Los Angeles Marathon

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Los Angeles Marathon
DateFebruary/March
LocationLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon, 26.2 mi (42.2 km)
Established1986 (38 years ago) (1986)
(current era)
Course recordsMen: 2:06:35
Markos Geneti (2011)
Women: 2:25:10
Lidiya Grigoryeva (2006)
Official sitelamarathon.com
Traversing Olympic Blvd. in 2009

The Los Angeles Marathon (formerly known as the City of Los Angeles Marathon) is an annual running event typically held each spring in Los Angeles, California, since 1986. The marathon was inspired by the success of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games hosted in Los Angeles, and 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.

Since 2020, the event has been sponsored by Asics and is officially titled the Los Angeles Marathon presented by ASICS.

History[edit]

Benjamin Limo at the start of the marathon in 2009

Municipal Games era[edit]

In 1970, a race of length 25 miles (40 km) was held in Los Angeles.[1]

In 1971, the race was lengthened to the distance of a standard marathon, and known as the "Griffith Park Marathon".[1] It was held at the same time as the Municipal Games.[1]

The 1972 race was known as the "Municipal Games Marathon", while races from 1973 to 1977 were known as the "Los Angeles Marathon",[a] and the 1978 edition was known as the "Los Angeles Police Marathon".[1][4]

The Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) has no record of any races in this series after 1978.[1]

Los Angeles Lite era[edit]

The inaugural race in 1981, known as the "Jordache Los Angeles Pro-Am Marathon", was run with two sections, a professional section with 100,000 USD in prize money, and an amateur section.[1][5]

Both the 1982 and 1983 races were known as the "Los Angeles Lite Marathon".[1]

In 1983, runners were misdirected, but the course was changed to ensure that finishers ran at least a marathon.[1][6][b]

ARRS has no record of any races in this series after 1983.[1]

Current era[edit]

The inaugural marathon of the current series was first held in 1986.[1]

In 1997, Nadezhda Ilyina crossed the finish line first, but was disqualified for cutting the course through a service station.[1][7][c] The victory went to Ilyina's friend and first-time marathoner Lornah Kiplagat.[1][7]

Since 2008, the operating rights to the Los Angeles Marathon are the property of former Los Angeles Dodgers owner, Frank McCourt.[10]

The race date for 2009 was moved to Memorial Day, May 25, because the city council wished "to limit the impact on Sunday morning church services".[11] After runner criticism due to the increased probability of warmer weather, the race date was moved back to March for the 2010 race.[11]

The 2016 edition was held on February 14 to coincide with the U.S. Olympic Trials for the marathon held in Los Angeles the day before.[11]

The 34th edition of the marathon took place on March 24, 2019.[12]

Despite Los Angeles County having issued a state of emergency four days prior due to the coronavirus pandemic and criticism from other public officials including councilman Mike Bonin,[13] mayor Eric Garcetti allowed the 2020 marathon to continue as scheduled on March 8, 2020.[14]

The 2021 edition of the race was postponed to November 7 due to the coronavirus, pandemic, with all registrants given the option of running the race virtually or transferring their entry to 2022, 2023, or 2024.[15][11]

Course[edit]

External image
image icon Course map of full marathon in 2020[16]
Romanian Nuța Olaru in 2009

The original route in 1986 started at Exposition Park and ended at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

The route around the turn of the millennium both started and ended in Downtown Los Angeles.

From 2007 to 2008, it started south of Universal City and ended in Downtown Los Angeles.[d]

The iconic "Stadium to Sea" route started at Dodger Stadium[e] and ended in Santa Monica.

The course was changed in the middle of 2020 to end at Avenue of the Stars in Century City due to "dramatically increased costs quoted by the city of Santa Monica" to continue hosting the finish there.[11]

Community impact[edit]

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

Students Run LA[edit]

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.[18] 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, from 185 school and community programs, train alongside 550 volunteer leaders.[18]

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.[19]

Legacy Runners[edit]

Each year, the marathon honors Legacy Runners, runners who have finished every Los Angeles Marathon since its inception in 1986. Each Legacy Runner receives a special bib with a permanent bib number.

As of 2020, there were 114 Legacy Runners.[20]

Television coverage[edit]

From 1986 to 2001 KCOP-TV televised the Los Angeles Marathon, in 2002, KCAL-TV, from 2003 to 2007, KNBC and from 2008 to present, KTLA.

Since 2017, the event has been carried nationally on WGN America except in Los Angeles.

Top finishers[edit]

Winners Weldon Kirui and Nataliya Lehonkova with Mayor Garcetti, 2016
Simon Njoroge winning in 2012
Fatuma Sado winning in 2012

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

Key:   Course record

Year
Category Men Women
2023 Results March 19, 2023[21]
Open Ethiopia Jemal Yimer 2:13:15 Kenya Stacy Ndiwa 2:31:02
Wheelchair Colombia Francisco Sanclemente 1:43:55 United States Hannah Babalola 2:50:35
2022 Results March 20, 2022[22]
Open Kenya John Korir 2:09:08 Kenya Delvine Meringor 2:25:04
Wheelchair United States Tyler Byers 1:49:17 United States Corey Petersen 3:23:32
2021 Results November 7, 2021[23]
Open Kenya John Korir 2:12:48 United Kingdom Natasha Cockram 2:33:17
Wheelchair United States Cesar Gonzalez 2:08:26 United States Mary Thompson 4:25:01
2020 Results March 8, 2020[24][25]
Open Ethiopia Bayelign Teshager 2:08:26 Kenya Margaret Muriuki 2:29:27
Masters United States Carlos Lopez (42) 2:37:49 United States Madeleine Sargent (42) 2:48:17
Wheelchair Spain Rafael Botello Jimenez 1:44:37 Brazil Vanessa Christina de Souza 1:59:55
2019 Results March 24, 2019[26]
Open Kenya Elisha Barno 2:11:45 Ethiopia Askale Marachi 2:24:11
Masters United States Jesse Williams (41) 2:36:54 United States Ingrid Walters (47) 2:48:03
Wheelchair Canada Joshua Cassidy[26] 1:31:48 United States Katrina Gerhard[26] 1:56:23
2018 Results March 18, 2018[27]
Open Kenya Weldon Kirui 2:11:47 Ethiopia Sule Gedo 2:33:50
Masters United States Carlos Larios (45) 2:34:18 United States Ingrid Walters (46) 2:55:28
Wheelchair United States Krige Schabort[27] 1:35:40 United States Michelle Wheeler[27] 2:16:36
2017 Results March 19, 2017[28]
Open Kenya Elisha Barno 2:11:53 Kenya Hellen Jepkurgat 2:34:24
Masters United States Peter Lawrence (45) 2:38:05 United States Gina Johnson (43) 3:10:27
Wheelchair United States Tom Davis 1:06:52 United States Jenna Rollman 1:43:14
2016 Results February 14, 2016
Open Kenya Weldon Kirui 2:13:06 Ukraine Nataliya Lehonkova 2:30:40
Masters United States Brett Bernacchi (43) 2:40:07 United States Rebecca Trachsel (41) 3:05:29
Wheelchair United States Owen Daniels 1:21:27 United States Jenna Rollman 1:53:44
2015 Results March 15, 2015
Open Kenya Daniel Limo 2:10:36 Kenya Ogla Kimaiyo 2:34:10
Masters United States Oswaldo Hurtado (41) 2:34:03 United States Victoria Russell (43) 2:50:03
Wheelchair United States Scott Parson 1:37:12 United States Shirley Reilly 2:00:27
2014 Results March 9, 2014
Open Ethiopia Gebo Burka 2:10:37 Ethiopia Amane Gobena 2:27:37
Masters United States Ricardo Ramirez (41) 2:38:20 United States Dolores Valencia (49) 2:57:58
Wheelchair United States Joshua George 1:33:11 United States Susannah Scaroni 1:54:54 [29]
2013 Results March 17, 2013
Open Kenya Erick Mose 2:09:43 Belarus Aleksandra Duliba 2:25:39 [30]
Masters France Abderrahmane Djemadi (42) 2:37:07 United States Deena Kastor (40) 2:32:39
Wheelchair United States Krige Schabort 1:30:50 United States Susannah Scaroni 1:54:39
2012 Results March 18, 2012
Open Kenya Simon Njoroge 2:12:12 Ethiopia Fatuma Sado 2:25:39 [31]
Masters United States Nicholas Bowden (40) 2:38:26 Ukraine Tetyana Mezentseva (40) 2:31:20
Wheelchair United States Krige Schabort 1:39:53 United States Shirley Reilly 1:57:09
2011 Results March 20, 2011
Open Ethiopia Markos Geneti 2:06:35 Ethiopia Buzunesh Deba 2:26:34
Masters Mexico Juan Jose Ortiz Jauregui (44) 2:44:10 Russia Svetlana Ponomarenko (41) 2:38:56
Wheelchair South Africa Krige Schabort 1:33:15 United States Shirley Reilly 1:57:25
2010 Results March 21, 2010
Open Kenya Wesley Korir 2:09:19 Kenya Edna Kiplagat 2:25:38
Masters United States Juan Ramirez (41) 2:39:35 United States Linda Somers-Smith (48) 2:36:33
Wheelchair South Africa Krige Schabort 1:31:51 United States Amanda McGrory 1:53:12
2009 Results May 25, 2009
Open Kenya Wesley Korir 2:08:24 Russia Tatyana Petrova 2:25:59
Masters United States Martin Rindahl (45) 2:43:17 United States Carista Strickland (47) 3:14:45
Wheelchair Mexico Aaron Gordian 1:31:19 United States Amanda McGrory 1:48:13
2008 Results March 2, 2008
Open Kenya Laban Moiben 2:13:50 Russia Tatyana Aryasova 2:29:09
Masters Guatemala Fermin Sequen (40) 2:34:34 Russia Tatiana Titova (42) 2:51:32
Wheelchair United States Saul Mendoza 1:31:12 United States Cheri Blauwet 1:53:35
2007 Results March 4, 2007
Open Kenya Fred Mogaka 2:17:14 Russia Ramilya Burangulova 2:37:54
Masters Japan Yoshihisa Hosaka (58) 2:49:06 Russia Ramilya Burangulova (45) 2:37:54
Wheelchair Australia Kurt Fearnley 1:23:40 United Kingdom Shelly Woods 1:50:55
2006 Results March 19, 2006
Open Kenya Benson Cherono 2:08:40 Russia Lidiya Grigoryeva 2:25:10
Masters United States Jose Ortiz Pina (43) 2:33:23 Ukraine Lyudmyla Pushkina (40) 2:41:15
Wheelchair South Africa Ernst Van Dyk 1:24:48 United States Shirley Reilly 1:55:23
2005 Results March 6, 2005
Open Kenya Mark Saina 2:09:35 Russia Lyubov Denisova 2:26:11
Masters Ezequiel Hernandez (41) 2:45:01 Ukraine Tatyana Pozdnyakova (50) 2:31:05
Wheelchair Australia Kurt Fearnley 1:30:11 United States Cheri Blauwet 1:51:45
2004 Results March 7, 2004
Open Kenya David Kiptoo Kirui 2:13:41 Ukraine Tatyana Pozdnyakova 2:30:17
Masters Mexico Reynaldo Ramirez (40) 2:35:38 Ukraine Tatyana Pozdnyakova (49) 2:30:17
Wheelchair France Joel Jeannot 1:27:08 United States Cheri Blauwet 1:54:02
2003 Results March 2, 2003
Open Kenya Mark Yatich 2:09:52 Ukraine Tatyana Pozdnyakova 2:29:40
Masters United States Robert Leonardo (40) 2:40:46 Ukraine Tatyana Pozdnyakova (48) 2:29:40
Wheelchair Mexico Saúl Mendoza 1:27:07 United States Cheri Blauwet 1:50:06
2002 Results March 3, 2002
Open Kenya Steven Ndungu 2:10:27 Russia Lyubov Denisova 2:28:49
Masters United States Jose Díaz (46) 2:41:07 Ukraine Tatyana Pozdnyakova (47) 2:30:26
Wheelchair South Africa Ernst Van Dyk 1:28:44 Mexico Ariadne Hernandez 1:55:01
2001 Results March 4, 2001
Open Kenya Steven Ndungu 2:13:13 Russia Elana Paramonova 2:35:58
Masters United States Raymond Baradas (41) 2:38:43 United States Teresa Boches-Saban (44) 3:05:20
Wheelchair Mexico Saúl Mendoza 1:32:50 Mexico Ariadne Hernandez 2:04:30
2000 Results March 5, 2000
Open Kenya Benson Mutiisya Mbithi 2:11:55 Estonia Jane Salumäe 2:33:33
Masters United States Marco Ortíz (50) 2:27:33 United States Judy Maguire (41) 2:58:21
Wheelchair Mexico Saúl Mendoza 1:42:33 United States Jean Driscoll 2:12:17
1999 Results March 14, 1999
Open Kenya Simon Bor 2:09:25 Kyrgyzstan Irina Bogachova 2:30:32
Masters Guatemala Federico Yax 2:32:19 United States Judy Maguire 2:54:12
Wheelchair Mexico Saúl Mendoza 1:28:43 United States Deanna Sodoma 2:03:44
1998 Results March 29, 1998
Open Tanzania Zebedayo Bayo 2:11:21 Kenya Lornah Kiplagat 2:33:58
Masters Switzerland Peter Rischl 2:31:53 United States Candy Clark 3:08:56
Wheelchair Mexico Saúl Mendoza 1:29:57 Japan Kazu Hatanaka 1:56:55
1997 Results March 2, 1997
Open Morocco El-Maati Chaham 2:14:16 Kenya Lornah Kiplagat 2:33:50
Masters United States Yoshio Ishizuka 2:36:14 United States Philomena Chandra 3:03:10
Wheelchair Mexico Saúl Mendoza 1:37:27 Australia Louise Sauvage 1:49:22
1996 Results March 3, 1996
Open Costa Rica Jose Luis Molina 2:13:23 Ukraine Lyubov Klochko 2:30:30
Masters Guatemala Hugo Juárez 2:33:26 United States Lorraine Gersitz 3:11:50
Wheelchair Switzerland Heinz Frei 1:27:10 United States Jean Driscoll 1:46:09
1995 Results March 5, 1995
Open Ecuador Rolando Vera 2:11:39 France[note 1] Nadia Prasad 2:29:48
Masters United States John Bednarksi 2:36:40 United States Alfreda Iglehart 3:13:29
Wheelchair Australia Paul Wiggins 1:36:06 United States Jean Driscoll 1:52:51
