Marathon Causes Changes in Plans, Complaints

One resident calls it a nightmare, while Mayor Duran says it's good for the city's brand.

The street closures for Sunday's Los Angeles Marathon will promp changes in everything from church schedules to brunch plans, along with plenty of complaining.

West Hollywood resident Alberto Romano wrote on his Facebook page that "I feel like (I'm) in a jail" on marathon day.

"Just because some guys want to run, why don't (they) do it in a park and let other people live without the nightmare of not going anywhere," Romano wrote.

Said West Hollywood Mayor John J. Duran: "People in Greater Los Angeles complain about everything. There are more people I think that understand that we live in a world-class city like Paris, London and Beijing and as such, we have world class events that happen through the course of the year. It's more a reason to celebrate than to feel one is inconvenienced."

A leading complaint among West Hollywood residents on marathon day is being unable to get to brunch, Duran said.

"Brunch happens a little later in the day," Duran said.

West Hollywood's inclusion on the marathon course helps remind people that the Sunset Strip, where several other events are held throughout the year, is in the city "and that's good for our brand," Duran said.

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Robb March 18, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I totally agree with Duran. Events like this make our area exciting and vibrant and helps drive income into the city.
Paul March 18, 2012 at 06:02 PM
West Hollywood is vibrant regardless to whether the marathon runs threw or not. It's not like gay pride or anything like that. Duran says what he feels he needs to in order to make himself look good!
me March 18, 2012 at 06:20 PM
its ONCE a year folks.....you can't deal ONCE a year???.....c'mon, we used to be called "the creative city".....so get creative!!!.....that thing in yur kitchen?.....it's a STOVE.....make yur own damn brunch!!! :-)
David March 18, 2012 at 06:24 PM
The only inconvenience I have since I no longer have a car and I'm a cripple is that the #217 bus is not running along Hollywood Blvd.Other than that I can put up with not using the bus for a day.
Rudolf Martin March 18, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I'm with Duran (and most people) on this one. It's a small inconvenience for a big event just like the Halloween Parade. It comes with living in a small city that is surrounded by a big city.
Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move March 18, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Having been a marathoner and competitive triathlete for a number of years, it is really a joy to celebrate the thousands of people who make the commitment runners and non-runners to support this awesome event. Congratulations!
Riley March 18, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Run, you little runners! Run! And do it once for me! But what is Duran's obsession with 1.9 square miles being "World-Class?"
George Reese March 19, 2012 at 04:02 AM
People are going to complain about everything regardless. West Hollywood is an exciting place to live and millions of people would kill to be able to live here. Those who complain can move to a remote area of the world where no one will bother them. The marathon is over by 10am isn't it? Most people aren't even up on a Sunday at that hour.
Manny March 19, 2012 at 03:37 PM
indeed, "world class like Paris" schpeel is getting old.
Geoffrey Buck March 19, 2012 at 05:34 PM
As one of the runners in yesterday's marathon it was wonderful to run the marathon and come into our very own West Hollywood. I hope this course will continue in the future.
MarkD March 22, 2012 at 05:14 PM
It's a shame that Weho Patch keeps promoting this story with that lame tagline that leads with "one citizen complains." Really? One citizen? That's enough to get me the spotlight? But I guess it drives traffic to the site.
Manny March 22, 2012 at 06:26 PM
.....and the "complaint" was from a Facebook post.


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