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L.A. Marathon to feature second-largest field in 30-year history

The Los Angeles Marathon has sold out for the third consecutive year and will feature the second-largest field in its 30-year history, race organizers announced Tuesday.

A field of 26,000 runners representing all 50 states and more than 55 countries is scheduled to take part in Sunday's 26.2-mile race, which starts at Dodger Stadium and ends at the Santa Monica Pier. The largest L.A. Marathon field was in 2010.

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The race also will have the deepest elite-runner field in its history, with 90 runners striving for overall victory Sunday. The elite groups include 74 Americans who are aiming to win the 2015 USA Track & Field Marathon Championships title.

"We are excited that so many have chosen to participate in this year's celebration, and we're dedicated to making this a great experience for all of the participants," said Tracey Russell, chief executive of L.A. Marathon, in a statement.

In addition to the world-class talent, a group of 178 runners who have finished in every L.A. Marathon since its debut in 1986 will be recognized in a commemorative start before the men's elite-division/full-field start begins.

The marathon begins at 6:50 a.m. PDT with the wheelchair race start. The women's elite division is scheduled to start at 7:02 a.m., and the full-field start is scheduled for 7:25 a.m.

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