For people taking part in the Los Angeles Marathon (like our own Will Campbell) this Sunday is a day the’ve been looking forward to for a long time. For many people who aren’t – they are in for a big surprise when they try to drive across town on Sunday. The first two years I lived here I wasn’t aware that the stack of white roadblocks on certain street corners was forwarning that they were about to be shut down for hours some day soon and because of this the first two years I lived here I got stuck in some of the most irritating traffic I’ve ever been in. In fact at one point I lived on a street that was flanked on both ends by the Marathon and I was held captive in my appartment for hours. Not now however, I know the signs to look for and always consult the course map (which I’ve included here for your reference). Basically, unless you are in the Marathon or are going to whatch the Marathon don’t go anywhere near the roads marked with red anytime Sunday, but specifically anytime Sunday morning. Don’t plan to cross them for sure, because it will never happen – at least not until Monday. So: Marathoners – good luck and have fun! Drivers – trust me, memorize that map and have a backup plan.