The Frank McCourt-owned 25th Los Angeles Marathon went off with nary a hitch today, with beautiful weather accompanying a talented field and an absolutely picturesque new course. With the (un)offical theme being Stadium to the Sea, competitors that braved rush-hour traffic (at 5am on a Sunday morning!) were treated to a dazzling array of sights and cultures in the well-planned course.
The times were rather slow, considering the conditions were beautiful and the course was in aggregate, downhill. That said, McCourt pulled off a doozy (wonder if Jamie was watching). These are the results as posted on the www.lamarathon.com site, though I just finished watching on television and Wesley Korir repeated with a time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 20 seconds. Though Korir is a repeat winner, his time was actually a minute off of last year’s pace, on a much more grueling course in less-than-ideal weather conditions. Women’s winner Edna Kiplagat bettered her career best by more than 10 minutes and won the $100,000 grand prize for winning the Overall Gender Challenge, as women were granted an 18-minute handicap in competing for the prize.
Also, congratulations to Gabriela Contreras and Howard Simpson for competing in and completing this accomplishment.