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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.
April 10, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Turner Classic Movies will pay tribute to Mickey Rooney, who passed away April 6 at age 93, with a 24-hour marathon of his movies. The marathon will begin Sunday, April 13, at 6 a.m. Eastern time with the 1933 film "Broadway to Hollywood. " Other films in the marathon will include "A Family Affair" and "You're Only Young Once," the first two movies in the Andy Hardy series; "Babes on Broadway," one of Rooney's many pairings with Judy Garland"; and "The Human Comedy," for which Rooney earned an Oscar nomination for best actor.
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