2021 LA Marathon & Big 5K

The 2021 LA Marathon:

  • is the 4th largest marathon in the country with more than 26,000 participants
  • has thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators
  • takes runners on one of the most scenic courses in the world, starting at Dodger Stadium!
  • has been named “Best Big City Race” by Runner’s World
  • will be here before we know it — November 6 & 7, 2021

What Being a “Charity Partner” of the LA Marathon Means

The LA Marathon offers nonprofits a chance to make the best possible use of a world-class sporting event to increase awareness and raise funds for their organization. Voted the Marathon’s “Most Outstanding New Charity” in 2015, Westside German Shepherd Rescue is proud to be participating again in 2021, with the dedicated athletes of “Team Westside” raising funds on behalf of the shelter.

The LA Marathon does not charge additional fees for charity entries, and the charity entry is not subject to price increases. The LA Marathon provides support, guidance and marketing opportunities. Best of all, it does not collect any portion of funds raised — Westside German Shepherd Rescue keeps 100%!

In exchange, WGSR is responsible for establishing its own teams of participants for the Full Marathon and the LA Big 5K. All interested runners should contact  Please show your support by joining our team and by spreading the word about this important fundraising event!

LA Marathon Event Rules

Age Requirement — Full Marathon must be 16 years of age or older on race day. There is no age requirement for LA Big 5K participants.

Race Time Limit — The LA Marathon has a course net time limit of six hours, thirty minutes (6:30:59).  Early starters are NOT allowed. Racers not beginning at the official start will be disqualified.  To receive an official time, results listing, finish line items and other associated amenities, racers must complete the full course in the specified time limit. Walkers may take all the time they want and enjoy the course!

Participant Packet Pick-Up — All participants must show a government-issued photo ID when picking up their own Participant Packet at a location TBD.

Refunds — All entries are non-refundable, non-transferable, and may not be donated or deferred to future years.

Disqualification — You may not give or sell your race day number to anyone else. Doing so could result in your disqualification as well as that of the runner who uses your race number. This year’s event entry fee will NOT transfer to next year’s event. This policy stays in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected business or family emergency, pregnancy, etc. NO exceptions.

Racing Bibs — LA Marathon-issued bib numbers and timing devices must be worn by the participant to whom they are assigned. NO exceptions.

Course Access — No un-official vehicles, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards will be allowed on the course.

Pets — Animals, whether on or off lead, are not allowed on the course.