Marathons in California

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    Shoreline Marathon
    Sun 14th Jul
    Ventura, CA, United States
    $45 - $130
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    Shoreline Marathon

    102 Ventura Promenade, Ventura, CA 93001, USAView event
    About the event

    Make the most your Sunday morning and soak up the ocean views in races from 5k up to a marathon. With plenty of flat miles along the coast (plus a couple of moderate hills), this race is ideal for new and experienced runners alike. Don't miss the finisher's t-shirt, medal, free beer and tacos.

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    $64 - $269
    1 review
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    The San Francisco Marathon

    182 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USAView event
    1 review
    About the event

    Set an early alarm for this bucket list event around SF. Get an all-access pass to the SF sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, and take up the challenge (expect hills - it's SF after all). Come for the finisher's medal and atmosphere of the on-course cheer stations.

    Reviews
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2011

      Great to be able to run over the Golden Gate Bridge!! Good fun but early start.
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    Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
    Sun 11th Aug
    Sanger, CA, United States
    $45 - $130
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    Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

    2630 Croydon Drive, Sanger, CA 93657, USAView event
    About the event

    Enjoy the whoops and cheers of the crowd as you take on 4 laps of this well-known course. Flat as a pancake and on entirely paved roads, this is a good one if you're after a PR. And who can say no to the promise of post-race street tacos?

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    Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
    Sun 10th Nov
    Ventura, CA, United States
    $45 - $130
    4 reviews
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    Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k

    State Beach Access Rd, Ventura, CA 93001, USAView event
    4 reviews
    About the event

    What better way to wrap up the fall running season than with a seaside marathon. This course will appeal to all types of runners, being largely flat and picturesque, with only a few hills to keep you on your toes. Treat yourself to free tacos and beer at the end of the race.

    Reviews
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      It's a good idea to bring your own nutrition. They had water and Gatorade on course but no gels, or snacks.
    • Did the Marathon in 2018

      This course is nice because it is relatively flat, although there are a few minor inclines to test the legs. I ran the marathon and the out and back (x2) format was a little difficult mentally but the cool ocean breeze and the ocean views made for a very nice race.
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      It was pretty much what i was expecting, it was exciting and fun
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    TRI-CITY MEDICAL CENTER CARLSBAD FULL AND HALF MARATHON
    Sun 19th Jan
    Carlsbad, CA, United States
    $40 - $134
    1 review
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    TRI-CITY MEDICAL CENTER CARLSBAD FULL AND HALF MARATHON

    2559 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USAView event
    1 review
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Tri-city Medical Center Carlsbad Full And Half Marathon is taking place in Carlsbad, California on Sunday, January 20, 2019

    The best and most scenic winter marathon & half marathon with the best swag. Miles and miles of breathtaking ocean views and outstanding course support stations and entertainment at every mile. Turn your Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend into a run-cation!

    Reviews
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

      Its my first experience racing here in the west coast, loved it. I plan to run Carlsbad every year now.
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    Sierra Azul Trail Challenge
    Sat 27th Apr
    Los Gatos, CA, United States
    $40 - $95
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    Sierra Azul Trail Challenge

    16845 Hicks Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Run in the shadow of Mt. Umunhum with the deer and a few of your favorite running pals. Set in the Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve, this one of a kind running event provides unique access to gorgeous trails and scenery not commonly viewed. 100% trail/fire road. One of the toughest runs out there, this 50K challenge course has plenty of steep climbs and exposure to make sure you get a fantastic workout. The 50k course covers the entire park. You will not be disappointed.

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    $57 - $98
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    Western Pacific Marathon

    Fremont, CA, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    All races start and finish in the Quarry Lakes. The marathon, half marathon and 10K have large out-and-back sections on the Alameda Creek Trail. The course is mostly gravel/fire trail with a very small portion of pavement at the beginning and end. Hills are nearly non-existent, so bring on the speed!

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    Muir Woods Marathon
    Sat 11th May
    Stinson Beach, CA, United States
    $10 - $70
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    Muir Woods Marathon

    Stinson Beach Parking Lot, Stinson Beach, CA 94970, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Challenging hills, paired with stunning views of both the Stinson Beach coastline and the immense, dramatic trees and landscapes of Muir Woods National Monument, await runners at the Muir Woods Marathon, Half Marathon and 7-Mile run, which marks its 31st annual running but makes just its 8th annual running with the 13.1-mile distance this year.

