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Thousands expected to participate in 28th L.A. Marathon

The 26.2-mile race that begins at 6:55 a.m. Sunday at Dodger Stadium has about 24,000 runners registered.

March 16, 2013|By Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times
  • Participants run down Sunset Blvd. during the L.A. Marathon last year.
Participants run down Sunset Blvd. during the L.A. Marathon last year. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

About 24,000 runners will take to the streets Sunday morning and participate in the 28th Asics L.A. Marathon.

The 26.2-mile event begins at Dodger Stadium and will wind through Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before ending at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and California Avenue in Santa Monica.

Simon Njoroge of Kenya, winner of last year's men's race, leads the 16-man elite field.

Deena Kastor, the U.S. women's record holder, is among eight elite female runners.

Winners of the men's and women's races each receive $25,000.

There is also a $50,000 gender challenge bonus for the first runner to cross the finish line. The women will start 18 minutes 35 seconds ahead of the men — the difference in time between event records in the men's and women's divisions.

Winners in the wheelchair divisions receive $2,500.

Wheelchair races begin at approximately 6:55 a.m., elite women's runners at 7:08 and elite men at 7:25.

The race will be broadcast on KTLA Channel 5 beginning at 6 a.m. A radio broadcast on AM 570 begins at 5 a.m.

gary.klein@latimes.com

Twitter: @latimseklein

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