The 30th edition of the Asics L.A. Marathon gets under way on Sunday, March 15, when more than 26,000 runners will take to the streets for what is expected to be the city’s hottest race ever — and we aren’t talking about all the fit actors and models in the crowd.
Record temperatures are predicted for the day. In response to the forecasted high of 86 degrees, organizers have moved up the full-field start time to 6:55 a.m., increased the number of water and aid stations along the route and set up cooling buses and misting spots.
Marathon Medical Director Glenn Ault recommended in a statement that runners prepare for the extreme heat by hydrating well and studying the race route to identify the locations of water and aid stations. He also stressed that athletes should dress appropriately: “Wear lightweight, breathable fabrics that will help to keep you cool.”
To pick up the right clothes for the race — and any last-minute necessities like GU packs, knee bands and sunscreen, check out these local stores that cater to the running community:
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A Runner’s Circle
3216 Los Feliz Blvd., Los Angeles
The shop is holding a sale for marathon weekend, offering 15% percent off everything through March 14.
Top to Top
2621 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
The 30-year-old store carries a range of merchandise and is known for its custom shoe-fitting expertise.
1811-A Catalina Ave., Redondo Beach
This beachside retailer stocks gear from top brands such as Asics, Brooks and Nike at its Redondo Beach and Manhattan Beach locations.
5338 E. 2nd St., Long Beach
A staple of the neighborhood for 34 years, this running and walking store also has a shop at 6416 E. Stearns St.
Run With Us
235 N. Lake Ave., Pasadena
Need a warmup before the big race? The store is hosting a group run in Alhambra Park on Saturday, March 14, at 8 a.m.