Los Angeles Marathon

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Los Angeles Marathon
LA Marathon logo 2021.png
Logo for the Los Angeles Marathon
DateFebruary/March
Location Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Event type Road
Distance Marathon, 26.2 mi (42.2 km)
Established1986(35 years ago) (1986)
(current era)
Course recordsMen: 2:06:35
Markos Geneti (2011)
Women: 2:25:10
Lidiya Grigoryeva (2006)
Official site lamarathon.com
Traversing Olympic Blvd. in 2009 Wheelchair racers Los Angeles Marathon.jpg
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.

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

History

Benjamin Limo at the start of the marathon in 2009 LA Marathon 2009 - Benjamin Limo.jpg
Benjamin Limo at the start of the marathon in 2009

Municipal Games era

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", [lower-alpha 1] 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

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] [lower-alpha 2]

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

Current era

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. [1] [7] [lower-alpha 3] The victory went to Ilyina's friend and first-time marathoner Lornah Kiplagat. [1] [7]

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". [10] After runner criticism due to the increased probability of warmer weather, the race date was moved back to March for the 2010 race. It rained the entire day. [10]

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. [10]

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

The 2021 edition of the race was postponed to November 7th 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. [11] [10]

Course

External image
Searchtool.svg Course map of full marathon in 2020 [12]
Romanian Nuta Olaru in 2009 Nuta Olaru.jpg
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. [lower-alpha 4]

The iconic "Stadium to Sea" route started at Dodger Stadium [lower-alpha 5] 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. [10]

Community impact

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

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. [14] 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. [14]

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. [15]

Legacy Runners

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. [16]

Television coverage

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

Winners Weldon Kirui and Nataliya Lehonkova with Mayor Garcetti, 2016 2016 LA Marathon (24469704883).jpg
Winners Weldon Kirui and Nataliya Lehonkova with Mayor Garcetti, 2016
Simon Njoroge winning in 2012 Simon Njoroge Breaks Tape 2012 LA Marathon (6995260661).jpg
Simon Njoroge winning in 2012
Fatuma Sado winning in 2012 Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia (6849099738).jpg
Fatuma Sado winning in 2012

