More than three decades have passed since the Los Angeles Marathon made its debut in the aftermath of the 1984 Summer Olympics.
That first race drew 10,000 runners amid talk of rivaling the likes of Boston, New York and Berlin.
Though L.A. hasn’t reached that level — and might never — it seems to be carving a niche for itself on the running scene.
On Sunday, the “Stadium to Sea” course is expected to attract more than 24,000 entrants with an elite field that includes three previous men’s winners and the women’s defending champion.
“Not every runner can win the Olympic gold,” said Amby Burfoot, a former Boston Marathon winner and senior writer for “Runner’s...