Top 10 Things I Love About The LA Marathon

Plenty of sunshine, sea breeze and ocean views await athletes in this event

lululemon ambassador Blue Benadum is a passionate advocate for the SoCal marathon community. On the eve of the LA Marathon Sunday, he shared the top ten reasons why this is one of his favorite races in the world.

10. Elevation

What elevation? Exactly! This course is pretty flat, making it great for a PR (personal record).

9. Good Weather

Well, usually... LA has had its share of torrential downpours and 90+ plus degree heat, but what race hasn't! Let's look on the bright side, shall we? It's almost always mid-fifties at race start! Ideal!

8. Big-City Race

Part of running marathons is the chance to run right down the middle of big-city roads with no traffic. I love that feeling!

7. Point to Point

I really like races that take you somewhere. No out-and-backs that make you retrace ground you’ve already covered.

6. Oceanside Finish

Uh... need I say more? Running from far inland to the open coast seems somehow innately programmed into us. All water finds the sea...eventually!

5. Best Mile Markers

There's just something awesome about two-story inflatable arches that you can see from a mile away. It gives you something tangible to shoot for and keeps you focused on each mile, one at a time.

4. The NutriBullet Health and Fitness Expo

This is a two-day pre-race run festival at the LA Convention Center to get you well fed and super psyched to race. This year’s speakers include Deena Kastor, Josh Cox and yours truly. Come get some tips on running mechanics and nutrition!

3. Beach Vacation

Who are we kidding? We run marathons to give us an excuse to travel! Beaches and beach weather in March? Yep!

2. The lululemon Cheer Station is Bananas.

This is hands down the best lululemon cheer station of any race I have run! Around mile 22 you hear it, you see it, then run through the biggest tunnel of dancing luon love on the planet! The next four miles are a breeze! Kind of...

1. Run with Yours Truly!

Obviously the best reason to come to LA to run a marathon is because...I love you, I miss you and I want to run with you! It’s all about good times with good people, coffee and running (way too many miles)! While you are here check out other fun runs, yoga and LA randomness me and my running team, LASP are getting into. We'd love to share our city's secrets with you!