Marathon bus detours

The Los Angeles Marathon has a new route again this year — this time running from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica via downtown L.A., Hollywood and Beverly Hills. It’s a nice course. Previous versions of the race seemed to go out of their way to feature the ghastly nature of some of the region’s commercial boulevards.

With the race cutting a big swath across town, many Metro bus routes face detours throughout the day Sunday. Click here for a full list on Metro’s website.

Those who want to view the race may want to consider traveling to downtown Los Angeles or Hollywood on Metro Rail. Parking is expected to be very tight in Santa Monica. If you want to watch the finish of the race, here’s my advice: ride your bike to Santa Monica or park somewhere along the coast well south of Santa Monica and ride there on the Marvin Braude bikeway.

Race organizers and the city of Santa Monica are offering free bike valet parking. Details are after the jump.

Free Bike Valets for Race day in Santa Monica

Take your bike to the big finish of the Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss! We’re partnering with the City of Santa Monica’s Bike Valet to bring you free bicycle parking on race day at two convenient locations. If you’re meeting a friend or family member after the race or just want to check out the excitement biking to the finish helps you avoid traffic, parking fees and is good for the environment!

Ocean and Arizona Bike Valet
Hours: 7AM – 5PM
To access: approach via 2nd Street or Arizona Avenue

Finish Line Festival Beach Party Bike Valet
Hours: 7AM – 5PM
To access: approach from the north or south Bike Path