Photographers capture Los Angeles Marathon spotlights shining across the skyline

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Panorama of the spotlight event by photographer Kurt Lawson. (Kurt Lawson)

Panorama of the spotlight event by photographer Kurt Lawson. (Kurt Lawson)

On March 13, the Los Angeles sky was emblazoned with a trail of upward-facing spotlights, marking every mile of Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon, stretching 26 miles from Echo Park to Santa Monica. The installation, celebrating the event’s 30th running, and sponsored and designed by shoe company ASICS, used 124 spotlights, totaling more than 7.5 million lumens.

Rendering of the light show (Asics)

Rendering of the light show (Asics)

Photos of the light show has appeared all over social media. Our favorite of all comes from Santa Monica photographer Kurt Lawson, who took the shot from the top of the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook in Culver City. He stitched together 31 images “with a lot of overlap” to create a panorama of the event including all 26 light beams.

The photo, which got over 62,000 views on Flickr in about 24 hours looks similar to a rendering of the event released before it happened (above), but the addition of clouds creates a lively row of dots marking every mile. “You could really make out the trail in the sky,” said Lawson. “I got lucky. The clouds were moving quite fast, but I just squeaked it by.”

Take a look at a few other views below:

The LA Marathon beams lighting up the LA night sky. #weloveLA #LAmarathon #LAlights #LosAngeles #LA

A photo posted by Collective Lifestyle (@collectivelifestyle) on

#LALights #LAmarathon #DTLA #Asics #ABC7Eyewitness #LAMarathon2015 #losangeles #downtownla #photography

A photo posted by Melissa Arredondo (@khataan_imagery) on

Marking miles in my life. #LAMarathon Thommycho.com

A photo posted by Thomas (@thommycho) on

LA Marathon Spotlights

A photo posted by Hunter Kerhart (@hunterkerhart) on

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