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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.
March 18, 2012 | By Baxter Holmes
Beneath surprisingly sunny skies, Fatuma Sado won the 27th annual L.A. Marathon in the women's category on Sunday, posting a time of 2 hours, 25 minutes and 39 seconds. [Updated at 10:25 a.m.: Officials had earlier said Sado's finishing time was 2:25:38. Her official time of 2:25:39 was the fourth-fastest performance in the women's race in Los Angeles. ] Simon Njoroge, a 31-year-old from Kenya, won the men's side, posting a time of 2:12:12 in the 26.2-mile race that began at Dodger Stadium and finished in Santa Monica.  Both runners won $25,000 for their first-place finishes as well as a Honda CRV valued at about $30,000, and because Sado crossed the finish line first overall, she won a $100,000 gender challenge bonus.
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...
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.
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.
January 15, 2014 | By David Wharton
MAMMOTH LAKES -- American snowboarders face a few busy -- and crucial -- days at Mammoth Mountain this week. As halfpipe rider Louie Vito said, "Get ready for a marathon. " Starting Thursday, Olympic hopefuls in halfpipe and slopestyle will compete in three qualifying finals over four days at the Mammoth Lakes resort. The flurry of competition will determine who gets to represent the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi Games next month. American officials had planned to hold a series of five qualifiers at various locations but bad weather interrupted a recent competition in Breckenridge, Colo.
October 15, 2013 | By Seema Mehta
Seeking to bolster an effort to bring the 2024 summer Olympics to Los Angeles, county leaders on Tuesday voted to support a bid to host the 2016 Olympic marathon trials. If Los Angeles wins the event, elite athletes would race past city landmarks such as Dodger Stadium, downtown's L.A. Live entertainment complex and the Coliseum, on March 12, 2016, the day before the city's annual marathon. “The marathon course, which will wind its way throughout many of Los Angeles' most iconic areas, is a splendid showcase of all that this county has to offer,” Board of Supervisors Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas said in a statement after the unanimous vote.
January 2, 2012 | By Paul West
Facing weak poll numbers and the very real possibility of a bottom-tier finish in Iowa's kickoff caucuses, Rick Perry on Monday likened the 2012 Republican presidential contest to a marathon that was still in its first mile. Speaking to supporters in the faux-rustic lobby of a modern hotel near the banks of the Missouri River, Perry said the early stages of a long race are often misleading, and he predicted that other candidates would "hit the wall" later on. A distance runner before being slowed by back problems, the Texas governor said, "I finished my marathon, and I expect to finish this marathon as well.
March 5, 2002
To those who say the L.A. Marathon's costs are not worth the end product (March 2) or to those who complain of the inconvenience of having several miles of blocked streets, I say run in the race, be a volunteer or go watch these intrepid athletes as they challenge themselves to the finish line. Once you see how much support and community spirit are generated as family, friends and neighbors cheer each athlete on and wonder at their achievements, you will understand that putting a price tag on this event misses the point.
August 24, 2009 | Associated Press
An easing of gale-force winds early today offered hard-pressed Greek firefighters a brief respite after wildfires raged for two days north of Athens, burning houses and swathes of forest while forcing thousands to evacuate. Officials warned that the vast blaze was still threatening inhabited areas on the capital's northern fringes and near Marathon -- site of one of history's most famous battlegrounds. "There are fewer hazardous points," fire brigade spokesman Yiannis Kappakis said.
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