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    Surfer's Path Marathon
    Sun 19th May
    California, CA, United States
    $95 - $135
    1 review
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    Surfer's Path Marathon

    Monterey Bay, Monterey Bay, California, USAView event
    1 review
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Welcome to the Surfers Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon & Relay events. The crowning jewel of the Golden State, Santa Cruz County welcomes runners with an enchanting blend of nostalgia, natural beauty and invigorating activities. Whether you choose the 26.2 mile Marathon, 13.1 mile Half Marathon or Relay, you will be treated to scenic courses, featuring breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay coastline and a series of world renowned surf breaks. An ideal destination event, participants can experience a quintessential California vacation. Create a memory that you will treasure forever by achieving your athletic goal in this picture postcard setting.

    Reviews
    • Did the event in 2015

      This was a great race. It was my first marathon and everything went really well. There's no big hills, but be prepared for long inclines. Things I liked:
      The start and finish are at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk. You finish on the beach next to the boardwalk. Since the finish was on the beach, my wife and son had something to do while waiting for me, plus the quick dip in the ocean was just the ice bath I needed. You have ocean views through most of the race. There's plenty of affordable hotels in the area. Things that could have been better:
      There was a lack of real food at the aid stations. There was water, Gatorade, and gels. It's a road race but there were a few miles on a dirt trail.
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    $25 - $35
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    Rockin’ the Beach

    5415 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The course follows part of the Long Beach Marathon course along the scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views. The beach restrooms open at sunrise and there are plenty of drinking fountains along the course. There will be a fully stocked aid station at the start area, with Gatorade, water, bananas, chips, cookies, and more.

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    Rock the Coast Marathon, 3/4, Half, 15K, 10K, 5K
    Sun 11th Aug
    $25 - $35
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    Rock the Coast Marathon, 3/4, Half, 15K, 10K, 5K

    5415 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    This course follows part of the Long Beach Marathon course along the scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views. Runners go 3.275 miles on the beach path, then reverse and go back 3.275 miles to the start twice for the half marathon, thrice for the marathon, and four times for the full marathon. For the 15K, runners go out 3.1 miles and back, and then out 1.55 miles and back. For the 10K, runners go out 3.1 miles and back, and for the 5K, runners go out 1.55 miles and back. Beach restrooms open at sunrise. Plenty of drinking fountains along the course.

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    The Santa Rosa Full/Half Marathon & 5K/10K
    Sat 24th Aug
    $135 - $145
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    The Santa Rosa Full/Half Marathon & 5K/10K

    570-598 4th St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Santa Rosa Marathon weekend offers over 6,000 runners from across the U.S. and abroad the opportunity to race through the scenic vineyards of the Sonoma County countryside, the City of Santa Rosa, and the Prince Memorial Greenway. Marathon racers also run through the DeLoach Vineyards barrel room a once in a lifetime opportunity. The flat and FAST course is also U.S. Track and Field-sanctioned and certified, and the Marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

    The Santa Rosa Marathon is a fast road race course, a Boston Marathon qualifier, and a beautiful destination race in Sonoma County, California.

    In 2018 the Santa Rosa Marathon is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will be marking the occasion with special limited-edition double-spinner medals, race swag and a bottle of DeLoach Vineyards wine for every Marathon and Half Marathon finisher.

    Dont miss out on your chance to participate in this rewarding and fun wine country running event!

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    Lexus LaceUp Running Series - Orange County
    Sat 7th Sep
    $20 - $300
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    Lexus LaceUp Running Series - Orange County

    20 Lake Rd, Irvine, CA 92604, USAView event
    About the event

    Throw yourself into the LaceUp Running Series kick-off celebration. Great for all levels of runner, with an additional kids run too. Come for a shot at a half marathon PR (the course has just 220 feet of elevation) or for the free beer and brunch at the finish line.

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    Echo Summit Trail Run Challenge
    Sat 14th Sep
    Twin Bridges, CA, United States
    $40
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    Echo Summit Trail Run Challenge

    19920 US-50, Twin Bridges, CA 95735, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    A bathroom is available for the 50Mi, 50k, and 20 mile runners at Lovers Leap Campground. 50 mile runners will pass through twice. Primarily single track trail, some dirt roads, a little pavement,very runnable sections, technical sections, climbs, downhills, great scenery, views, creeks, and lakes.

    13.1Mi, 10 mile out and back.

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    $30 - $110
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    JetBlue Long Beach Marathon

    Renaissance Hotel, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802, USAView event
    About the event

    This epic seaside marathon takes place on the picturesque Long Beach. Great for runners of all abilities, the course is completely flat and takes you through downtown Long Beach and along the Pacific beach path. Come along the big finisher’s medal and post-race celebrations.

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    Lexus Lace Up Running Series – Ventura
    Sat 19th Oct
    Ventura, CA, United States
    $20 - $110
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    Lexus Lace Up Running Series – Ventura

    Ventura, CA, USAView event
    About the event

    Soak up the scenes and enjoy the downhills of this Boston qualifier marathon. Great for first-time distance runners and experienced racers, this is the perfect course for a new PR. Come for the the cheery afterparty or to tackle your next running goal.

