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Overall Rating (66 Reviews)
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(66 Ratings)(66 Reviews)
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Over 24,000 athletes from all 50 states and more than 67 countries will set out from Dodger Stadium to accomplish a personal dream by reaching the Finish Line in Santa Monica. The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon has a maximum net race day finish time of six hours and 30 … MORE
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    justin.godinez FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race was tough. It was my first time running any marathon. The event was well organized. The shuttles to the starting line were greatly appreciated. MORE

    This race was tough. It was my first time running any marathon. The event was well organized. The shuttles to the starting line were greatly appreciated.

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    sczuprynski92 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The course has some hills that are challenging especially around mile 5 in little Tokyo. You get hit with a steep hill that is very rough! You get to see … MORE

    The course has some hills that are challenging especially around mile 5 in little Tokyo. You get hit with a steep hill that is very rough! You get to see all the best LA spots without the traffic which is nice. It’s basically a LA tour on foot. Finishing at Santa Monica is gorgeous! Would run again

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    aidanw7 FIRST-TIMER '19

    The only negative about the race would be the pot holes all over the streets of LA which can be a distraction to running a faster race. Other than that … MORE

    The only negative about the race would be the pot holes all over the streets of LA which can be a distraction to running a faster race. Other than that the production of the race was well executed and you get to run on the streets that you would usually drive on. The crowd was great and cheering all race long. They also did a good job on security which is important especially when you have this much gathering of people.

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    edwardsaiz88 FIRST-TIMER '19

    LA Marathon does it right - The course highlights are incredible, from starting at Dodger Stadium, through downtown LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica finish - it is an … MORE

    LA Marathon does it right – The course highlights are incredible, from starting at Dodger Stadium, through downtown LA, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica finish – it is an awesome course!
    I took the shuttle from Santa Monica which smooth, they could add more portapotties, but what race couldn’t have more? Start was a bit hectic, but probably as organized as could be with 24,000 runners participating.
    One of the highlights had to be the crowd support and aid stations. All throughout the race, it felt as if the entire LA community came out to support, and was instrumental in me finishing the last 10k. There is more than enough aide throughout the course; I only had to carry a few extra gels but hydration was taken care of.
    The first early hills are not bad as they come early in the race (miles 3-6), but what really hurt me was after mile 20, the long gradual uphill parallel to the 405 freeway slowed my pace down drastically. However, with some better training and hill work, you should be able to have enough strength to take advantage of the long 2 mile downhill towards Santa Monica and the finish.
    Medal was HUGE! I’ll definitely run this one again! It was a great experience exceptionally ran by the volunteers and directors.

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    willgatewood67 Apr 04, 2019 at 10:55am

    Thanks for the review edwardssaiz88. I am definitely looking forward to the 2020 L.A. Marathon being my first marathon & scratching it off my bucket list. I've already signed up… MORE

    Thanks for the review edwardssaiz88. I am definitely looking forward to the 2020 L.A. Marathon being my first marathon & scratching it off my bucket list. I've already signed up for the Conquer L.A. Challenge kicking off with the Santa Monica Classic 10k in September. LESS

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    edwardsaiz88 Apr 04, 2019 at 11:10am

    Hey Will, That's awesome! Glad to hear it'll be your first as well! LA is a special city for me as all my family originates from there, so it added… MORE

    Hey Will, That's awesome! Glad to hear it'll be your first as well! LA is a special city for me as all my family originates from there, so it added to the experience being my first. Best of luck to you; maybe i'll see you on the course next year! LESS

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    oceangate316 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Almost everything went off without a hitch. transportation from Santa Monica to Dodgers stadium was fast, Snacks were set up by the time I arrrived to start line (420ish AM) … MORE

    Almost everything went off without a hitch. transportation from Santa Monica to Dodgers stadium was fast, Snacks were set up by the time I arrrived to start line (420ish AM) 2 things before start couldve been better. More port a potties (lines were ridiculous once more) and Open corral was a nightmare. there was a fence separating corral from general open area, which somehow became part of the open corral as well, so everyone who line up to the left of the fence, ended up at the very back of OC. Course itself was once again fantastic. Aid stations and volunteers were plentiful, crowds were once again energetic. At mile 23, they did kind of spill onto the course so It was kind of tough to zig zag around everyone. Appreciate the love, but it did get alittle hectic there. Hills in the first 5 or 6 miles are not too bad. The ones that seem to get everyone are down on Santa Monica Blvd. Mile 22-26 is the best part of the course as its all downhill so you can make up some time, you feel the ocean breeze (even though you cannot see it yet) and you know you are literally just around the corner from the finish line. Medals were beautiful as was this whole experience. Will def be back next year to try and PB once more.

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    mikeyseymour FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was an exceptional race in so many ways. The organization was first rate. I received a good amount of emails ahead of time (not too many, not too few). … MORE

    This was an exceptional race in so many ways. The organization was first rate. I received a good amount of emails ahead of time (not too many, not too few). I felt prepared for all the logistics I needed. Race pickup was a piece of cake. No line, got my bib in less than 1 minute. The expo was good sized with lots to look at. The race itself was first rate. Dodger Stadium is a great place to start. Runners have access to the stadium so you can use the bathroom, stretch, etc. It wasn’t windy or rainy that day, but it would have been a nice reprieve from the elements if needed. Having Randy Newman’s “I Love LA!” blaring on the speakers was a great way to get me amped up to run. The start is a little congested at first, even with the wave start, but not too bad. I was running my pace within about 1/3 of a mile. There is a steep downhill to get out of the stadium parking lot, and a steep uphill around mile 4, but for the most part, the course is not hilly. Definitely more downs than ups. Perhaps one of the best parts of the race is the course itself. You see so many LA highlights. The race runs through Chinatown, Thai Town, Little Armenia, and you see tons of various Latino influences, and some Korean and Japanese influences as well. I loved that diverse aspect of the race. You run by some of the iconic images as well, City Hall, Disney Concert Hall, Echo Park, the Sunset Strip, Hollywood, Pantages Theater, Beverly Hills (including Rodeo Drive), with the icing on the cake being the finish at the beach. Once you finish, you continue along Ocean Ave. in Santa Monica and get your medal (I have 14 marathon medals so far and this one is by far the coolest!), space blanket, and lots of fuel. I had a couple bananas, some chocolate milk and passed on a lot of other food as well. Tons of good options to replenish. Most of the fans are waiting a few blocks after the finish. That is probably the only thing I would change about the race. There weren’t very many fans the last mile of the race since they were almost all gathered after the finish line. My family that met me there said that is where police were asking them to stay. The police also shut down cell service so make sure you have a location planned out ahead of time to meet your supporters. This is my second big race (I’ve done NYC) and 12 other mid to small races. This one ranks at the top for being first rate all the way around. If you want an authentic Los Angeles experience, the LA Marathon is an excellent pick.

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    cassidymegan3 Mar 26, 2019 at 9:37am

    When you refer to "fans" are you talking about spectators or fans to cool off the runners? (Fans to cool off the runners would be awesome in some of the… MORE

    When you refer to "fans" are you talking about spectators or fans to cool off the runners? (Fans to cool off the runners would be awesome in some of the races that I've run.) LESS

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    mikeyseymour Mar 26, 2019 at 10:40am

    The spectators were mostly congregated after the finish line. I didn't see any mechanical fans on the course, though there were a few people with hoses spraying water. It wasn't… MORE

    The spectators were mostly congregated after the finish line. I didn't see any mechanical fans on the course, though there were a few people with hoses spraying water. It wasn't overly hot that day though. LESS

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    cassidymegan3 Mar 26, 2019 at 11:56am

    I love when people spray us with hoses. ☺ Thanks for responding so soon. I have never seen mechanical fans on a course, either (unless they have the mist thing… MORE

    I love when people spray us with hoses. ☺ Thanks for responding so soon. I have never seen mechanical fans on a course, either (unless they have the mist thing attached) so I thought, "What does LA know that we don't?" ☺ Great job on your marathon and excellent review. LESS

     
    RickSawThat REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Another great LA Marathon that ends in amazing Santa Monica. Great course was the same as the past 3 years. Excellent staff, supporters and volunteers. I will do it again … MORE

    Another great LA Marathon that ends in amazing Santa Monica. Great course was the same as the past 3 years. Excellent staff, supporters and volunteers. I will do it again in 2020! My 4th in a row for this race.

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    RickSawThat REPEAT RUNNER '17

    The race went off without a hitch - Lucked into great weather after a rather wet SoCal winter. Same course as last year. Not my best finish but I had … MORE

    The race went off without a hitch – Lucked into great weather after a rather wet SoCal winter. Same course as last year. Not my best finish but I had a great time and met great people. Thanks to the support staff, organizers and volunteers. I will be in it again next year!

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    ksbh_ailinger REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is a deceptively challenging course; the elevation map lures you into thinking it is primarily downhill, but there are plenty of long slow climbs that are fairly brutal. Really … MORE

    This is a deceptively challenging course; the elevation map lures you into thinking it is primarily downhill, but there are plenty of long slow climbs that are fairly brutal. Really great course support, really enthusiastic crowds along the way, and really unique scenery make it a fun course — it’s basically a sightseeing tour of LA. Not sure why, but the course seems to be a quarter mile longer than it should be. Maybe just GPS/elevation induced errors, but I carefully started and stopped my watch (Garmin) on the start and finish pads and it reads 26.46 miles. All during the race the mile markers were consistently 0.25 miles beyond where my watch was indicating the mile transitions. Everyone I’ve talked to had the same problem — Garmin, Fitbit, whatever. That sort of thing can mess with your head late in the race, so just beware.

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    Ali6184 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The Aid Stations were awesome. The volunteers were very helpful. The race could be improved with more variations in the course route. The course was excellent. MORE

    The Aid Stations were awesome. The volunteers were very helpful. The race could be improved with more variations in the course route. The course was excellent.

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    RickSawThat REPEAT RUNNER '18

    A true running tour of LA - from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Some hills in the first 5 miles and then rolling hills from that point on. A classic … MORE

    A true running tour of LA – from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. Some hills in the first 5 miles and then rolling hills from that point on. A classic that can’t be missed in my opinion. I live in the area weather this time of year can vary greatly from heat wave to hard rain – be prepared for whatever the weather is that year.

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    kalinarun FIRST-TIMER '18

    It was a cool course. Got to see the famous and beautiful sites of Los Angeles. Definitely not a flat course. A few challenging hills. Well organized and great support. … MORE

    It was a cool course. Got to see the famous and beautiful sites of Los Angeles. Definitely not a flat course. A few challenging hills. Well organized and great support. Wonderful volunteers out there too.

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    lzgn.saldana4 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This race in my bucket list for a while and finally I had the courage to do it. I couldn't be happier. Running through the streets of my own city … MORE

    This race in my bucket list for a while and finally I had the courage to do it. I couldn’t be happier. Running through the streets of my own city was awesome, the aid stations were amazing and all the entertainment along the race was so overwhelming.

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    cdmauger FIRST-TIMER '16

    The Stadium to the Sea course is amazing, starting at Dodger Stadium and ending at the Santa Monica Pier, and passing by many major L.A. landmarks. The course is tough … MORE

    The Stadium to the Sea course is amazing, starting at Dodger Stadium and ending at the Santa Monica Pier, and passing by many major L.A. landmarks. The course is tough at the beginning, but flattens out and even ends on a gradual downhill. Since being taken over by the Conqur Endurance Group, the overall production, support, and perks are top of the line for sure. I participated in 2016, part of the Olympic Trials weekend so getting to watch that race was an added bonus. Definitely a bucket list race.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 30, 2018 at 12:30pm

    Agree on all counts Chris, this is one of the few races I hope to keep coming back to run. And maybe we'll see you out there again in 2019… MORE

    Agree on all counts Chris, this is one of the few races I hope to keep coming back to run. And maybe we'll see you out there again in 2019 — thanks for the helpful review! LESS

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    bbkins52185 FIRST-TIMER '18

    So much fun to run in my back yard. The crowd support makes this race what it is. So touching to see so many individuals and families out cheering on … MORE

    So much fun to run in my back yard. The crowd support makes this race what it is. So touching to see so many individuals and families out cheering on runners not just organizations. Great variety of foods people hand out; I snagged a bag of jelly beans near the end. Some people had freeze pops but they were at the other side of the road and I didn’t want to stop. Maybe the most smoothly run race I’ve ever done. I really appreciate the seeded corrals and that they were actually monitoring people’s qualification bibs; made for SUCH a smooth start. Will definitely do again!

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 30, 2018 at 1:09pm

    So true Ashley, I've been amazed at the spectator support the past two years I've run (2016 and 2018). And I'd add to your list of snacks the girl scout cookies… MORE

    So true Ashley, I've been amazed at the spectator support the past two years I've run (2016 and 2018). And I'd add to your list of snacks the girl scout cookies being handed out in the later miles. :) Thanks for the enthusiastic review, and hope to see you out there next year! LESS

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    fwinkler REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The race course and scenery is among the best. The Start Line chaos is a mess and one of the worst I have experienced and it is this way every … MORE

    The race course and scenery is among the best. The Start Line chaos is a mess and one of the worst I have experienced and it is this way every year. Every year, trying to get out of Santa Monica is a nightmare because of the one-way traffic and congestion. This year the Family Reunion area at the Finish Line was not organized by first letter of last name. Holy crap! Trying to meet the family was an absolute nightmare. Come on! You can do better.

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    kennbw FIRST-TIMER '18

    Before I give my full review, the thing that stood out most about this race was the amount of support of spectators along the course, handing out extra water, fruit, … MORE

    Before I give my full review, the thing that stood out most about this race was the amount of support of spectators along the course, handing out extra water, fruit, candy, and just general cheering on the runners. This was truly special and made my injury plagued run more fathomable.

    This was my first marathon and I picked it based on a suggestion by our RaceRaves leader Mike. Living in MD there are obviously closer marathons but due to life things, I needed one in March timeframe and this seemed like the best one and did not disappoint. I’ll skip over the fact that I was injured a few weeks before the marathon and did not get to compete at my training pace but I’m ok with that. The weather was perfect for running a marathon. Couldn’t have worked out better, after hearing about some of the years prior.
    -The location was excellent. Was very cool to hang out at Dodger stadium at the start and relax (even though I’m a Nats fan). I think they needed more portapotties. Lines before the race were very long. But overall the race starting point was very good and easy to get to.
    -the course i found medium. MAKE SURE YOU TRAIN ON HILLS. A couple of early steep hills (mile 4 going up to Disney Hall which is a beautiful building), but after that, a nice course. Knowing there were all these sites along the way, made it fun as a tourist to run through. I wish they had signs at some of the landmarks so it forces you to take in your surroundings more. Would have been nice to have a sign that says look up, there is the Hollywood sign. Tons of water stops along the way on the course. That was very helpful.
    -the finish area was my only slight disappointment. They don’t have spectators for the last couple of blocks. Not a big deal since I did get to see my wife several times along the way and before the finish. It could have been that i was tired, but it felt like a long walk to get a bottle of water after running the 26 miles. The snacks they provided were good. But don’t stop to rest. they rush you out of the finish area. There is no good meeting area for family afterwards. Would have been nice to have some alphabet letters to try to meet up. Since its just a big crowd of 20,000 people trying to find each other. TAKE ADVANTAGE of the free massage tent afterwards. Worth waiting in the long line. I wasn’t looking that hard but i couldn’t find any food trucks, not that i was that hungry. but a slice of pizza would have been good.
    -Extras. The medals were great. ( I ran the Big5K the day before with my wife, so i ended up with 3 medals for the weekend). Marathon medal was large and heavy. The Sketchers clothing that you could purchase at the expo or after the race, were colorful. Picked up a few things to remember my 1st marathon.

    I would definitely recommend this race to everyone. It was my first marathon so i have nothing to compare it to, but I’m really glad I participated. Even though my injury and ultimately my legs didn’t allow me to finish in my planned time, I still had a good time.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 28, 2018 at 5:08pm

    First and foremost, CONGRATS on your first marathon finish, Ken! Hopefully you're still feeling a bit of the euphoria of an amazing accomplishment. And YES, if I could choose a… MORE

    First and foremost, CONGRATS on your first marathon finish, Ken! Hopefully you're still feeling a bit of the euphoria of an amazing accomplishment. And YES, if I could choose a medal for my first marathon, LA would be near the top of the list. Sorry to hear injuries got in the way of a perfect day, but glad you were able to soak in the city and enjoy the journey anyway — you definitely have the right attitude for the marathon distance. Congrats too on earning the marathon + 5K medal, that's a good-looking piece of hardware and I'll have to consider that for next year. Hope you heal quickly and decide to give the marathon another go... and we're always happy to suggest top-notch events anywhere in the country. Keep running strong, and thanks for the awesome review! LESS

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    M_Sohaskey REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I’ve lived in Southern California for 5 years, and 2018 was my third time running the LA Marathon. I’d recommend my 2016 review and blog post for more details, but … MORE

    I’ve lived in Southern California for 5 years, and 2018 was my third time running the LA Marathon. I’d recommend my 2016 review and blog post for more details, but the TL;DR version is: I’ve run Boston, Chicago, Houston and New York City, and from both a scenery and production perspective, Los Angeles is as good an urban marathon as I’ve run in the US.

