The Asics LA Marathon holds a very special place in my heart. It was my second marathon and the first marathon I ran alone. I ran this race on St. Patricks day 2012. I was nervous about running from Dodger’s Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier by myself. The first marathon I ran was in Walt Disney World in January just a few weeks before…but at least there I had 9 other friends to encourage one another along the way. This time it was all me. No where to hide. No one to rely on. Just me and the open Los Angeles roads. I am happy to say I not only finished that marathon…I repeated it this year and beat my course time by 10 minutes.
I have to admit. This is probably one of my favorite Southern California races. It always has been. You run past so many Los Angeles landmarks. The neighborhoods you run through have their sidewalks packed and the residence and store owners are there cheering you on. Some even giving you fruit, water, and the coveted chili dog stand. There is so much love on the course. If you have never run this course before it is certainly a race you should add to your list. Every year without fail this is one of the marathons I will repeat again and again.
With this year being the 30th anniversary of the Asics LA Marathon I couldn’t possibly pass up this race. Then I saw something interesting. The marathon was starting an ambassador program. This is something new. Last year they had the help of the awesome Asics Blogger Challenge team (who I have many friends on) to help promote the race. This year they essentially started their own program. Out of so many that applied, I am happy to say that I am one of the very few (the team is very small) that will be representing the Asics LA Marathon as a blogger and ambassador for their 30th anniversary race. When I received the news I wasn’t sure if I wanted to jump for joy or cry. I ambassador and work for a few different brands and organizations…but this one means a lot to me. I call Los Angeles home. I’ve been a So Cal kid my whole life. So being apart of an event so historic and so close to home really makes my heart sing. Anyone that has run this race knows that it has an incredible energy about it. The city literally comes alive. The runners have a sense of pride. The cities you encounter are happy to have us and there to support.
I am happy and honored to be part of this team. Keep it here and on my social pages for news, updates, prizes, rainbows, and maybe even some giveaways. This is going to be an exciting year and you will not want to miss it. If you register, be sure to tell them Linzie Starr or Sharp Endurance sent you! See you on Sunset!