Los Angeles Marathon Start Time Changed Due to Possible Record Heat
The marathon announced on Wednesday that they would move the start of the race up a full half hour, from 7:25am PST to 6:55am as a result of the anticipated heat in the city this weekend.
Shielded from a higher sun angle, runners may be able to run in temperatures as much as 5º cooler on average over the duration of the race thanks to the earlier start time. Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-60s around 7am, climbing quickly into the 80s by 10am, and likely into the low 90s by noon.
Temperatures are expected to soar to near record levels this weekend in L.A. and across southern California, with highs both days expected to climb into the lower 90s. The region’s famous Santa Ana winds – which draw downsloping, warming (and often gusty) winds from the deserts of far southeastern California and southern Nevada – are responsible for this spurt of warmer than average temperatures this weekend (highs in L.A. this time of year are typically only around 70º).
In addition to moving the start time up, the race is also planning on providing additional cooling buses, increasing medical aid, implementing wave start times and additional water stops.
Race organizers further explained their decision to change times on the marathon’s official website.
Stay safe, runners!
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi