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The LA Marathon (formerly the City of Los Angeles Marathon) is an annual running event held each spring in Los Angeles, California. The 26.219 mile (42.195 km) footrace, inspired by the success of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, has been contested every year since 1986. The 31st edition of the marathon took place on February 14, 2016. The marathon is currently sponsored by Skechers, and thus its official title is the Skechers Performance LA Marathon.

Skechers Performance LA Marathon
Date March/February
Location Los Angeles, California
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Established 1986
Course records Men: 2:06:35 Markos Geneti (2011); Women: 2:25:10 Lidiya Grigoryeva (2006)
Official site http://www.lamarathon.com

Over the course of its 31-year history, the LA Marathon has become one of the largest marathons in the country with more than 25,000 participants, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators.

The historic race, which has seen unprecedented growth since introducing the iconic “Stadium to Sea” course, draws runners from all over the world to take a tour of Los Angeles running past every major landmark. The "Stadium to the Sea" route was not the original route: the original route ended at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and a route around the turn of the millennium both started and ended in Downtown Los Angeles. The current route starts at Dodger Stadium (Frank McCourt, the current owner of the Marathon, once owned the Los Angeles Dodgers) and ends in Santa Monica.

In 2014, the ASICS LA Marathon charity program continued its tremendous growth as 91 participating charities combined to raise a cumulative total $3.7 million.

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Students Run LAEdit

In 1987, six students at East Los AngelesBoyle Heights High School enrolled in a marathon training program offered by teacher Harry Shabazian. On March 4, 1990, two dozen teachers from around the city joined the three co-founders, with students from their respective schools, and together, they all ran in the Los Angeles Marathon V. In 1993, Students Run LA spun off from LAUSD and became an independent 501(c)(3) organization. [1] SRLA continues to provide its after-school mentoring and training program to all students for free.

Today, more than 3,200 middle and high school students train alongside 500 volunteer leaders.[2] These leaders provide “on-the-run” mentoring, showing (not telling) students how to set goals, gain confidence, and develop life-long healthy habits by training for the LA Marathon. After joining the elite group of marathon finishers, SRLA students know they can do anything!

Running success translates into the classroom. In June 2015, 99% of SRLA seniors graduated high school, and 95% of them plan to attend college. Since 1989, more than 57,000 students have been served by SRLA. The growth of the program has only increased its success. Each year:

  • More than 95% of the students who start the marathon, finish the full 42.195-kilometre (26.219 mi) course
  • More than 95% of the seniors who run the marathon graduate from high school
  • More than 90% of SRLA graduating seniors have plans to attend college

Inspired by the success of SRLA, a pilot project was begun with the Montreal Marathon and Students on the run (Étudiants dans la course) was created with the first objective to complete the September 2010 Montreal Marathon. There were 19 students to begin with and 12 completed the 2010 event. The program continues with a new group and a new objective, complete the 2011 event.[3]

Top finishersEdit

 
Romanian athlete Nuța Olaru at the 2009 edition

Ages of top finishers in the Masters category are given in parentheses.

Key:   Course record

Year
Category Men Women
2017 Results March 19, 2017[4]
Open   Elisha Barno 2:11:53   Hellen Jepkurgat 2:34:24
Masters   Peter Lawrence (45) 2:38:05   Gina Johnson (43) 3:10:27
Wheelchair   Tom Davis 1:06:52   Jenna Rollman 1:43:14
2016 Results February 14, 2016
Open   Weldon Kirui 2:13:06   Nataliya Lehonkova 2:30:40
Masters   Brett Bernacchi (43) 2:40:07   Rebecca Trachsel (41) 3:05:29
Wheelchair   Owen Daniels 1:21:27   Jenna Rollman 1:53:44
2015 Results March 15, 2015
Open   Daniel Limo 2:10:36   Ogla Kimaiyo 2:34:10
Masters   Oswaldo Hurtado (41) 2:34:03   Victoria Russell (43) 2:50:03
Wheelchair   Scott Parson 1:37:12   Shirley Reilly 2:00:27
2014 Results March 9, 2014
Open   Gebo Burka 2:10:37   Amane Gobena 2:27:37
Masters   Ricardo Ramirez (41) 2:38:20   Dolores Valencia (49) 2:57:58
Wheelchair   Joshua George 1:33:11   Susannah Scaroni 1:54:54 [5]
2013 Results March 17, 2013
Open   Erick Mose 2:09:43   Aleksandra Duliba 2:25:39 [6]
Masters   Abderrahmane Djemadi (42) 2:37:07   Deena Kastor (40) 2:32:39
Wheelchair   Krige Schabort 1:30:50   Susannah Scaroni 1:54:39
2012 Results March 18, 2012
Open   Simon Njoroge 2:12:12   Fatuma Sado 2:25:39 [7]
Masters   Nicholas Bowden (40) 2:38:26   Tetyana Mezentseva (40) 2:31:20
Wheelchair   Krige Schabort 1:39:53   Shirley Reilly 1:57:09
2011 Results March 20, 2011
Open   Markos Geneti 2:06:35   Buzunesh Deba 2:26:34
Masters   Juan Jose Ortiz Jauregui (44) 2:44:10   Svetlana Ponomarenko (41) 2:38:56
Wheelchair   Krige Schabort 1:33:15   Shirley Reilly 1:57:25
2010 Results March 21, 2010
Open   Wesley Korir 2:09:19   Edna Kiplagat 2:25:38
Masters   Juan Ramirez (41) 2:39:35   Linda Somers-Smith (48) 2:36:33
Wheelchair   Krige Schabort 1:31:51   Amanda McGrory 1:53:12
2009 Results May 25, 2009
Open   Wesley Korir 2:08:24   Tatyana Petrova 2:25:59
Masters   Martin Rindahl (45) 2:43:17   Carista Strickland (47) 3:14:45
Wheelchair   Aaron Gordian 1:31:19   Amanda McGrory 1:48:13
2008 Results March 2, 2008
Open   Laban Moiben 2:13:50   Tatyana Aryasova 2:29:09
Masters   Fermin Sequen (40) 2:34:34   Tatiana Titova (42) 2:51:32
Wheelchair   Saul Mendoza 1:31:12   Cheri Blauwet 1:53:35
2007 Results March 4, 2007
Open   Fred Mogaka 2:17:14   Ramilya Burangulova 2:37:54
Masters   Yoshihisa Hosaka (58) 2:49:06   Ramilya Burangulova (45) 2:37:54
Wheelchair   Kurt Fearnley 1:23:40   Shelly Woods 1:50:55
2006 Results March 19, 2006
Open   Benson Cherono 2:08:40   Lidiya Grigoryeva 2:25:10
Masters   Jose Ortiz Pina (43) 2:33:23   Lyudmyla Pushkina (40) 2:41:15
Wheelchair   Ernst Van Dyk 1:24:48   Shirley Reilly 1:55:23
2005 Results March 6, 2005
Open   Mark Saina 2:09:35   Lyubov Denisova 2:26:11
Masters Ezequiel Hernandez (41) 2:45:01   Tatyana Pozdnyakova (50) 2:31:05
Wheelchair   Kurt Fearnley 1:30:11   Cheri Blauwet 1:51:45
2004 Results March 7, 2004
Open   David Kirui 2:13:41   Tatyana Pozdnyakova 2:30:17
Masters   Reynaldo Ramirez (40) 2:35:38   Tatyana Pozdnyakova (49) 2:30:17
Wheelchair   Joel Jeannot 1:27:08   Cheri Blauwet 1:54:02
2003 Results March 2, 2003
Open   Mark Yatich 2:09:52   Tatyana Pozdnyakova 2:29:40
Masters   Robert Leonardo (40) 2:40:46   Tatyana Pozdnyakova (48) 2:29:40
Wheelchair   Saúl Mendoza 1:27:07   Cheri Blauwet 1:50:06
2002 Results March 3, 2002
Open   Steven Ndungu 2:10:27   Lyubov Denisova 2:28:49
Masters   Jose Díaz (46) 2:41:07   Tatyana Pozdnyakova (47) 2:30:26
Wheelchair   Ernst Van Dyk 1:28:44   Ariadne Hernandez 1:55:01
2001 Results March 4, 2001
Open   Steven Ndungu 2:13:13   Elana Paramonova 2:35:58
Masters   Raymond Baradas (41) 2:38:43   Teresa Boches-Saban (44) 3:05:20
Wheelchair   Saúl Mendoza 1:32:50   Ariadne Hernandez 2:04:30
2000 Results March 5, 2000
Open   Benson Mutiisya Mbithi 2:11:55   Jane Salumäe 2:33:33
Masters   Marco Ortíz (50) 2:27:33   Judy Maguire (41) 2:58:21
Wheelchair   Saúl Mendoza 1:42:33   Jean Driscoll 2:12:17
1999 Results March 14, 1999
Open   Simon Bor 2:09:25   Irina Bogachova 2:30:32
Masters   Federico Yax 2:32:19   Judy Maguire 2:54:12
Wheelchair   Saúl Mendoza 1:28:43   Deanna Sodoma 2:03:44
1998 Results March 29, 1998
Open   Zebedayo Bayo 2:11:21   Lornah Kiplagat 2:33:58
Masters   Peter Rischl 2:31:53   Candy Clark 3:08:56
Wheelchair   Saúl Mendoza 1:29:57   Kazu Hatanaka 1:56:55
1997 Results March 2, 1997
Open   El-Maati Chaham 2:14:16   Lornah Kiplagat 2:33:50
Masters   Yoshio Ishizuka 2:36:14   Philomena Chandra 3:03:10
Wheelchair   Saúl Mendoza 1:37:27   Louise Sauvage 1:49:22
1996 Results March 3, 1996
Open   Jose Luis Molina 2:13:23   Lyubov Klochko 2:30:30
Masters   Hugo Juárez 2:33:26   Lorraine Gersitz 3:11:50
Wheelchair   Heinz Frei 1:27:10   Jean Driscoll 1:46:09
1995 Results March 5, 1995
Open   Rolando Vera 2:11:39   1 Nadia Prasad 2:29:48
Masters   John Bednarksi 2:36:40   Alfreda Iglehart 3:13:29
Wheelchair   Paul Wiggins 1:36:06   Jean Driscoll 1:52:51
1994 Results March 6, 1994
Open   Paul Pilkington 2:12:13   Olga Appell 2:28:12
Masters   Gregg Horner 2:34:20   Emma Scaunich 2:37:05
Wheelchair   Phillipe Couprie and   Paul Wiggins[8] 1:34:52   Connie Hansen 1:48:58
1993 Results March 7, 1993
Open   Joselido Rocha 2:14:28   Lyubov Klochko 2:39:48
Masters   Dennis Bock 2:36:32   Candy Dodge 3:03:10
Wheelchair   Jan Mattern 1:32:15   Connie Hansen 1:51:26
1992 Results March 1, 1992
Open   John Treacy 2:12:29   Madina Biktagirova 2:26:23
Masters   Manuel García Pérez 2:25:35   Sandra Marshall 3:02:47
Wheelchair   Jim Knaub 1:40:53   Connie Hansen 1:56:17
1991 Results March 3, 1991
Open   Mark Plaatjes 2:10:29   Cathy O'Brien 2:29:38
Masters   John Campbell (42) 2:14:33   Priscilla Webb 2:40:20
Wheelchair   Jim Knaub 1:40:43   Connie Hansen 1:57:11
1990 Results March 4, 1990
Open   Pedro Ortíz 2:11:54   Julie Isphording 2:32:25
Masters   John Campbell (41) 2:20:15   Graziela Striuli 3:26:48
Wheelchair   Moustapha Badid 1:45:40   Ann Cody-Morris 2:03:49
1989 Results March 5, 1989
Open   Art Boileau 2:13:01   Zoya Ivanova 2:34:42
Masters   John Campbell (40) 2:17:51   Carol Mather 3:02:57
Wheelchair   Jim Knaub 1:46:52   Candace Cable-Brookes 2:07:03
1988 Results March 6, 1988
Open   Martín Mondragón 2:10:19   Blanca Jaime 2:36:11
Masters   Bob Schlau 2:19:27   Harolene Walters 2:54:18
Wheelchair   Bob Molinatti 1:56:35   Candace Cable-Brookes 2:19:38
1987 Results March 1, 1987
Open   Art Boileau 2:13:08   Nancy Ditz 2:35:24
Masters   Victor Mora García 2:19:44   Barbara Fituze 2:47:21
Wheelchair   Ted Vance 1:54:06   Candace Cable-Brookes 2:05:45
1986 Results March 9, 1986
Open   Ric Sayre 2:12:59   Nancy Ditz 2:36:27
Masters   Kjell-Erik Ståhl 2:19:20   Harolene Walters 2:57:26
Wheelchair   Bob Molinatti 2:16:36   Candace Cable-Brookes 2:23:10

Note 1: From New Caledonia, a territory of France.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ SRLA History http://srla.org/about-us/our-history/
  2. ^ SRLA History http://srla.org/about-us/our-history/
  3. ^ Cyberpresse:Étudiants dans la course http://www.cyberpresse.ca/actualites/regional/personnalites-la-presse/201009/13/01-4315147-etudiants-dans-la-course.php
  4. ^ Chavarría, Fanny (March 19, 2017). "Dos atletas de Kenia ganan el Maratón de Los Ángeles 2017" [Two Kenyan athletes win the 2017 Los Angeles Marathon] (in Spanish). Los Angeles: Univisión. Retrieved August 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Mar 17 Newswire: Aleksandra Duliba wins the 2013 L.A. Marathon". www.latimes.com. 9 March 2014. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Mar 17 Newswire: Aleksandra Duliba wins the 2013 L.A. Marathon". www.runinfinity.com. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  7. ^ Holmes, Baxter (March 18, 2012). "Fatuma Sado wins women's L.A. Marathon, Simon Njoroge wins men's". Los Angeles Times. 
  8. ^ Springer, Steve (7 March 1994). "A Team, to the End". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 

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