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

Key:  Course record

Year
CategoryMenWomen
2020 Results March 8, 2020 [17] [18]
Open Flag of Ethiopia.svg Bayelign Teshager 2:08:26 Flag of Kenya.svg Margaret Muriuki 2:29:27
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Carlos Lopez (42)2:37:49 Flag of the United States.svg Madeleine Sargent (42)2:48:17
Wheelchair Flag of Spain.svg Rafael Botello Jimenez 1:44:37 Flag of Brazil.svg Vanessa Christina de Souza 1:59:55
2019 Results March 24, 2019 [19]
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Elisha Barno 2:11:45 Flag of Ethiopia.svg Askale Marachi 2:24:11
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Jesse Williams (41)2:36:54 Flag of the United States.svg Ingrid Walters (47)2:48:03
Wheelchair Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Joshua Cassidy [19] 1:31:48 Flag of the United States.svg Katrina Gerhard [19] 1:56:23
2018 Results March 18, 2018 [20]
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Weldon Kirui 2:11:47 Flag of Ethiopia.svg Sule Gedo 2:33:50
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Carlos Larios (45)2:34:18 Flag of the United States.svg Ingrid Walters (46)2:55:28
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Krige Schabort [20] 1:35:40 Flag of the United States.svg Michelle Wheeler [20] 2:16:36
2017 Results March 19, 2017 [21]
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Elisha Barno 2:11:53 Flag of Kenya.svg Hellen Jepkurgat 2:34:24
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Peter Lawrence (45)2:38:05 Flag of the United States.svg Gina Johnson (43)3:10:27
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Tom Davis1:06:52 Flag of the United States.svg Jenna Rollman 1:43:14
2016 Results February 14, 2016
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Weldon Kirui 2:13:06 Flag of Ukraine.svg Nataliya Lehonkova 2:30:40
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Brett Bernacchi (43)2:40:07 Flag of the United States.svg Rebecca Trachsel (41)3:05:29
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Owen Daniels1:21:27 Flag of the United States.svg Jenna Rollman 1:53:44
2015 Results March 15, 2015
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Daniel Limo 2:10:36 Flag of Kenya.svg Ogla Kimaiyo 2:34:10
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Oswaldo Hurtado (41)2:34:03 Flag of the United States.svg Victoria Russell (43)2:50:03
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Scott Parson 1:37:12 Flag of the United States.svg Shirley Reilly 2:00:27
2014 Results March 9, 2014
Open Flag of Ethiopia.svg Gebo Burka 2:10:37 Flag of Ethiopia.svg Amane Gobena 2:27:37
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Ricardo Ramirez (41)2:38:20 Flag of the United States.svg Dolores Valencia (49)2:57:58
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Joshua George 1:33:11 Flag of the United States.svg Susannah Scaroni 1:54:54 [22]
2013 Results March 17, 2013
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Erick Mose 2:09:43 Flag of Belarus.svg Aleksandra Duliba 2:25:39 [23]
Masters Flag of France.svg Abderrahmane Djemadi (42)2:37:07 Flag of the United States.svg Deena Kastor (40)2:32:39
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Krige Schabort 1:30:50 Flag of the United States.svg Susannah Scaroni 1:54:39
2012 Results March 18, 2012
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Simon Njoroge 2:12:12 Flag of Ethiopia.svg Fatuma Sado 2:25:39 [24]
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Nicholas Bowden (40)2:38:26 Flag of Ukraine.svg Tetyana Mezentseva (40)2:31:20
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Krige Schabort 1:39:53 Flag of the United States.svg Shirley Reilly 1:57:09
2011 Results March 20, 2011
Open Flag of Ethiopia.svg Markos Geneti 2:06:35 Flag of Ethiopia.svg Buzunesh Deba 2:26:34
Masters Flag of Mexico.svg Juan Jose Ortiz Jauregui (44)2:44:10 Flag of Russia.svg Svetlana Ponomarenko (41)2:38:56
Wheelchair Flag of South Africa.svg Krige Schabort1:33:15 Flag of the United States.svg Shirley Reilly 1:57:25
2010 Results March 21, 2010
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Wesley Korir 2:09:19 Flag of Kenya.svg Edna Kiplagat 2:25:38
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Juan Ramirez (41)2:39:35 Flag of the United States.svg Linda Somers-Smith (48)2:36:33
Wheelchair Flag of South Africa.svg Krige Schabort1:31:51 Flag of the United States.svg Amanda McGrory 1:53:12
2009 Results May 25, 2009
