From left to right: Phillip Beidelman, Kyrsten Beidelman, and Charlotte Beidelman.
On March 15th more than 26,000 runners participated in the annual running of the LA Marathon. WTC’s President and Vice President, Phillip and Charlotte Beidelman, said the race was challenging and the course was beautiful, starting in Dodger Stadium and ending in Santa Monica, close to the beach. Called the “Stadium to Sea” course, over 1,000,000 spectators lined the course as the runners wound their way throught downtown LA, over to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, past Sunset Strip, Into Beverly Hills and onto Rodeo Drive, up VA/Purple Heart Hill, down to Ocean Avenue/Palisades Park, finishing in Santa Monica.
The inaugural Los Angeles Marathon was in 1986, born from the excitement of the successful 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles. This first LA Marathon had more than 10,000 entrants, making it the largest inaugural marathon in the world. Los Angelians have embraced this event, showing a strong presence along the route, yelling and cheering the runners on, many times by name since the runners name is printed on their front bib. Music, dancing, and other entertainment keep the runners going.