Race: LA Marathon 2020
Runner: Scott Boatwright
Race Date: 03/08/2020
Location: Los Angeles, CA
3 Bests – What aspects of the race did you like the most?
- The landmarks from Dodger’s stadium to Ocean Ave. It’s incredible seeing all the popular sites in LA such as: Hollywood Blvd., Rodeo Drive, and even Skid Row while running and having all the streets shut down for a personal experience.
- The crowd. One of the most energetic and community supported events I’ve seen.
- The runners. Being one of the world’s most popular cities, it attracts runners from all over the world, so it’s a very cultural event.
Not so much – Aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
Alllllllot of people do it just for the cool factor, and are just walking it for fun. I commend anyone who does this, a marathon is a marathon no matter what. But, out of the 27k runners, at least half were walking or lightly jogging from the start line, and the majority of these people were lined up right behind the elites, which meant the rest of us spent the first couple miles zig zagging around these people clustered in walking groups.
Weird factor – What’s the weirdest thing about this race?
When running in Skid Row, you literally have tweaked out crack heads walking in the road, and have to dodge them. It’s like the walking dead for half a mile.
Highlights of your race – What did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular?
I loved almost all aspects. The most unique thing about this race was my Garmin didn’t connect to GPS until mile 21. I had to run by feel the entire time and managed to pace myself properly without data cues.
Lessons for others – Share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
- Fun fact, the last 2.5mi is slightly down hill so it makes for an enjoyable finish.
- Come to the stadium verrrrry early, this way you don’t waste energy dodging people.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
Hydration! I got a little comfortable leading up to this and didn’t keep my hydration right, and it crumbled me at mile 20. Never disrespect the marathon!
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
The up hills are loooong and gradual, followed by a short and very steep downhill. Over and over again.
Aesthetics – Is it a pretty course?
Iconic and a bucket list course.
Difficulty – Is it a tough course?
A little rough. 850ft elevation gain. Not horrible but not a smooth ride either.
Organized and well run – Did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
Smooth as glass. There can be big delays getting off the freeway to get to the start, even for the shuttles. Other than that, everything is spot on.
Competition – Is there a strong field?
You got Kenyans flying in to compete, so you know it’s serious.
Logistics – Does it require a special handshake, registration a year in advance, hotels all booked? Give us the low down on the nuts and bolts of making the race happen.
It sells out a few months in advance, but that’s about it.
Aid Stations – Standard fare or anything special to know about the aid stations in terms of what’s available or when?
All as expected.
Weather and typical race conditions
Nice and cool. 2 years in a row it was cool and clear skies.
Gear – Did you need anything special or is there anything you’d recommend for the next runner?
Spectators – Is this a friendly course for your friends?
Very supportive and uplifting.
How’s the Swag?
Nice shirts, and the medals are quality and classy.
The Overall Score – How many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it?
5 out of 5! Given the epicness and all the iconic scenery, this is something everyone has to experience at least once.
Scott Boatwright is a coach with Team RunRun. To learn more about him or to work with Coach Scott, check out his coaching page.