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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
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, 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 25, 2010
Finishing a marathon is a huge athletic feat, but not everyone who finishes one is in tip-top shape. A new study finds that people who have not trained appropriately and may not be in the best shape could temporarily damage their hearts. The study, presented Monday at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2010 in Montreal, focused on 20 healthy amateur runners who were given exercise, blood and MRI tests six to eight weeks before a marathon, two days after finishing, and some three months later.
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