1994 Results March 6, 1994
Open United States Paul Pilkington 2:12:13 United States Olga Appell 2:28:12
Masters United States Gregg Horner 2:34:20 Italy Emma Scaunich 2:37:05
Wheelchair France Phillipe Couprie and Australia Paul Wiggins[32] 1:34:52 Denmark Connie Hansen 1:48:58
1993 Results March 7, 1993
Open Brazil Joselido Rocha 2:14:28 Ukraine Lyubov Klochko 2:39:48
Masters United States Dennis Bock 2:36:32 United States Candy Dodge 3:03:10
Wheelchair United States Jan Mattern 1:32:15 Denmark Connie Hansen 1:51:26
1992 Results March 1, 1992
Open Republic of Ireland John Treacy 2:12:29 Madina Biktagirova 2:26:23
Masters Mexico Manuel García Pérez 2:25:35 United States Sandra Marshall 3:02:47
Wheelchair United States Jim Knaub 1:40:53 Denmark Connie Hansen 1:56:17
1991 Results March 3, 1991
Open United States Mark Plaatjes 2:10:29 United States Cathy O'Brien 2:29:38
Masters New Zealand John Campbell (42) 2:14:33 United Kingdom Priscilla Webb 2:40:20
Wheelchair United States Jim Knaub 1:40:43 Denmark Connie Hansen 1:57:11
1990 Results March 4, 1990
Open Colombia Pedro Ortíz 2:11:54 United States Julie Isphording 2:32:25
Masters New Zealand John Campbell (41) 2:20:15 Italy Graziela Striuli 3:26:48
Wheelchair France Moustapha Badid 1:45:40 United States Ann Cody-Morris 2:03:49
1989 Results March 5, 1989
Open Canada Art Boileau 2:13:01 Soviet Union Zoya Ivanova 2:34:42
Masters New Zealand John Campbell (40) 2:17:51 United States Carol Mather 3:02:57
Wheelchair United States Jim Knaub 1:46:52 United States Candace Cable-Brookes 2:07:03
1988 Results March 6, 1988
Open Mexico Martín Mondragón 2:10:19 Mexico Blanca Jaime 2:36:11
Masters United States Bob Schlau (40)[33] 2:19:27 United States Harolene Walters (47) 2:54:18
Wheelchair United States Bob Molinatti 1:56:35 United States Candace Cable-Brookes 2:19:38
1987 Results March 1, 1987
Open Canada Art Boileau 2:13:08 United States Nancy Ditz 2:35:24
Masters Colombia Victor Mora García 2:19:44 United States Barbara Fituze 2:47:21
Wheelchair Canada Ted Vance 1:54:06 United States Candace Cable-Brookes 2:05:45
1986 Results March 9, 1986
Open United States Ric Sayre 2:12:59 United States Nancy Ditz 2:36:27
Masters Sweden Kjell-Erik Ståhl (40) 2:19:20 United States Harolene Walters (45)[34] 2:57:26
Wheelchair United States Bob Molinatti 2:16:36 United States Candace Cable-Brookes 2:23:10
  1. ^ From New Caledonia, a territory of France

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The race was also known as the "City of Los Angeles Marathon" in 1973 and 1974.[2][3]
  2. ^ National Masters News reported that "a well-intending police car, leading headstarting wheelchair participants, got out of runners' sight after the first quarter-mile, uphill, hence, the missed turn", and noted that the race director's "nimble adjustments of markers and barriers prevented further calamity", resulting in finishers running at least 26 mi 411 yd (42.219 km), and the leaders running around 26 mi 1,160 yd (42.904 km).[6] One runner mentioned that many ended up jumping over a 3 ft (1 m) cable in a parking lot due to the error.[6]
  3. ^ Ilyina stated that she was looking for a restroom when she ran into a gas station.[7][8][9] A referee stated that this gave her an advantage of at least 25 yd (23 m).[7]
  4. ^ In an effort to publicize the new route, marathon executives tapped Division of Labor, a San Francisco based ad agency to create a campaign dubbed "A Landmark Every Mile".[17] It featured a quick succession of shots of the numerous iconic sites along the route. The campaign helped the marathon sell out for the first time in history.
  5. ^ Frank McCourt, the owner of the marathon, once owned the Los Angeles Dodgers.

References[edit]

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