The fourth annual Allstate Life Insurance Los Angeles 13.1 Marathon and 5K will take place along a scenic course between Venice and Playa del Rey Sunday, Jan. 13.
The half marathon is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. at the corner of Ocean Front Walk and Rose Avenue in Venice, following a coastal route through Venice, Marina del Rey and Playa del Rey and finishing near Dockweiler State Beach. The 5K will kick off at 7:15 a.m., starting and ending at Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey.
At the race finish, live music, food and refreshments will be available, along with the Michelob Ultra Beer Garden at Del Rey Lagoon park, 6660 Esplanade Place in Playa del Rey.
As part of the event, the nonprofit organization Give Your Sole will be collecting donated shoes from runners to benefit the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, which provides various homeless services. Runners who donate their shoes on race day will receive a free pair of flip-flops to wear home.
A number of personalities are expected to participate in the event, including actor E.J. Scott and his girlfriend Deborah Ann Woll of HBO’s “True Blood.” Scott, who was born with the condition, Choroideremia, which has slowly deteriorated all but 15 percent of his eyesight, plans to run blindfolded in the half marathon alongside Woll.
To raise awareness for his disability, Scott has dedicated himself to running one marathon each month for an entire year, completely blindfolded, in an effort to raise $100,000 for Choroideremia research. He will receive the Visionary Award from U.S. Road Sports at the event, which recognizes an athlete with the vision and foresight to change sport, in a positive way, through innovative thinking and constructive actions both within competition and in life.
Also running in the race is an elite group of athletes, competing under the name “Team Knockout.” Leading the group is world-class boxer Victor Ortiz, who hopes to run in the race as part of his recovery from a broken jaw suffered in his last fight.
Another group participating is “Team Reality,” led by Alex Boylan, winner of “The Amazing Race 2.” Team members include Parvati Shallow, winner of “Survivor” in 2008, Jeff Schroeder of “Big Brother,” and Brennan Swain, who won “The Amazing Race” with friend, Rob Frisbee.
Another charity partner in addition to Give Your Sole is World Vision, which works to transform communities through child sponsorship.
The Los Angeles area event kicks off the 13.1 Marathon Series that is planned to make stops this year in cities like Miami, New York, Chicago, Boston and Dallas.