    If you’re a marathoner (or would-be marathoner) who lives outside SoCal, I’d love to convince you to give my hometown race a chance. The Stadium-to-the-Sea course is among the most scenic urban routes in the country, starting at Dodger Stadium with the playing of Randy Newman’s “I Love LA” and culminating in Santa Monica just steps from the Pacific Ocean. Along the way you’ll see the City of Angels in a way that few of its residents ever do, with your foot tour including the Golden Dragon Gateway of Chinatown, City Hall, Little Tokyo, Hollywood Blvd and the Stars Walk of Fame, Sunset Blvd with its hillside view of the Hollywood sign and iconic nightclubs like the Whisky-A-Go-Go, plus Beverly Hills and Rodeo Drive, to name a few of the route’s many sightseeing opportunities. It’s an inspiring course that will happily distract you from the fact that 26.2 miles is a long way to run. If you’re in it for the scenery, LA won’t disappoint.

    Not only is the Stadium-to-the-Sea course one of the best in the nation, but the Conqur Endurance Group’s hefty, classic-looking medals are consistently among my favorite. If you’re in it for the bling, LA won’t disappoint.

    On a normal day, Ocean Ave in Santa Monica is tourist central with a small footprint and a lot of foot traffic, so you can imagine what it’s like on race day. With that in mind, the post-race festival is held in a parking lot just off Ocean Ave and isn’t much to write home about. But there were a few food trucks along with the Angel City Brewery beer garden offering one free beer to runners. Plus, the Skechers Performance tent was a cool opportunity to get some great gear/apparel — much of it created specifically for the LAM — at 50% off retail (and I happily took advantage). All the while you’re a short walk from the beach, the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Ocean.

    LA weather on race day tends to be on the warmer side, but this year was perfect: clear skies and starting temps in the high 40s, rising only into the mid-50s with a comforting sun by the time I reached the finish in Santa Monica. In other words, a perfect day to run a marathon.

    One other notable that sets LA apart from other marathons: the course profile. With a few rolling (but manageable) hills in the first half and a 2.7-mile downhill to the finish, this is the ideal course to negative split. In fact, in 31 marathons I’ve run only two negative splits, and both happened in LA (2016, 2018). There are few more feel-good accomplishments as a runner than finishing a marathon faster than you started it. And doing so enabled me to hit my “A” goal of 3:39:59 and improve my corral seeding at the upcoming Comrades Marathon in June.

    So do yourself a favor: set aside any preconceived notions of LA and give its marathon a shot — you’ll be glad you did. Hope to see you at the Stadium or the sea in 2019!

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    mikebeckwith Mar 27, 2018 at 8:43am

    Great rave, Mike. Now I want to do this one even more.

    Great rave, Mike. Now I want to do this one even more.

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    M_Sohaskey Mar 27, 2018 at 4:35pm

    Thanks Mike, you've always got a room (and a host) in Marina del Rey!

    Thanks Mike, you've always got a room (and a host) in Marina del Rey!

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    mikebeckwith Mar 27, 2018 at 5:29pm

    Awesome!!

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    Katheej58 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was a great scenic race. A lot to look at so you don’t get bored. I wish I would have known more about the hills. There are a lot … MORE

    This was a great scenic race. A lot to look at so you don’t get bored. I wish I would have known more about the hills. There are a lot of hills and they are big compared to what I am used to. The race was run very well. The water and food stations were everywhere and there was plenty of pre race food as well. This is one of my favorite races and I will be doing it in 2018. I will be training hills and lots of them. If you haven’t done this race it is a must do.

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This was my third attempt at LA. I am officially done with this course. There were major issues at the shuttles to the start line. Took about an hour to … MORE

    This was my third attempt at LA. I am officially done with this course.

    There were major issues at the shuttles to the start line. Took about an hour to get near the front. They were trying to do a security check through everyone’s bags/fuel vests. When they finally realized it was taking too long they started handing out red bands (that meant they had checked your bag) to everyone and told them to go the front of the line. Runners were then running to the buses in an almost panicked fashion. Very very stressful right before the race. I hope they fix it before next year.

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