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August 5, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
LONDON - U.S. marathoner Desiree Davila, who had been dealing with a hip flexor injury that hampered her training, dropped out of the Olympic marathon on Sunday. The event was won by Tiki Gelana of Ethiopia in an Olympic-record time of two hours, 23 minutes and seven seconds. Priscah Jeptoo of Kenya was second in 2:23.12, and Tatyana Petrova Arkhipova of Russia was third in 2:23.29. Shalane Flanagan and Kara Goucher of the U.S. were 10th and 11th, respectively. Flanagan finished in 2:25.51 and Goucher in 2:26.
March 17, 1989
As a native Southern Californian, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers and the people of Los Angeles for their support in making your marathon such a wonderful success (March 5). As a transplanted Texan, I found it refreshing and enjoyable to return to Los Angeles to again experience its cultural diversity and community spirit. Thank you from one who completed the course with the help of so many. TONY JIMENEZ III San Antonio, Texas
March 17, 1986
It would be most interesting to learn where the Los Angeles Police Department spokesman got his information that the marathon caused "scarcely any disruption to traffic flow." He obviously didn't talk to the traffic officers on duty at, say, Santa Monica and Vine, or Sunset and Crescent Heights, nor to the hundreds of drivers who were trapped in the West Hollywood area. It was chaos. I imagine similar scenes occurred at other sections of the route as the runners started streaming by. Didn't it occur to the planners that the whole city was not going to come to a halt because there was a marathon going on?
After 10 years of starting and finishing at the Coliseum, the Los Angeles Marathon goes downtown today, starting its 11th annual race at Eighth and Figueroa streets and finishing it at the Los Angeles Central Library at Fifth and Flower. And if everything seems a little confused to spectators along the way, it may be because of the course.
October 21, 2010
Marathoners typically have two goals: finish the race, and finish the race under a set time without hitting the wall. One researcher thinks he's found a new formula that calculates how much carbohydrates a runner needs to eat and at what pace he or she needs to run in order to complete the race without feeling any ill effects or dropping out. Running the 2005 New York marathon was the catalyst for the study by Benjamin Rapoport, a student in...
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