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L.A. Marathon Date Change to be Voted on Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, the City Council will likely vote to change the Los Angeles Marathon's date back to a Sunday in March after last year forcing organizers to choose a holiday Monday to avoid conflict with religious institutions on Sunday, the traditional day for a race. In the end, traditionally hot and sunny Memorial Day was chosen only to scare off a large number of runners from registering. "The issues surrounding the date change from March to (finally) May caused many problems on various levels. Several charity programs involved in the LA Marathon this year were negatively affected by the date changes," explained Kerry Quakenbush of the AIDS Marathon, which fundraises for disease research through race training, in an e-mail blast this weekend. Urging supporters of the date change to speak during public comment, she warns that a large anti-Sunday contingent will show force tomorrow at Council. "The LA Marathon office has been advised that the groups that oppose this are mobilizing as I write so that strong opposition to this will be made known."

The Council will also look at the route, which has been rumored to end at the ocean this year.

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