselves to enhance the runner experience from year to year, and recognitions like these confirm that our efforts are working. Registration is also at an extremely brisk pace, so this year in particular, I urge runners to sign up now and don’t get left behind.”

There is a cap on participants, so if you are up for the task, you can sign up online.

The 2013 L.A. Marathon will take place on March 17.