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2014 ASICS LA Marathon spectator guide and final instructions

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Whether you'll be cheering from the street or your living room, the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon Spectator Guide tells you the best places to watch the race, street closure information and times, parking, and the locations of viewing parties and entertainment along the route. Be sure to visit the website at www.LAMarathon.com for the latest Spectator updates.

Tips for Spectators:

  • Be sure to discuss a post-race reunion plan with your runner BEFORE the race. Plan on meeting at the Family Reunion Area by the flag that marks the first letter of your last name.
  • Know the projected finish time of your runner.
  • Use public transportation like Big Blue Bus, www.bigbluebus.com or MTA, www.metro.net to watch the race and get to the Finish Line in Santa Monica.
  • Commuterama provides real time Road Closure information and how to get around the road closures for the ASICS LA Marathon on race day. Spectators, residents and businesses can view their Course Map with related road closure and reopening info to better help navigate through the city.

For those of you coming to the Finish Line in Santa Monica, scout out the parking lots before your arrive. Use Santa Monica's live parking information website to monitor parking space availability or pre-purchase your parking spot here.

Remember, over 25,000 runners plus their friends and families will be in Santa Monica on Sunday, so we urge spectators to "park and stay" to avoid sitting in long lines of traffic. Enjoy a day at the beach or check out the many offerings from Santa Monica restaurants, shops, and businesses happening only on race day! Click here for all the Santa Monica race day specials.

Plus you can join all the runners in the Finish Festival located on Santa Monica Blvd between Ocean Ave and 2nd Street. The Finish Festival is host to the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden, the ASICS LA Marathon Treadmill Challenge, entertainment, and giveaways.

Catch all the excitement on race day with live television, web, and radio broadcasts.

KTLA 5

KTLA 5 in Los Angeles will provide live television coverage of the ASICS LA Marathon on race day beginning at 6:00AM PDT. KTLA will also provide live online streaming of the ASICS LA Marathon broadcast beginning at 7:00AM PDT at www.ktla.com.

AM570 FOX Sports Los Angeles

AM570 FOX Sports LA will begin its radio broadcast at 5:00AM PDT with live weather and traffic updates from Dodger Stadium and ASICS LA Marathon coverage. You can also follow their updates on twitter at @lamarathonINFO.

Run the ASICS LA Marathon then go home, kick your feet up and relive every moment of the race by tuning in to Universal Sports Network on Sunday, March 9 at 12 P.M. PT.

CHEER ZONE

Location: Beverly Hills at Little Santa Monica Blvd and N. Crescent Drive

Time: 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Come join in the fun and see your runner at this community Cheer Zone that will feature live music, food and beverage sampling, and product giveaways.

THE NUTRIBULLOOZA HEALTHY LIVING FESTIVAL

Location: Santa Monica at Nemo

Time: 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Come join the fun at Mile 15 in West Hollywood where NutriBullet will be celebrating another year of their partnership with the ASICS LA Marathon. If you're going to be supporting a runner on race day, this is the place to be. Come enjoy live musical performances via stage and Jumbotron, DJ Spase and the NutriBullet Dancers, live percussion performances, NutriBullet and NutriBullet Swag Giveaways, dance contests, free green smoothie bars, comedy, and more.

ARROWHEAD HYDRATION ZONE

Location: Mile 16 on S. Santa Monica at N. Crescent Drive

Time: 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Join hundreds of volunteers and spectators at this water station turned celebration! Arrowhead will be on site helping keep runners hydrated and motivated as they hit the home stretch. Come out and join in the celebration.

ASICS SUPPORT YOUR MARATHONER

Supply some digital inspiration to your friends, family or neighbors running the ASICS LA Marathon by logging on ASICS' website www.supportyourmarathoner.com; there, you can upload a video or picture based message which will be delivered on-course, during the race, to the runner of your choice.

Mile 8 - Silverlake - Griffith Park Blvd and Sunset Blvd

Mile 17 - Beverly Hills - Wilshire Blvd and Rodeo Dr

Mile 22 - Veterans' Administration - Bonsall Ave. and Eisenhower Ave.

FINISH FESTIVAL

Location: Santa Monica Blvd between Ocean Ave and 2nd Street

Time: 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

After cheering on the runners as they cross the finish line, join them at the post-race finish festival which includes the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden (free beer for runners - wristband required), entertainment, and giveaways.

ASICS LA MARATHON TREADMILL CHALLENGE

Location: Finish Festival

Time: 9:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Think you have what it takes to run at a champion marathoner's pace? Find out by taking the ASICS LA Marathon treadmill challenge. The one of a kind truck-mounted treadmill only runs at one speed, the ASICS LA Marathon record pace. See how long you can keep up, compete for the record and register to win free ASICS gear. To find treadmill locations go to www.asicsamerica.com/lamarathon.

The weather reports are forecasting a WARM day on Sunday with temperatures ranging from mid-50's at the start to approximately 80 degrees mid-day. As you prepare for race day, take a moment to read through the following tips to ensure you have a great marathon run.

  • Make sure you are properly hydrated and recognize the early warning signs of heat illness, which include profuse sweating, weakness, nausea, headache and muscle cramps.
  • Dress accordingly, and in layers. It will be cool at the start area so wear something that can keep you warm until you hand-over your personal items at the UPS gear check. Technical fabric will help wick away moisture from the body and loose fitting white clothing will reflect light and enable evaporation.
  • Protect your head with a lightweight hat or visor that enables heat to transfer off the top of your head. Additionally, you should put on sunblock as the sun and UV rays will be strong.
  • Stay hydrated during your run with Arrowhead Water or Gatorade provided at the aid stations and be sure to re-hydrate after you finish the race.

If you become dizzy, nauseated or have the chills while running, stop running, find shade and drink water or a fluid replacement drink. If you do not feel better, seek help at one of the 10 medical stations along the route.

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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