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March 27, 1995 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An entire field, 2,200 runners, went left instead of right Sunday at the first Disneyland Marathon, slicing roughly half a mile between Miles One and Two and sending organizers scrambling. Officials quickly measured the missed distance, added it after the 25-mile mark, and Eddy Hellebuyck, a Belgian living in Albuquerque, N.M., ran the 26 miles 385 yards in 2 hours 19 minutes 46 seconds to win the event and $5,000. Kathy Smith of Aliso Viejo was the women's winner in 2:44:51.
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March 27, 1995 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No, that wasn't Goofy directing runners in the first few miles of the first Disneyland Marathon on Sunday morning. And nobody got into Tinker Bell's stash of pixie dust and sent the pack the wrong direction. But somehow, someway 2,200 marathoners went left when they should have gone right, slicing off roughly a half-mile between the first and second miles and sending organizers scrambling to remedy the gaffe. Amazingly enough it happened in Disneyland, the ultimate controlled environment.
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November 15, 1994 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, it was enough to make Bill Burke blanch. Disney was getting into the marathon business in Orange County, and that probably meant big money--the kind Burke, president of the Los Angeles Marathon, could not match. That could send elite runners, those who put marathons on the running map, to Orange County. So they talked and reached an accord of sorts. On Wednesday, the first Disneyland Marathon and 5K run will be announced.
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July 23, 1993 | BRIAN JARAMILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Francisco Marathon officials have disqualified Candy Dodge, who had been credited with finishing third in Sunday's race, after an investigation revealed that she failed to complete the entire race. The five-member long-distance racing committee of the Pacific Assn./U.S. Track and Field Assn. voted unanimously Thursday night to strike Dodge's time from the official race record. Mark Winitz, chairman of the committee, said the evidence against Dodge was irrefutable.
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July 22, 1993 | BRIAN JARAMILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
San Francisco Marathon officials will review race videotapes today, trying to determine whether Candy Dodge--the third-place female finisher Sunday--ran the entire course. Two women finishing immediately behind Dodge, Kathy Wood and Laura DeWald, adamantly claim that Dodge did not. Race officials investigating the claim have learned that Dodge's bib No. 43 was not recorded by monitors at any of three checkpoints, said John Mansoor, race director.
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November 17, 1994 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid the usual Disneyland hoopla, including appearances by Mickey Mouse, Goofy and the rest of the gang, officials from the park Wednesday announced plans to stage a marathon and five-kilometer race on March 26, 1995, the day after a two-kilometer family fun run. It will be the first county marathon since the only running of the ill-fated and financially troubled Orange County Marathon in 1991. The Disneyland race will have a $19,000 purse for the marathon and $31,000 for the 5K.
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March 3, 1994 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Funny how joining a country of 248 million can make a person feel so alone. Olga Appell raised her right hand with 109 others at the Albuquerque Elks Club last Friday and shivered not in joy, but weariness. It was supposed to be a day of excitement, of liberation. With one oath, Mexico's fastest female marathoner became the United States' fastest female marathoner. She had made the most important run of her life, a run for the border. And she had finished. So why did she feel so strange?
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April 27, 1994 | JOHN ORTEGA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The postseason national high school track and field schedule, which used to include an important meet staged at Birmingham High, has undergone several changes. The National Scholastic Outdoor Championships, which had been held at Birmingham the past three years, has been moved to North Carolina State. In addition, the Golden West Invitational in Sacramento has a new format and the International Prep Invitational, run in suburban Chicago, has been canceled.
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March 22, 1995 | ELLIOTT TEAFORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you know Disneyland, and we think you do, you know those folks aren't going to settle for 26.2 boring miles in staging their first marathon. They wanted fun, flair, innovation, and John Mansoor was the one to pull it all together. You might not know Mansoor, 39, a former track and field athlete at Ohio State and an accomplished road racer, but you might know his handiwork.
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