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Wesley Korir 2:08:24 Flag of Russia.svg Tatyana Petrova 2:25:59
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Martin Rindahl (45)2:43:17 Flag of the United States.svg Carista Strickland (47)3:14:45
Wheelchair Flag of Mexico.svg Aaron Gordian1:31:19 Flag of the United States.svg Amanda McGrory1:48:13
2008 Results March 2, 2008
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Laban Moiben 2:13:50 Flag of Russia.svg Tatyana Aryasova 2:29:09
Masters Flag of Guatemala.svg Fermin Sequen (40)2:34:34 Flag of Russia.svg Tatiana Titova (42)2:51:32
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Saul Mendoza 1:31:12 Flag of the United States.svg Cheri Blauwet1:53:35
2007 Results March 4, 2007
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Fred Mogaka 2:17:14 Flag of Russia.svg Ramilya Burangulova 2:37:54
Masters Flag of Japan.svg Yoshihisa Hosaka (58)2:49:06 Flag of Russia.svg Ramilya Burangulova (45)2:37:54
Wheelchair Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kurt Fearnley 1:23:40 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Shelly Woods 1:50:55
2006 Results March 19, 2006
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Benson Cherono 2:08:40 Flag of Russia.svg Lidiya Grigoryeva 2:25:10
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Jose Ortiz Pina (43)2:33:23 Flag of Ukraine.svg Lyudmyla Pushkina (40)2:41:15
Wheelchair Flag of South Africa.svg Ernst Van Dyk 1:24:48 Flag of the United States.svg Shirley Reilly1:55:23
2005 Results March 6, 2005
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Mark Saina 2:09:35 Flag of Russia.svg Lyubov Denisova 2:26:11
MastersEzequiel Hernandez (41)2:45:01 Flag of Ukraine.svg Tatyana Pozdnyakova (50)2:31:05
Wheelchair Flag of Australia (converted).svg Kurt Fearnley1:30:11 Flag of the United States.svg Cheri Blauwet1:51:45
2004 Results March 7, 2004
Open Flag of Kenya.svg David Kirui 2:13:41 Flag of Ukraine.svg Tatyana Pozdnyakova2:30:17
Masters Flag of Mexico.svg Reynaldo Ramirez (40)2:35:38 Flag of Ukraine.svg Tatyana Pozdnyakova (49)2:30:17
Wheelchair Flag of France.svg Joel Jeannot1:27:08 Flag of the United States.svg Cheri Blauwet1:54:02
2003 Results March 2, 2003
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Mark Yatich 2:09:52 Flag of Ukraine.svg Tatyana Pozdnyakova2:29:40
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Robert Leonardo (40)2:40:46 Flag of Ukraine.svg Tatyana Pozdnyakova (48)2:29:40
Wheelchair Flag of Mexico.svg Saúl Mendoza1:27:07 Flag of the United States.svg Cheri Blauwet1:50:06
2002 Results March 3, 2002
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Steven Ndungu 2:10:27 Flag of Russia.svg Lyubov Denisova 2:28:49
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Jose Díaz (46)2:41:07 Flag of Ukraine.svg Tatyana Pozdnyakova (47)2:30:26
Wheelchair Flag of South Africa.svg Ernst Van Dyk1:28:44 Flag of Mexico.svg Ariadne Hernandez1:55:01
2001 Results March 4, 2001
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Steven Ndungu2:13:13 Flag of Russia.svg Elana Paramonova 2:35:58
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Raymond Baradas (41)2:38:43 Flag of the United States.svg Teresa Boches-Saban (44)3:05:20
Wheelchair Flag of Mexico.svg Saúl Mendoza1:32:50 Flag of Mexico.svg Ariadne Hernandez2:04:30
2000 Results March 5, 2000
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Benson Mutiisya Mbithi2:11:55 Flag of Estonia.svg Jane Salumäe 2:33:33
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Marco Ortíz (50)2:27:33 Flag of the United States.svg Judy Maguire (41)2:58:21
Wheelchair Flag of Mexico.svg Saúl Mendoza1:42:33 Flag of the United States.svg Jean Driscoll 2:12:17
1999 Results March 14, 1999
Open Flag of Kenya.svg Simon Bor2:09:25 Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Irina Bogachova 2:30:32
Masters Flag of Guatemala.svg Federico Yax2:32:19 Flag of the United States.svg Judy Maguire2:54:12
Wheelchair Flag of Mexico.svg Saúl Mendoza1:28:43 Flag of the United States.svg Deanna Sodoma2:03:44
1998 Results March 29, 1998
Open Flag of Tanzania.svg Zebedayo Bayo 2:11:21 Flag of Kenya.svg Lornah Kiplagat 2:33:58
Masters Flag of Switzerland.svg Peter Rischl2:31:53 Flag of the United States.svg Candy Clark3:08:56
Wheelchair Flag of Mexico.svg Saúl Mendoza1:29:57 Flag of Japan.svg Kazu Hatanaka1:56:55
1997 Results March 2, 1997
Open Flag of Morocco.svg El-Maati Chaham 2:14:16 Flag of Kenya.svg Lornah Kiplagat 2:33:50
