Experience LA has some good Marathon viewing and traveling tips via the MTA (for their email newsletter):
March 6, 2005 marks the 20th anniversary of the Los Angeles Marathon. Over the years, the route has changed within the City of Los Angeles; this years’ course blends the best of the old and the new. The race will pass through Leimert Park–the historic heart of the African-American community, as well as Little Ethiopia, Koreatown, Hancock Park to end up back up Downtown at 5th and Flower. There will be numerous concerts happening along the route, each representing the current ethnic make-up of the given neighborhood.
Thousands of runners, bicyclists and spectators will attend and Metro Rail can take you to all the best vantage points.
ïBegin your journey at the starting line at 5th and Figueroa streets downtown, near the 7th Street/Metro Center station.
ï Once the runners are on their way, board the Metro Blue Line, exit at either the Pico or Grand stations and walk to Figueroa Street to cheer as the race continues south.
ï Go back to 7th/Metro and take the Red Line to catch the final leg of the race as it winds around to Olympic Boulevard and Western Avenue, not far from the Wilshire/ Western Station.
ï Return on Metro Rail to 7th/Metro in time to see the winners cross the finish line at 5th and Flower streets.