March 9, 2014 was the 29th running of the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon (www.LAMarathon.com). Your favorite EMT contributor was invited by ASICS to run the race and experience all that ASICS, LA and the LA Marathon had to offer. Buckle up, this review is going to be fast and furious, unlike my finish time.
If you registered early, is was a whopping $150 per person. That's also at a savings of $10. I looked around and wasn't sure what the final entry price was. Here in Kansas that's a regular price entry for an Olympic distance triathlon and the Kansas City Marathon would be $130 at packet pickup. Now, Kansas events may have 200 to 10,000 people. The LA Marathon topped out at 26,000. That's a lot of people and a lot of logistics to cover. Not to mention, it probably costs a little more to shut down LA than Kansas City. Just saying. LA is a destination race, so you get what you pay for.
The expo was pretty huge and almost overwhelming. We strolled around and checked out many booths after the streamlined bib, shirt and gear pickup. I even found affordable sunglasses to replace the ones I left in my car in airport parking in Kansas City.