If you are new to California and you want to meet real L.A. peeps and runners, check out the L.A. Leggers. You meet some great people from all walks of life and they are definitely there to motivate and guide you through your marathon training. No matter if you are a 12 minute pace or a 7 minute pace, there is a pace group for you. Also, the Leggers have awesome speakers that come out from time to time giving sound and valuable advise to new and experienced runners.
While running in L.A. Marathons 2,3 and 4, it became apparent to me that many of those taking part were alarmingly under-trained. If you're walking at mile 7, chances are you're risking injury and should not be on the course. I was aware of the statistics: the Los Angeles Marathon has more first timer runners then any other large city marathon and has a high "non finisher" rate. I suggested to News Director Bob Sims that we, at KNX, really get involved. The proposal was to do something for the community, sponsor a training program for those with little or no running experience but with a desire to run the L.A. Marathon. Learn more at http://www.laleggers.org