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2014 ASICS LA Marathon ramps up with security

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At the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon, their top priority is the safety of the runners, volunteers, spectators, and partners. They are working closely with public safety officials to create the best possible experience at the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon. Please read more about this and the new security updates below.

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PACKET PICK-UP at the NutriBullet Health & Fitness Expo

New this year, you must pick up your own Participant Packet (includes your race bib and timing chip) at the NutriBullet Health and Fitness Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center during regularly scheduled hours (Friday, March 7, 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M., and Saturday March 8, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.). They will no longer allow individuals to pick up Participant Packets on behalf of others. They understand that some unavoidable conflicts will occur; if that is the case, please email packetpickup@lamarathon.com to seek a resolution.

GEAR CHECK at the Start Line

New this year, the only gear check bag that you will be permitted to bring inside the Secured Event Zone at Dodger Stadium on race day and to drop-off at Gear Check will be the clear plastic event-issued Participant Bag that you will receive upon picking up your Participant Packet and participant t-shirt at the NutriBullet Health and Fitness Expo. Backpacks, luggage, and other non-event-issued bags WILL NOT be accepted at Gear Check. Note: Gear Check closes at 6:45 A.M. so please plan accordingly.

SECURITY CHECKPOINTS & BAG SCREENING

Dodger Stadium

New this year, any participants parking or getting dropped off at Dodger Stadium must pass through security before entering the Secured Event Zone at Dodger Stadium. There will be three designated security and bag screening checkpoints located around the Secured Event Zone perimeter. You will only be able to access the Start Line through one of these designated entrances. All bags will be screened by security personnel. All participants must use the clear plastic event-issued Participant Bag for carried gear. Bringing the clear plastic event-issued bag with you will expedite the bag screening process and will help maintain an efficient flow of participants into the Secured Event Zone. Participants who opt not to carry bags can access the Start Line through express security lanes. Please arrive early to Dodger Stadium to account for the additional time it will take to pass through security. Expect delays. Dodger Stadium will open to vehicles at 3:00 A.M.

Shuttles

New this year, any participants boarding a shuttle from Santa Monica, Downtown L.A., Beverly Hills, or Union Station must pass through security before boarding the shuttle bus. There will be designated security and bag screening checkpoints located at each shuttle stop. You will only be able to board the shuttle bus after going through a security checkpoint. All bags will be screened by security personnel. All participants must use the clear plastic event-issued Participant Bag for carried gear. Bringing the clear plastic event-issued bag with you will expedite the bag screening process and will help maintain an efficient flow of participants into the shuttles. Please arrive early to your shuttle stop to account for the additional time it will take to pass through security. Expect delays.

SPECTATOR ACCESS

Dodger Stadium

Spectators will still have access to Dodger Stadium and the Secured Event Zone. Spectators must enter at one of the three security checkpoints. Backpacks, luggage, and other non-event-issued bags will not be accepted at the security checkpoints. Please leave any belongings in your vehicles prior to entering the security checkpoints.

Santa Monica

Palisades Park: New this year, spectators will NOT be allowed access into Palisades Park south of Washington Ave and north of Santa Monica Blvd. Any spectators wishing to meet up with runners must head south on 2nd St. to Santa Monica Blvd. We recommend spectators meet up with runners in the Family Reunion Area on Ocean Ave between Santa Monica Blvd and Broadway Ave.

Secured Event Zone: Also new this year, a Secured Event Zone will be created on Ocean Ave from Santa Monica Blvd to Colorado St. There will be three designated entrances to the Secured Event Zone (at 2nd Street/Santa Monica Blvd, at 2nd Street/Broadway Ave, and Colorado Ave/Ocean Ave). You will only be able to access the Secured Event Zone through one of these designated entrances. All spectators are subject to search upon entering the Secured Event Zone. It is strongly recommended that spectators opt not to bring bags to help maintain the efficient flow of spectators through the security checkpoints.

March 9th is not just important because it is race day, it is also the day we "Spring Forward" for Daylight Savings Time.

Make sure you plan ahead and adjust your clock ahead one hour before you go to sleep. As you create your "race day checklist" of all the items you need for the big day, add this to the list now. The race will still start at 7:25 A.M.

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