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    $35 - $105
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    Two Cities Marathon & Half

    Yosemite Rd, Fresno, CA 93720, USAView event
    About the event

    Take your pick of a marathon and two half marathons across Fresno and Clovis. Runners of all stripes will enjoy the half marathons, and the pan-flat marathon is ideal for PR chasers. Come for goodies galore (pullover, t-shirt, medal) and enjoy the post-race Michelob Ultra beer garden.

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    $40 - $95
    2 reviews
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    Bakersfield Marathon

    CSUB, Bakersfield, CA 93311, USAView event
    2 reviews
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The 4th Annual Bakersfield Marathon is a USATF-certified full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K taking place on November 17th, 2019.

    This annual, world-class event features the starting line, finish line and celebration on the California State University, Bakersfield campus. Participants will run through dozens of iconic neighborhoods including the Stockdale Financial District, Oleander, Downtown Bakersfield, Westchester, Kern County Museum, La Cresta, Bakersfield College and finally along the striking Panorama Bluffs before returning to the finish line along the scenic Kern River Parkway.

    Reviews
    • Did the Half Marathon in 2018

      Nice, fast course. Air quality was not good but weather conditions were perfect. I would have enjoyed more running on the streets and less running on the bike path.
    • Did the Marathon in 2018

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    California International Marathon
    Sun 8th Dec
    $124 - $275
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    California International Marathon

    Sacramento, CA, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Not yet ready for the full 26.2-mile marathon distance but still want to take part in the CIM fun? Round up some friends and for a team for the CIM Relay! CIM Relay teams can be 2, 3, or 4 runners, and together teams complete the full marathon distance with each runner completing a leg of 5.7-7.3 miles (distances vary on each leg). And who knows . . . this years relay runner may be next years marathon finisher!

    Marathon, Marathon Relay, Capitol 5K and Capital 5K Challenge, UC Davis Children's Hospital maraFUNrun Kid's 5K.

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    Big Sur International Marathon
    Sun 28th Apr
    Monterey County, CA, United States
    16 reviews
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    Big Sur International Marathon

    Highway 1 / Ranger Station, California 93920, USAView event
    16 reviews
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Big International Marathon is a point-to-point course run on scenic CA Highway 1 from Big Sur to Carmel the last Sunday each April. Towering redwoods, crashing waves, coastal mountains and verdant pastures are featured on this bucket list course. The centerpiece of the course is the iconic Bixby Bridge, located at the halfway point of the race, where youll be greeted by a tuxedo-ed musician playing a Yamaha Baby Grand Piano.

    Reviews
    • Did the event in 2018

      Where do I start? I've been lucky to run over 100 road marathons, and Big Sur is the most beautiful and magical! I participated in the Boston to Big Sur in 2014, 2 marathons 6 days apart. I had a tough time after Boston 2013, as I was headed to the finish line on Boylston St. when the bombs went off, so 2014 was still emotional and sad for me. Big Sur was therapeutic and made me enjoy finish lines again, so I had to return and enjoy the mesmerizing location.
      I made my own challenge, 3 marathons in 2 weeks, as I don't participate at Boston anymore. I ran 2 marathons before heading to Ca. I wanted Big Sur to be the final prize, and it didn't disappoint.

      I arrived at Midnight Friday ( 3am EST), but I was so excited and couldn't sleep. I went to the 7am shake-out run with the Treadmill running store, and the Champ Adam Roach. It was so much fun, I just wanted to keep running.
      I then volunteered working at the Expo for 4 hours, meeting wonderful people.Sunday we got up at 3am, to get the 4:00am bus to the start. The energy was amazing and energetic! The weather was perfect! So much support out on the course, and the most beautiful views in the U.S.! Amazing volunteers at the aid stations, drumming, Bixby Bridge and the piano player. I didn't want to get off the course. I mean, what hills? You don't even realize it, since your so distracted by the views and happy energy everywhere.Finish line/Post Party: So much fun! Goodie bag as you cross, then hot soup, beer, massages, and more.EVERYONE who runs need to participate in this epic event! There's a distance for everyone. Oh, I wish I could attend every year. So magicalI highly recommend this race to all! Bring the family and friends. So much to do in the area.
    • Did the event in 2018

