Councilmember O'Farrell Advises Residents of Street Closures, Alternate Routes for LA Marathon

LA Marathon

LOS ANGELES -- Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell urged his constituents to be aware of a major event scheduled to take place this weekend that will force the closure of Sunset and Hollywood Boulevards, and many nearby north-south arteries.

The 26.2-mile Skechers Performance LA Marathon will trek along a similar route to previous years, going from downtown’s Dodger Stadium to the Pacific coast. The race begins on Sunday, March 18 at 6:30 a.m for Wheelchairs, 6:32 a.m. for Handcranks, 6:42 a.m. for Elite Women’s field, and 7:00 a.m. for all other participants.

Various streets along the marathon route will be closed by 3:00 a.m. on March 18, then  reopen as early as 10:15 a.m., depending on the location. Streets will reopen by region because of the size and complexity of the event route. The LA Marathon route will be posted on the LADOT's Traffic Info website.

The following CD13 streets will be closed between the hours of 4 a.m. until approximately 12 p.m.:

  • Alvarado Street, from Glendale Blvd to Temple St.
  • Griffith Park Blvd, from Effie St to Sunset Blvd.
  • Santa Monica Blvd, from Sunset Blvd to Hoover St/Myra Ave.
  • Fountain Ave., from Myra Ave to Virgil Ave.
  • Hillhurst Ave, from Franklin Ave to Hollywood Blvd.
  • Vermont Ave, from Franklin Ave to Sunset Blvd.
  • Normandie Ave, from Franklin Ave. to Sunset Blvd.
  • Western Ave., from Franklin Ave to Sunset Blvd
  • Wilton Pl., from Franklin Ave to Sunset Blvd
  • Gower St., from Franklin Ave to Sunset Blvd
  • Vine St., from Franklin Ave to Sunset Blvd
  • Cahuenga Blvd., from Franklin Ave to Sunset Blvd
  • Highland Ave., from Franklin Ave to Sunset Blvd
  • La Brea Ave., from Hollywood Blvd  to DeLongpre Ave

LADOT will begin to strictly enforce a restricted, no-parking policy for the marathon.  Vehicles will be towed to the Official Police Garage (OPG) servicing those respective areas, at the request of the Department of Transportation.

Motorists are advised to call (213) 485-4184 and select option 2 or check the OPG website at to locate and redeem vehicles.

Three other municipalities — West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica — will likely institute additional street closures. Detailed course maps and event information are available on the internet at or Additional questions can be posed to the Skechers Performance LA Marathon office at (213) 542-3000. Media representatives can contact Gita Amar at

Area residents who use public transit may experience some delays. For more information call Metro at (323) GO METRO (466-3876) or visit the agency’s trip planner web site at: