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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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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