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Yoshio Ishizuka2:36:14 Flag of the United States.svg Philomena Chandra3:03:10
Wheelchair Flag of Mexico.svg Saúl Mendoza1:37:27 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Louise Sauvage 1:49:22
1996 Results March 3, 1996
Open Flag of Costa Rica.svg Jose Luis Molina 2:13:23 Flag of Ukraine.svg Lyubov Klochko 2:30:30
Masters Flag of Guatemala.svg Hugo Juárez2:33:26 Flag of the United States.svg Lorraine Gersitz3:11:50
Wheelchair Flag of Switzerland.svg Heinz Frei1:27:10 Flag of the United States.svg Jean Driscoll 1:46:09
1995 Results March 5, 1995
Open Flag of Ecuador.svg Rolando Vera 2:11:39 Flag of France.svg [note 1] Nadia Prasad 2:29:48
Masters Flag of the United States.svg John Bednarksi2:36:40 Flag of the United States.svg Alfreda Iglehart3:13:29
Wheelchair Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Wiggins 1:36:06 Flag of the United States.svg Jean Driscoll 1:52:51
1994 Results March 6, 1994
Open Flag of the United States.svg Paul Pilkington 2:12:13 Flag of the United States.svg Olga Appell 2:28:12
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Gregg Horner2:34:20 Flag of Italy.svg Emma Scaunich2:37:05
Wheelchair Flag of France.svg Phillipe Couprie and Flag of Australia (converted).svg Paul Wiggins [25] 1:34:52 Flag of Denmark.svg Connie Hansen 1:48:58
1993 Results March 7, 1993
Open Flag of Brazil.svg Joselido Rocha 2:14:28 Flag of Ukraine.svg Lyubov Klochko 2:39:48
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Dennis Bock2:36:32 Flag of the United States.svg Candy Dodge3:03:10
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Jan Mattern1:32:15 Flag of Denmark.svg Connie Hansen 1:51:26
1992 Results March 1, 1992
Open Flag of Ireland.svg John Treacy 2:12:29 Flag of the CIS.svg Madina Biktagirova 2:26:23
Masters Flag of Mexico.svg Manuel García Pérez2:25:35 Flag of the United States.svg Sandra Marshall3:02:47
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Jim Knaub 1:40:53 Flag of Denmark.svg Connie Hansen 1:56:17
1991 Results March 3, 1991
Open Flag of the United States.svg Mark Plaatjes 2:10:29 Flag of the United States.svg Cathy O'Brien 2:29:38
Masters Flag of New Zealand.svg John Campbell (42)2:14:33 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Priscilla Webb2:40:20
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Jim Knaub 1:40:43 Flag of Denmark.svg Connie Hansen 1:57:11
1990 Results March 4, 1990
Open Flag of Colombia.svg Pedro Ortíz 2:11:54 Flag of the United States.svg Julie Isphording 2:32:25
Masters Flag of New Zealand.svg John Campbell (41)2:20:15 Flag of Italy.svg Graziela Striuli3:26:48
Wheelchair Flag of France.svg Moustapha Badid1:45:40 Flag of the United States.svg Ann Cody-Morris 2:03:49
1989 Results March 5, 1989
Open Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Art Boileau 2:13:01 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Zoya Ivanova 2:34:42
Masters Flag of New Zealand.svg John Campbell (40)2:17:51 Flag of the United States.svg Carol Mather3:02:57
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Jim Knaub 1:46:52 Flag of the United States.svg Candace Cable-Brookes 2:07:03
1988 Results March 6, 1988
Open Flag of Mexico.svg Martín Mondragón 2:10:19 Flag of Mexico.svg Blanca Jaime 2:36:11
Masters Flag of the United States.svg Bob Schlau (40) [26] 2:19:27 Flag of the United States.svg Harolene Walters (47)2:54:18
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Bob Molinatti1:56:35 Flag of the United States.svg Candace Cable-Brookes 2:19:38
1987 Results March 1, 1987
Open Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Art Boileau2:13:08 Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Ditz 2:35:24
Masters Flag of Colombia.svg Victor Mora García2:19:44 Flag of the United States.svg Barbara Fituze2:47:21
Wheelchair Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ted Vance1:54:06 Flag of the United States.svg Candace Cable-Brookes 2:05:45
1986 Results March 9, 1986
Open Flag of the United States.svg Ric Sayre 2:12:59 Flag of the United States.svg Nancy Ditz 2:36:27
Masters Flag of Sweden.svg Kjell-Erik Ståhl (40)2:19:20 Flag of the United States.svg Harolene Walters (45) [27] 2:57:26
Wheelchair Flag of the United States.svg Bob Molinatti2:16:36 Flag of the United States.svg Candace Cable-Brookes 2:23:10
  1. From New Caledonia, a territory of France

Notes

  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". [13] 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.

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