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LA Marathon returns March 18: Downtown’s the finish line
By Kevin Herrera

Santa Monica will welcome more than 20,000 runners and their families and friends for the last three miles of the LA Marathon on Sunday, March 18, 2018. The marathon route includes Ocean Avenue from San Vicente to California Avenue. Those streets will be closed beginning Saturday evening into early Sunday morning and will remain closed until the race is completed. Many adjacent streets will also be impacted. 


The City of Santa Monica aims to create a safe, friendly atmosphere for all visitors while reducing the impacts on residents and Downtown employees. Taking public transit or riding your bike on the day of the marathon is a great way to help reduce traffic. Parking rates will remain the same as on a typical Sunday, however, please do not drive into downtown on race day if you can avoid it. There will be significant travel delays.  


Visit for all the information you need to know about street closures, bus detours and more. Keep in mind that all pubic transit service will be re-routed to the Expo Light Rail station at 17th Street. From there, users will be provided a free transfer to board Expo and take the rail line into downtown Santa Monica. No buses will be allowed to enter into downtown on race day until public safety officers have cleared the area, which typically takes place after 4pm. For Big Blue Bus information, please visit


Please join us in being attentive of your surroundings during the marathon. If you see a suspicious person, object or vehicle along or near the race course, report the sighting immediately to 911 or to law enforcement personnel nearby. 

Remember: See Something, Say Something. 


Downtown businesses may want to offer runners a special offer or discount on race day as a way to congratulate them for making it to the finish line.  



Kevin Herrera is a former journalist turned marketing and communication expert, beer enthusiast, cyclist, cultural observer/commentator and expert on all things Downtown Santa Monica. He is currently the sr. marketing & communication manager for Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.