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September 12, 1988 | EARL GUSTKEY, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles, 1984. Lingering images: --Gymnast Mary Lou Retton's explosive joy, and that world-class smile. --Oddball swimmer Rick Carey's implosive joy. He wins a gold medal and then mopes because he failed to break a world record. --U.S. wrestler Jeff Blatnick, a cancer patient, wins a Greco-Roman gold medal, breaks down during a TV interview and says: "I'm one happy dude." --U.S.
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April 22, 2014 | Tina Susman and Alana Semuels
The cheers were louder, the runners more determined, the tears of joy and relief at the Boston Marathon finish line Monday more heartfelt than ever. And yes, the security was tighter. But on a brilliant spring day, the city brought to grief by terrorist bombings one year earlier sprinted back in the resolute style of the runners who tore through quiet suburbs and charming town squares to the finish line, where the roars grew deafening as Meb Keflezighi became the first American man to win the marathon since 1983.
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July 16, 2007 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
Perhaps the most dramatic image from the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles did not involve a gold medalist -- or a medalist of any type. It featured an athlete in distress, Gabriele Andersen-Scheiss, whose tortured push to the finish line in the inaugural Olympic women's marathon drew anguished gasps from a crowd of more than 70,000 in the Coliseum but transformed the Swiss runner into an international symbol of courage and determination. Anyone who has seen it probably has never forgotten it.
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April 21, 2014 | By Michael Muskal and Tina Susman
Californian Meb Keflezighi became the first American since 1983 to capture the men's division of the Boston Marathon, as the city that was knocked to its knees by two bomb blasts last year rebounded on Monday. Keflezighi, who began running as a student in San Diego and became a U.S. citizen after an award-winning stint at UCLA, hung on to win the men's division in 2:08:36. He fought to hold his lead as the racers tore down Boylston Street at the finish. LIVE: Tweets, photos from Boston Marathon At the award ceremony, Keflezighi cried as he held the trophy, his head decorated with the symbolic laurels wreath.
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June 13, 1993 | JIM MURRAY
It was in 490 B.C. that the first marathon was run. It was a one-man race. After the battle of Marathon, in which the Greeks drove the Persian invaders into the sea, an Athenian athlete named Pheidippides was commissioned to run the good news the seven leagues back to Athens. Pheidippides ran the entire distance in one gulp, bare feet bleeding, lips cracked, throat parched. He arrived in the Acropolis delivered the glad tidings. "Rejoice! We conquer!" And toppled over dead.
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January 11, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
About 1 in 184,000 runners goes into cardiac arrest while participating in a long-distance race, a study finds, which may make marathons no more dangerous than other vigorous activities. Data on about 10 years of marathons and half-marathons in the U.S. were analyzed for the study, released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine . Out of 10.9 million runners, there were 59 instances of cardiac arrest, 42 of them fatal. More cases of cardiac arrest happened during marathons than half-marathons, and more deaths occurred during marathons.
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September 22, 2012
If I ever do another dinner party marathon like that (and I seriously vow never to schedule so many dinners in one week), here's what I'll do differently: • Organize my shopping and decide on the menus ahead of time, not on the fly. • Compromise - maybe we don't need to drive all the way across town to get that one elusive ingredient (but try telling that to my husband). • Start cooking early and pace myself. • Make the desserts before my fellow cook spreads his stuff out on every surface.
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March 22, 2013 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
Julie Weiss of Santa Monica is indeed a Marathon Goddess. Weiss crossed the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon in 5:17:44. The blogger, who details her running exploits at MarathonGoddess.com, would have had a faster finish if not for the media interviews she stopped to do along the way and the fans who met her for hugs and high-fives. For Weiss, 42, the race marked the end of her quest to run 52 marathons in a year to raise money to fight pancreatic cancer, which had claimed her father's life.
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November 5, 2013 | By David Wharton
No one could blame Tatyana McFadden for taking a break after winning the women's wheelchair division at the New York City Marathon last weekend. Her victory completed an unprecedented sweep of the world's four major marathons -- including London, Boston and Chicago -- this year. But apparently resting isn't on the schedule for the 24-year-old McFadden, who says she will resume training in an attempt to qualify for no less than six events at the 2014 Sochi Paralympics. "I've been spending a lot of time in the snow," she said in an interview with the U.S. Olympic Committee . After taking to the mountains only a year ago, McFadden will attempt to make the American team for three events in cross-country skiing and three in biathlon.
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May 14, 1995 | ROB FERNAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Allegations of misconduct have dogged 67-year-old Richard Roodberg since 1988, when he came from nowhere to post a world-record time in his age group at the Los Angeles Marathon. The Van Nuys resident was disqualified from that race, as well as the 1990 L.A. and Boston marathons, after officials said he failed to show up at any of the courses' checkpoints. The allegations were that Roodberg did not run the entire races, charges he steadfastly denied in a 1990 interview with The Times.
