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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1995
Re Ginger Floerchinger-Franks' Sept. 28 letter on the L.A. Marathon: Your Sept. 21 article included the benefits to the race and the community by changing the course, but did not cover any of the benefits to our runners. Last year, we received considerable input from runners regarding traffic and parking problems. In an effort to improve the situation, we made changes that will benefit all the runners and create a smoother operation as they travel to and from the start and finish of the course.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?
SPORTS
March 3, 1996 | JIM HODGES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
SPORTS
March 18, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Fatuma Sado, a 20-year-old Ethiopian runner, is on pace to break the women's course record for the L.A. Marathon during Sunday's 27th annual running of the 26.2-mile race.  This is Sado's fourth marathon and second this year, but she has been dominant. She took the lead in the seventh mile, separated herself in the 12th and has only put distance between her and the second-place runner from there.  Sado is on pace to break the course record of 2 hours, 25 minutes, 10 seconds, set by Lidiya Grigoryeva of Russia in 2006.  If Sado is the first runner -- man or woman -- to cross the finish line in Santa Monica, she'll win a $100,000 gender challenge bonus as well as $25,000 for winning the women's marathon.
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