Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star Justin Turner and Los Angeles Angels First Baseman Albert Pujols Featured as Honorary Starters for 34th Annual Stadium to the Sea Race for Charitable Causes - LOS ANGELES (March 18, 2019) – The 2019 edition of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon returns Sunday, March 24. Continuing the Marathon’s mission to build stronger communities by providing life-changing programs and services to youth and adults of all ages, race organizer Conqur Endurance Group is thrilled to announce this year’s roster of race week activities for participating athletes and eager spectators waiting along the scenic course.
This year, more than 24,000 registered runners from countries around the world will start the challenging and enriching journey from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier.
“Each year, we aim to continue providing our runners with empowering and memorable experiences that extend beyond the iconic Stadium to the Sea race course,” stated Tracey Russell, Chief Executive of Conqur Endurance Group. “The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is a fixture within the Los Angeles community providing participants of all ages the opportunity to experience a great Los Angeles event while also enabling them to contribute to a host of amazing charitable causes.”
Race Weekend Kickoff Media Event:
Ceremony with Elite Professional Runners and Students Run LA (SRLA) at Griffith Park
On Friday, March 22nd, Conqur Endurance Group will hold a ceremonial Race weekend kickoff event at Griffith Park. Tracey Russell will cut the ceremonial ribbon which will be held on one end by the Elite Runners and on the other end by Los Angeles County students currently participating in the Students Run LA (SRLA) program. SRLA representatives will also receive a commemorative plaque congratulating them on 30 years of forever changing the lives of more than 63,000 Greater Los Angeles area students.
Approximately 3,200 SRLA student runners will take part in the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon again this year, along with their adult leaders.
Attending media will also have an opportunity to learn about the elite field competing for the $100,000 prize purse. The two-time Los Angeles Marathon Champion Weldon Kirui (KEN) will return to defend his title over the Stadium to the Sea course against a deep international field, including 2008 and 2012 Olympian Juan Luis Barrios (Mexico). The women’s professional field is headlined by Taylor Ward, who finished 7th and was the 2nd American at the 2018 Chicago Marathon, and the Bronze Medalist at the 2018 Xterra World Trail Half Marathon Championship. Breakout interview opportunities will be available with each of the attending professional athletes.
Pre-Race Entertainment at the Health & Fitness Expo:
Returning once again with over 120 vendors and a host of world-class brands, the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center will take place on Friday, March 22nd and Saturday, March 23rd. The Health and Fitness Expo is free and open to the public. Hours are 10am – 7pm on Friday and 9am – 5pm on Saturday.
Fun for the Whole Family at the LA BIG 5K:
The 2019 LA BIG 5K and LA 1/2K Kids Run at Dodger Stadium will kick-off the final leg of the running season on Saturday, March 23rd, where an expected 4500 athletes will take part in the family-focused race through Elysian Park and finishing at the iconic Dodger Stadium.
Few spots remain for the LA 1/2K Kids Run, a quarter mile run for kids between the recommended ages of 3-8. Participating children will receive a race bib, T-shirt, medal (made from rubber to be kids’ safe) and goody bag provided by Big 5. Entry fee in the LA 1/2K Kids Run is $15 and walk-up registration is available on Saturday morning until the race reaches capacity.
For this first time in the 34-year marathon race history, the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon will welcome two honorary race starters. Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star third baseman Justin Turner will be joined by Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols at the start line at Dodger Stadium. Serving as honorary starters and race ambassadors, Turner and Pujols will sound the horn and send the 24,000 registered participants in this year’s Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon on their 26.2-mile journey to the finish line in Santa Monica.
For more information about the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon and race weekend activities, please visit www.lamarathon.com and follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @lamarathon for more updates. Tune into the live stream of the race at KTLA.com and LAMarathon.com.
About Conqur Endurance Group
Conqur Endurance Group, a subsidiary of McCourt LP, creates world-class experiences that ignite passion in athletes and connect communities through the transformative power of sport. The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is among the largest marathons in the country with 24,000 participants, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators. The “Stadium to the Sea” course, starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing near the Santa Monica Pier, is one of the most scenic in the world, taking runners on a tour of Los Angeles past every major landmark. In addition to the marquee event, Conqur Endurance Group produces the Pasadena Half Marathon & 5K at the Rose Bowl, the Santa Monica Classic 5K/10K and the LA BIG 5K. Conqur also owns and operates one of the largest marathon training programs in the U.S., the LA Road Runners. Through official charity programs and strategic partnerships, Conqur supports dozens of nonprofit partners; the most notable being Students Run LA, one of the foremost nonprofit youth running programs in the nation. For more information, please visit www.goconqur.com.