Running Bored: Could the LA Marathon Improve the View?
There's been controversy aplenty surrounding the date of the LA Marathon this year, and now, in preparation for next year's run, Greersoc.com founder and 15-time marathon runner Greer Wylder suggests in an LA Times editorial today that organizers also consider improving the route. Why? Because, to be blunt, it's really ugly.
Wylder wonders "why organizers have mapped out a course so visually deadening when we live in a city filled with iconic sights," and laments the 26.2 mile stretch of "nondescript houses, convenience stores, strip malls, office buildings, chain-link fences and car lots." Did the organizers perhaps forget that runners need something to look at as they move through our oftentimes breathtakingly beautiful city? "You get the impression that organizers drew the course based on how easily a street could be closed off, not taking into account the experience of the runner," notes Wylder.
So what routes could future marathons take?