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Thousands of runners take part in the Los Angeles Marathon 2018 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Sunday, March 18, 2018. The Stadium to the Sea course starts at Dodger Stadium and passes through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before finishing in the City of Santa Monica at the intersection of Ocean and California Avenues, just steps from the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

 

PHOTOS AND VIDEOS FROM THE 33rd LOS ANGELES MARATHON HELD THIS PAST SUNDAY

 

WINNERS:

MEN – Weldon Kirui, Kenya, 2:11:47

WOMEN – Sule Utura Gedo, Ethiopia, 2:33:49

TOP AMERICANS:

MEN – Rachid Ezzouniou, El Paso, TX, 2:21:41 (7th)

WOMEN – Christina Vergara-Aleshire, Henderson, NV, 2:34:24 (4th)

 

It was another fun time at the 33rd running of the Los Angeles Marathon, going from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica.

Nothing too out of the ordinary happened as 25,000 runners started from the Dodger Stadium parking lot around 7:00 a.m. and wound through the streets of downtown L.A., Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and West Los Angeles on the way to Ocean Ave., overlooking the bluffs and Santa Monica Beach.

And nothing like a 26.2 mile race to bring people of all walks of life together – races, genders, religions, socioeconomic statuses, political persuasions, gay, straight, etc., which this marathon always does and did on Sunday.

Which will always be a most positive thing in these polarizing times.

East Africans dominated the race once again, there were a few Marilyn Monroes, Elvises, and other costumed runners on the route,

And a young lady by the name of Christal Ryles – who happens to be my cousin – ran the marathon for the second straight year and got a time of 5:07:29, which beat her personal best by thirty minutes.

MUCH kudos to her for her accomplishments, and if she’s reading this, I’ll try to see her at the finish line next year!

Here are some photos and video clips of the event…

 

 

KCBS News reporting on the start of the L.A. Marathon, courtesy of YouTube.

 

 

3-18-18. Santa Monica CA. Kenya’s Weldon Kirui makes his way first over the finish line at 2:11:47, during the 33rd Los Angeles Marathon in Santa Monica at the finish line.
Photo by Gene Blevins/LA DailyNews/SCNG

 

 

3-18-18. Santa Monica CA. Ethiopia’s Sule Gedo first women to cross the finish line at 2:33:52. during the 33rd Los Angeles Marathon in Santa Monica at the finish line.
Photo by Gene Blevins/LA DailyNews/SCNG

 

 

 

Some of the 25,000 participants in yesterday’s L.A. Marathon in downtown L.A. running in front of some cool Japanese drummers. Photo courtesy of scpr.org

 

 

 

 

A really nice recap of this year’s L.A. Marathon from KCBS Channel 2 News,, featuring an interview with a breast cancer survivor and some of the hundreds of high school students who ran on Sunday. Courtesy of YouTube.

 

 

 

Check out that Marilyn Monroe running on the left! Photo courtesy of scpr.org

 

 

The elite woman runners get their start of the Los Angeles Marathon in Los Angeles Sunday, March 18, 2018. The Stadium to the Sea course starts at Dodger Stadium and passes through West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before finishing in the City of Santa Monica at the intersection of Ocean and California Avenues, just steps from the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Thomas R. Cordova/Daily Breeze)

 

 

3-18-18. Santa Monica CA. USA’s Christina Vergara came in 4th at 2:34:27, during the 33rd Los Angeles Marathon in Santa Monica at the finish line.
Photo by Gene Blevins/LA DailyNews/SCNG

 

 

 

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