Sunday, March 18, 2012
Los Angeles Marathon...runners receive welcome from WeHo residents! Traffic jams, galore!
The rain let up just enough earlier this morning to allow running enthusiasts to dash out and support this year's participants in the annual Los Angeles Marathon.
For instance, I spied quite a few pedestrians lining Hollywood Boulevard bright-and-early, where they enthusiastically cheered the die-hard record-number of competitors on.
Unfortunately, motorists were not as thrilled about the annual event, especially if they were not familiar with the road closures in effect.
Quite a few irate drivers got frustrated by the long waits - and detours - throughout the course of the hectic day.
You'd think that President Obama flew in to town and was tooling around the city in his elite high-security motorcade, eh?
In WeHo (West Hollywood) surprised runners were met with a live musical band - and drums sounded ceremoniously - as they approached the incorporated city and headed towards the finish line somewhere along the long-and-winding road ahead.
Volunteers also handed out thirst-quenching drinks - such as water, juice, and the like - and nutritious fruit snacks designed to keep them hydrated and energized.
The race started at Dodger Stadium and ends on Ocean Avenue at the intersection of Ocean Ave and California in Santa Monica (CA).
The Finish Line closes eight hours after the initial start of the race.
Participants who cross the Marathon Finish Line after 8:00 p.m. (Sunday evening) are not recognized as "Official Finishers" and are not guaranteed a medal or a finishing time.
On the other hand, all “Official Finishers” of the Honda LA Marathon and LA Big 5K will receive medals upon completion of the race, you betcha.
For your information, a timing chip is attached to the back of a runner's bib, to ensure the athlete's time is recorded accurately.
Good luck, folks!