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April 21, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
BOSTON - Before Meb Keflezighi embarked on the 26.2-mile journey Monday to become the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, he wrote four names on his yellow race bib. Martin, for Martin Richard. Krystle, for Krystle Campbell. Ling, for Lu Lingzi. Sean, for Sean Collier. The first three died in the bombings that occurred near the finish line of last year's race. The last was shot and killed, investigators said, by one of the alleged bombers. "It could've been me, my wife or me watching as a spectator," said Keflezighi, a 38-year-old UCLA graduate.
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April 21, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
BOSTON - This Boston Marathon, a year after the bombs went off at the finish line, was one that nobody wanted to miss. Elise Conner, 58, who was near the end of the course when the explosions rocked Boylston Street, struggled through an injury to make this year's race. “If I had to crawl,” she said. “No matter what. I'm coming.” I understood perfectly. I got hurt in October - torn knee cartilage - and really shouldn't have come back to Boston. (My doctor said it was a “terrible idea.”)
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April 19, 2014 | By Stacey Leasca
It was an unusually gray and chilly April morning, even for Boston, but that didn't stop a swarm of Boston Marathon runners from expressing their joy at picking up their race pins. The elite runners were joined by race sponsors and officials Friday morning at a Boston news conference. "You're in the presence of royalty," said Jim Gallagher, an official with sponsor John Hancock. "Combined, they have won over 80 marathons. " MORE: 6 returning marathon runners remember 2013 The atmosphere is euphoric, but it's underlined by the tragic events of a year ago. Without a doubt, the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013 will color this year's event.
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April 19, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - On Monday, if all goes according to plan, I'll be lining up at the start of the Boston Marathon. Let's just say this up front: I probably shouldn't be. I signed up last September, but over the last few months, training season, I've been fighting one of those frustrating injuries that just would not come around. Figuring for weeks that it was just a bad hamstring, I stubbornly dragged my bad leg like a piece of wood over snow and black ice, all through a relentless, miserable Northeast winter.
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April 18, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
BOSTON - There's a tense excitement running through this city as it prepares for the 118th Boston Marathon, a uniquely Bostonian event, held on Patriots' Day, the third Monday of April, which celebrates the first battles of the Revolutionary War. Residents are waiting to see how much of the traditional carefree spirit of Marathon Monday will remain after officials implement security measures to make the 26.2-mile route "the safest place on the...
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April 16, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A 25-year-old man who describes himself as a performance artist will be arraigned Wednesday on charges in connection with a hoax bomb placed at the site where two bombs exploded last year at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 260. Kevin “Kayvon” Edson will be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court, Jake Wark, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston, told the Los Angeles Times...
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April 13, 1990 | BETTY GOODWIN
Kathie Gordon, co-owner with her husband, Michael, of Trattoria Toscana in Brentwood, spends her days and evenings surrounded by hearty, homey Tuscan fare -- pasta, risotto, grilled fish and meats, chocolate tortes -- prepared by their partner, chef Agostino Sciandri. But the 43-year-old Gordon leads a double life of sorts on mornings, afternoons and weekends: The restaurateur has qualified for the Boston Marathon on Monday . The very first time I started running was 1977.
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February 9, 1991 | MELVIN DURSLAG
My name is Offset--Lou Offset. I appear here about this time each year to counter claims that marathon runs are good for (a) the runners and (b) the community. Marathons aren't good for either, or my name isn't Lou Offset. On March 3, in this earthly paradise, soiled only by earthquakes, brush fires, polluted air, gridlock and gang shootings, they are getting ready to stage Los Angeles Marathon VI, which will feature roughly 20,000 individuals romping through the city's thoroughfares.
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April 16, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
A federal judge in Boston ruled Wednesday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev may view autopsy photographs of three people who died in the Boston Marathon bombings and indicated that he might ease some of the restrictions on the defendant to allow him unmonitored visits with his family. Tsarnaev, 20, has been held in federal custody since his arrest last year in the April 15 explosions at the finish line area of the marathon. He faces the death penalty if convicted of 30 counts, including detonating a weapon of mass destruction resulting in deaths.
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April 15, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
Was Boston Marathon bombing survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis right to leave a taping of “Meet the Press” the other day because producers of the news show apparently reneged on a promise not to use the names of the two brothers accused of the carnage? Haslet-Davis is the professional ballroom dance instructor whose left foot was blown off exactly one year ago today by one of the bombs allegedly planted by the Tsarnaev brothers. She is rightfully receiving a lot of attention now, because it is the anniversary of the blast and because her recovery has been remarkable.
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