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By Lookout Staff

March 16, 2017 -- Once again the LA Marathon -- which takes place on Sunday -- will end in Santa Monica, and that means plenty of excitement, big crowds and closed streets.

To help spectators negotiate the street closures and find alternate ways to get near the finish line at California and Ocean avenues, the City is providing maps, schedules and handy tips on its website.

Spectator access will be closed on Ocean Avenue from Washington Avenue to Santa Monica Boulevard both on the street and in that stretch of Palisades Park, event organizers said.

"Any spectator wishing to watch their runner cross the Finish Line will need to station themselves on Ocean Avenue north of Washington Avenue," marathon officials said.

Residents who want to see the race are encouraged to walk, bike or take public transportation to the area since parking on the street and in the public parking structures, which will open at 6 a.m., will be difficult to find.

Street closures will begin between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. and will remain closed until the early afternoon.

The Finish Festival -- featuring the Angel City Brewery Beer Garden, music and other entertainment and giveaways -- will take place on Santa Monica Boulevard between 2nd Street and Ocean Avenue.

To make it easier to get around on race day, the Big Blue Bus will operate a free shuttle around downtown Santa Monica from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. that will end at a single Bus Hub on 11th Street between Olympic Boulevard and Colorado Avenue, where all transit service will be offered on race day. Routes 4 & 9, however, will not be in service.

The City will provide a Bike Valet from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bike Center on 2nd Street at Colorado Avenue and on Ocean Avenue at Tongva Park.

This is the eighth year in a row that the final leg of the 26.2-mile race that has been dubbed “The Stadium to the Sea” ends in the beach city known for its stunning views of the Pacific. The previous 24 LA Marathon races took place exclusively in the City of Los Angeles.

More than 25,000 runners for all 50 states and 63 countries are expected to tackle the course from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica, with thousands more cheering them on along the way to the finish line.

“Santa Monica welcomes athletes as they complete a life-making achievement on Sunday,” said Councilmember Terry O’Day who will hold the finish line tape for wheelchair and hand cycle top finishers.

“We wish runners, spectators, and our residents a safe and fun race day experience.”

This year's title partner is Sketchers Performance.

For official LA Marathon information, visit

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