Samantha Gutierrez, a runner who was featured in The Times last week leading up to Sunday's L.A. Marathon, completed the event, her first ever, in 4 hours 26 minutes and 12 seconds.
"The feeling of crossing the finish line was something I will never forget!" Gutierrez, 33, of Mar Vista wrote in a text message. "Especially when I looked down and saw my shoe drenched in blood ... yay! Bloody blisters, I'm a runner!"
Eladio Mendoza, 65, of Canoga Park, completed his 27th L.A. Marathon in 5:26:09. Four of his daughters and two granddaughters ran with him, according to Connie Mendoza, one of his daughters.
Christian Alvarado, the 26-year-old legally blind runner from Mid-City, completed his 11th marathon in 9:11:39, the same time as his guide, Tania Gongoria, 22, of Van Nuys. It was Gongoria's first marathon.