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Marathon Crowds to Descend on Santa Monica Sunday
By Lookout Staff
To help residents negotiate the street closures and find alternate routes around the throngs of runners and spectators the City is providing maps, schedules and handy tips on its website.
"Taking public transit or riding your bike on the day of the marathon is a great way to help reduce traffic."
Starting at 9 p.m. Saturday eastbound San Vicente Boulevard and parts of Ocean Avenue along the race route will close, with most other downtown street closures taking place at 3 a.m.
No vehicles will be allowed to cross the boulevard during the closure.
Ocean Avenue between Montana Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic.
Ocean Avenue will also be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic from San Vicente to Moomat Ahiko Way near the Pier.
No vehicles will be allowed to enter Ocean Avenue from the westbound direction for the duration of the closure, which begins at midnight.
"All streets, alleys, and driveways that intersect any portion of the race course will be closed to all traffic," officials said.
"For those buildings directly abutting the race only pedestrian access along the sidewalk will be allowed.
"Side streets and alleys will remain open for vehicle access to garages and/or pedestrian access to alternate building entrances, if available. On-street parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on side streets."
Ocean Avenue between Washington Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard will remain closed until 9 p.m., officials said.
The previous 24 LA Marathon races took place exclusively in the City of Los Angeles.
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