L.A. Marathon essentials

Weldon Kirui of Kenya was the first to cross the finish line at last year's L.A. Marathon.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

More than 24,000 runners and mild weather are expected for the 32nd Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday.

The 26.2.-mile “Stadium to the Sea” course that was implemented in 2010 begins at Dodger Stadium and goes through Echo Park, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills to the finish line in Santa Monica. The race kicks off at 6:30 a.m. with the wheelchair participants, followed by the women’s elite field at 6:45 and the rest of the participants at 6:55.

Sunday is expected to be mostly cloudy with temperatures at about 73 degrees in the L.A. Basin and upper 60s at the coast. Last year the race was held in February to coincide with the U.S. Olympic Trials, but it was still mild with a noon temperature of 69 degrees. It was a race-record 88 degrees two years ago.

The men’s elite field includes defending champion Weldon Kirui and 2015 winner Daniel Limo, both of Kenya. Ethiopia’s Mestawet Tufa and Biruktayit Degefa head the women’s field.


The total purse is $100,000 for the men’s and women’s fields, with $23,000 each for first place.