As much as I hated the weather in 2011, this was one of the best events I’ve done. The expo is held at Dodger Stadium so you never feel overcrowded. The course is fantastic as you get to see some key places in LA. There are so many places for your freinds and family to cheer along the course. As for the finish line, a bit decieving as you think you end at the Santa Monica Pier. It’s within walkign distance but certainly not a distance you look forward to treking post-marathon. The pier is a great place for friends/family to hang out while they wait. Getting to the race from a participant perspective was easy. I took the train to Union Station and took the shuttle into Dodger Stadium. I’ll be there again this year and pray for NO RAIN!