If you're preparing to run the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, Feb. 14, then you know that the descriptive "Stadium to the Sea" tagline isn't just there for oomph: Participants really shall wend over 26 miles from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica Pier.
It's one thing to imagine taking that general course by automobile, and to even drive most or all of it, over an exploratory day, just to get a sense of the route; it is another to see it from the viewpoint of a runner, with the empty streets and early morning hours and all.
That's just what the LA Marathon has provided its participants via a new video that tracks the entire course in time-lapse fashion.
Let us not just restrict the video's pleasures to participants alone; those who have no plans on joining the Valentine's Day event will also get a sense of what it is like to cross a great swath of the city in one of the world's great marathons.
The stylish video, which the marathon shared on its social media on Monday, Jan. 18, travels pretty much straight through, from Elysian Park to the Pacific Ocean, with each tenth of a mile ticked off. There are some slo-mo effects here and there, to up the drama, and landmarks and cities along the way get a shout-out. (Hello, Disney Hall, and you, too, Beverly Hills.)
A rocking soundtrack lends much forward motion to the 6:40-long video, along with the time-lapse.
While it can't replicate the actual physical experience of putting sneakers to pavement for 26.2 miles, the video does give a peek at what the runners see, the hills and dips, and the general excitement of the big morning.
Running? Not running? Watch now...