      Big Sur offers the marathon it is most known for as well as a 21 miler, marathon relay, 11 miler, 12K and 5k. Entry into the marathon is done by lottery whereas the other events fill up on a first come, first serve basis.
      Communication from the race is just enough- every few weeks with all need to know information. Just before the race, they send out a very detailed participant guide answering any lingering questions runners may have.
      Bib Pickup-
      Bibs were picked up in the Monterey Conference Center. Runners were sent a QR code by email and that plus a picture ID were all that was needed to pick up your bib. When I went on Saturday, there were little to no lines. Then you went and picked up your bus ticket for race morning transportation before heading downstairs to pick up your goodie bag and race shirt. Again, there was no line and all the volunteers were super friendly.
      Expo-
      The expo was mid-sized with a few vendors, largest being the merchandise for the Big Sur Marathon followed by Hoka One One. The race merchandise booth dented my wallet pretty good. There were also numerous large canvases which presented good photo opportunities if you were willing to wait in a short line.
      Race morning-
      As the course is on Highway 1 and they close it to cars, you have to be bussed to the start unless you happen to be staying in Big Sur. My ticket said arrive by 4 and leave by 4:15 but we didn’t even board the buses until after 4:30. Then it’s a drive to the start, if you get car sick, take a Dramamine. Once we arrive and unload, it’s still a bit of a walk to the starting area where we dropped off our gear bags and lined up to start. There were plenty of port-a-potties scattered around.
      The course-
      The marathon route starts at Big Sur Station and winds North along Highway 1 to Carmel. It takes you between the trees and along the ocean. The views are awesome but you will work for them. There are hills throughout this course, the most significant being the one from mile 10 to mile 12. I am weird though and didn’t mind the majority of the hills-Mile 8 and the beast from 10-12 not included- I almost rated the elevation a 3 but realized that most people wouldn't consider 2200 ft of gain a 3.
      Musicians/ DJ’s are sprinkled throughout the course as well giving runners something else to look forward to. Most notable would be the man playing the grand piano just after crossing the Bixby Bridge at mile 13.1.
      There were 11 aid stations along the course with water and Gatorade Endurance. After mile 10, most had fresh fruit as well and 2 stations had Gu’s. Towards the end, one station was offering fresh cut strawberries like BSIM events usually do. Most stations also usually had Vaseline and basic medical supplies if needed. Overall- This race was awesome. Every mile brings you something new to see and the views are amazing. Even on an overcast day like it was for me. Race day wasn’t my day, I ended up contending with some major back pain for the last 10 miles but it was all worth it crossing that finish line. Big Sur is definitely a race for your bucket list and one I will try to do again.
    • Did the event in 2018

      Everything you've ever heard about Big Sur is true. It's absolutely stunning. You'll likely not find views like this anywhere else in the country in a marathon. Picturesque.That said, the course is difficult. Big hills. Long hills. Tall climbs. From mile 9.8 to mile 12.2 you'll go up over 500 feet. The second half of the race is rolling hills that are likely bigger than most people can train on.The race is a lot of fun though. The organizers do a great job of putting entertainment on the course, and the few fans that have access to the course are extremely friendly and supportive. And the strawberry lady at mile 23 has the best tasting strawberries ever.
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    Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon & Relay
    Sun 19th May
    Capitola, CA, United States
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    Surfer’s Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon & Relay

    Capitola Beach Company, 131 Monterey Ave, Capitola, CA 95010, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Welcome to the Surfers Path Marathon, Capitola Half Marathon & Relay events. The crowning jewel of the Golden State, Santa Cruz County welcomes runners with an enchanting blend of nostalgia, natural beauty and invigorating activities. Whether you choose the 26.2 mile Marathon, 13.1 mile Half Marathon or Relay, you will be treated to scenic courses, featuring breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay coastline and a series of world renowned surf breaks. An ideal destination event, participants can experience a quintessential California vacation. Create a memory that you will treasure forever by achieving your athletic goal in this picture postcard setting.

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    Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon San Diego
    Sat 1st Jun
    $52 - $112
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    Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon San Diego

    397 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USAView event
    About the event

    Run through the streets of San Diego for the originial Rock ‘n’ Roll festival in this epic combo of running and music. Great for all runners, the course features live bands, cheer teams and runner support all the way around. Come along for the Rock ‘n’ Roll medals and the post-race parties.

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    Kodiak National Trails Day Run
    Sat 1st Jun
    Big Bear Lake, CA, United States
    $40 - $120
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    Kodiak National Trails Day Run

    Big Bear Lake, CA, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Big Bear National Trails Day is a day to celebrate our local treasure our trails! Kodiak Ultra Marathons is partnering with the Southern California Mountains Foundation to bring you a fun-filled day of running, hiking, and a chance to participate in trail maintenance. If you havent gotten your hands dirty prettying up those switchbacks, smoothing out the ruts, or building a new water diversion now is your chance!

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    Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon
    Sun 8th Mar
    $175
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    Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon

    Dodger Stadium, 1000 Vin Scully Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Over 24,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 63 countries will set out from Dodger Stadium to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the Finish Line in Santa Monica. Participants must be 16 years or older on race day to enter the 2020 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon.

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