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LA Marathon Suffering with New Date, Council Motion Seeks to Bring Back Sunday Option

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A motion introduced by three City Councilmembers today will lift a ban that forced the Los Angeles Marathon this year to be held on a Monday holiday instead of a Sunday to avoid conflicts with religious groups. With not many choices at hand, Marathon organizers went with Memorial Day, which predictably proved difficult with low participation, limited broadcast availability and complaints from runners.

"The number of entrants thus far is less than in past years,” the motion states. “In addition, the Monday holiday requirement has restricted national television broadcast coverage, a critical element to the success of the Marathon.”

“It’s too late for this year, but we’ll get it changed for next year,” Councilmember LaBonge said. “Now, get out and train.”