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LA Marathon Returning to Beverly Hills in 2013

Some residents voiced concerns that the event caused too many street closures in the community.

The Beverly Hills City Council agreed at Tuesday's study session to have the Los Angeles Marathon course again run through the city in 2013, despite opposition from some residents because of street closures caused by the race.

Marathon organizers had sought to have the race go through the city for three additional years, but the council agreed only to review the impact following next year's race, Therese Kosterman, the city's public information manager, told City News Service.

The 26-mile, 385-yard marathon course for 2013 enters Beverly Hills at the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Doheny Drive, continues south on Doheny to Burton Way, west when it becomes the south roadway of Santa Monica Boulevard, south on Rodeo Drive, west on Wilshire Boulevard, returning to the south roadway of Santa Monica Boulevard through the city limit.

Beverly Hills, along with Santa Monica and West Hollywood, was added to the marathon route in 2010 as part of the "Stadium to the Sea" course which took the race outside of the Los Angeles city limits for the first time.

In March, then-Beverly Hills Mayor Barry Brucker told City News Service that the marathon would benefit the city "in the form of bringing new visitors to Beverly Hills' businesses, national exposure for the city and community spirit for those who are able to watch the marathon in person or attend the block party on Rodeo Drive."

"However, those benefits must be balanced against the clear inconvenience to residents, churchgoers and businesses whose customers are negatively affected by the road closures," he said.

The marathon has agreements with Santa Monica and West Hollywood for the race to go through those cities next year and with Los Angeles through 2015, according to Howard Sunkin, the race's executive director.

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Tom Pease May 02, 2012 at 01:50 AM
I'm glad we're going forward with it. I think it's a good thing and I enjoyed volunteering and hope to do so next year.
Jenni X May 02, 2012 at 04:57 PM
The City of Beverly Hills spends so much energy belly-aching. Suck it up and quit whining. I real cities all over Europe citizens turn out to enjoy such events. Perhaps BH could follow that lead and revel in being part of a world-class metropolis instead of using this as yet another opportunity to show how 1% it really is.
Barry Brucker May 02, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Having the LA Marathon go through BH is another way to celebrate our wonderful city. Seeing our BHFD Hook and Ladder extended over Rexford and Little SM Blvd with a huge American Flag flying proudly over the street was inspiring. Being with amazing volunteers like Tom Pease and others who worked tirelessly at the water stations and hearing the scores of "thank you" comments from the very appreciative runners was heartwarming. In addition, hats off goes to Howard Sunkin and his LA Marathon team for their professionalism and commitment to detail. The LA Marathon is a great unifying event and a wonderful way to showcase Beverly Hills to the world as we head into our centennial.
Joe m May 15, 2012 at 06:14 AM
One of the best highlights for the participants. I loved it. Thanks Beverly Hills!

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