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Stadium to the Sea: LA Marathon Releases 2010 Course Map

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This morning, as the countdown clock to the 2010 LA Marathon declares there's 131 days until the big event, the official "Stadium to the Sea" course map was released. Beginning at Dodger Stadium, this brand new route takes participants and their supporters through some of Los Angeles' iconic and familiar-the-world-over city and county sights and neighborhoods, including El Pueblo, City Hall, and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown; Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Hollywood & Vine, and the Sunset Strip in Hollywood; Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills; and from Century City through the Westside to the finish at the shore of the Pacific at Santa Monica Boulevard and Ocean.

Serious discussion of altering the route of the run began to take shape this summer, as planners reacted to a vociferous crowd of people who yearned to see the race, from the perspective of not only the participants but to global spectators watching on television, showcase the landscape and landmarks we're known for. One runner published an Op-Ed in the Times noting that the race was "visually deadening." Her suggested route: "To take in some of the city's more memorable sights, runners could start at Dodger Stadium, go through Chinatown, then up Sunset Boulevard to Hollywood, on to Beverly Hills and Westwood, and finishing at the beach in Santa Monica." Well whadda ya know?

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The 2010 LA Marathon takes place on Sunday March 21, 2010.