Los Angeles will host the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon where the best athletes in the country will gather to compete for the opportunity to represent the United States at the Rio 2016 Olympics. On the following day, Sunday, February 14, the city will present the 31st Annual Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. Both events will take runners through iconic Los Angeles neighborhoods adjacent to some of the city’s famous landmarks and attractions.

2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon

As the host of the 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympic Games, Los Angeles carries a strong Olympiad legacy. In 1984, L.A. became the only U.S. city to host two Olympic Games, and the Coliseum became the only U.S. stadium to host the Olympic Games twice. Building on this tradition, the city is excited to welcome the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon. Runners will begin the looped course at the STAPLES Center at L.A. LIVE, home to the famous Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Sparks. They will also pass iconic venues including the Los Angeles Convention Center, University of Southern California, Exposition Park and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum—designated a National Historic Landmark and home to the Opening Ceremony at the Special Olympics World Games in 2015.

31st Annual Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon

On Sunday, thousands of runners will navigate their way from Downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica in the annual Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon “Stadium to the Sea” course. Starting at Dodger Stadium, participants will pass many of the city’s unique neighborhoods including Chinatown, Echo Park, Silver Lake and Century City. Runners will also get a  chance to run alongside many of Los Angeles’ iconic attractions such as the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive and the Santa Monica Pier.

The annual marathon is an exciting time for runners, visitors and spectators. Those coming to cheer on athletes can enjoy a variety of activities along the route including listening to more than 45 bands, cheering along with over 600 cheerleaders and exploring 5 entertainment centers. On race day, visitors can also enjoy free entertainment at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, people watch at the famed Hollywood & Highland or shop at Westfield Century City. With so many great restaurants along the route, audiences can indulge in some of their own carb-loading while they wait for their favorite runners to pass by, take advantage of special deals from local businesses like Juice Served Here in Silver Lake that will be offering free cold pressed juice samples until supplies last and YogaWorks in Los Feliz that will be giving a special drop-in discounted rate of $15 for spectators.

Other fanfare occurring around town includes the Los Angeles Marathon’s Health & Fitness Expo – happening at the South Hall of the L.A. Convention Center on Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February 13. These events are free to the public and will feature more than 120 exhibitors showcasing the latest developments in sports, fitness and nutrition.

Source:- Los Angeles

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