POOLSIDE COOL-DOWN: The pasta-rich night-before meals are legendary in runners' circles, yes, but what goes on *after* a marathon wraps isn't quite as talked-about (we suspect rest and rehydrate is high on most participants' lists). But Hotel Shangri-La, which is just a pip away from the 2011 LA Marathon finish line on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, is looking to add an option to the after-race activity roster. A pretty great option, too; the swank hotel is going with a Greco-Roman Happy Hour.
DETAILS: The party's on from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20, meaning that early attendees will likely be awaiting their runner friends' arrival at the finish. Grilled Eggplant Rolls and a pita platter are two of the menu items; there will also be a number of cocktails. If you're not looking to imbibe immediately post-race, note the hotel has a night-before dinner, and an early-birder breakfast, which will be heavy on the pancakery. Making marathon weekend the carbiest weekend of the year (and hooray to that).