L.A. Marathon moves up start time because of expected high temperatures

Runners pass through downtown Los Angeles during the 2014 L.A. Marathon.
(Christina House / For The Times)

With the weekend forecast calling for temperatures in the high 80s, the full-field starting time for Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon will take place 30 minutes earlier than originally scheduled, marathon organizers announced Tuesday.

The start will be at 6:55 a.m. and the marathon will implement wave starts so runners have better access to replenishment and aid stations along the course.

The marathon will also provide misting stations that will be stocked with cold towels and ice. In addition, cooling buses will be available for runners to sit in at the finish line.


Organizers said this year’s race could be the hottest L.A. Marathon on record.

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

A field of 26,000 runners representing all 50 states and more than 55 countries is scheduled to take part in the 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.

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