Where a spectator decides to perch alongside the route of a major marathon says as much about the marathon's extracurricular activities as the person who wants to come out to watch the pavement-poundary.
Let us also add "easy to get there and park" to the spectating stew, too. And if the spectator has a participating pal, there needs to be the pre-agreement as to where the spectator will be, so the runner can be on the lookout.
Decisions, and so forth. Good to know that the ASICS LA Marathon, which wends through a large swath of the city on Sunday, March 15, is untangling some of these just-wanna-watch issues for the non-runners out there. Check out the extensive course entertainment listings, which details mile-by-mile, and neighborhood-by-neighborhood, what bands and DJs shall be a-rockin', a-singin', a-spinnin', and their respective genres.
Cheer Alley will once again raise the pom-poms high at Mile 18, so if you're a chant, whoop-whoop, shout-it-loud kind of marathon booster, head for the spot where the marathon wends out of Beverly Hills.
You might hear it in advance: Over 600 cheerleaders from around Southern California will be in extreme encouragement mode. Who says a spectator can't bask in some of that vocal optimism?
And Mile 21 will be the colorful province of The Hirshberg Foundation's Purple People Cheer Station, which is raising awareness about pancreatic cancer.
As for the distinctive areas the Stadium-to-the-Sea happening rolls through? Echo Park, Sunset Strip, and Century City are all represented, and marathon organizers have the rundown of what runners and spectators will see. Angelenos, you surely know your Silver Lake from your Santa Monica, but a little tourist-style brushing-up, before your tour-by-tennies, is a fine idea.
It's also a smart way for spectators to choose their spot. And once that spot is chosen, there are parking spots to consider, or, perhaps where Metro stops. Just don't forget the posterboard with your friend's name on it, written large, in sparkly markers.