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March 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Hundreds of marathon runners outfitted in bright shirts and shorts lighted up downtown Los Angeles early Sunday morning as friends and family members shouted, waved encouraging signs, guided them to water and urged them to keep going. Maria Perez and her family made it to the sidelines just five minutes before runner Coco Vasquez passed them. When the smiling woman saw her relatives jumping up and down, she ran over to hug all six of them before taking off again down the street. Perez, 53, said this is the second time she has watched her sister run Los Angeles' big race.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Jack Dolan and Samantha Schaefer
As hundreds of midpack marathoners rounded the corner of 1st and Spring in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday morning, signs of strain were just beginning to show.  With four miles behind them and the steep hill up to the Disney Concert Hall around the corner, starting-line smiles were dissolving into masks of determination. But not for first-time marathoner Jesse Zigelstein, 40, of Los Angeles, who cruised by, grinning. “He looks pretty friggin' happy,” said his wife, Jill Bernheimer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Teresa Watanabe
They've fought torrential rain and strong winds before, but L.A. Marathon runners have rarely seen the heat they did Sunday - or the large number of first-aid calls the warm weather produced. At the L.A. Marathon's finish line in Santa Monica, city firefighters aided 95 runners, sending 16 to area hospitals, for such problems as dehydration, cramps, chest pains and exhaustion, according to Battalion Chief Jeff Furrows. That was twice the usual number of runners requesting aid, he said.
SPORTS
March 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Amane Gobena glanced over her shoulder several times as she approached the final stretch of Sunday's L.A. Marathon. Gobena, of Ethiopia, wanted to make sure that no one could threaten her shot at a $75,000 payday. She had no need to worry. Gobena won the women's race in 2 hours 27 minutes 37 seconds to earn $25,000. Countryman Gebo Burka won the men's race in 2:10:37, but his time was not fast enough to overcome the 17-minute 41-second head start afforded the women as part of the event's $50,000 gender challenge.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The cloudy morning was brightening, the pavement turning hot. The L.A. Marathon had been on for about four hours, and at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Drive in Beverly Hills - roughly the 16-mile mark - dozens of volunteers edged the course, eagerly bopping along with outstretched arms, handing water to passing runners.  A pair of Boy Scouts tossed water onto grateful race participants. A runner leaned her head back and spread her arms, letting the water hit her. A beaming Jordyn Jackson, 13, handed out cups to loping marathoners.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The L.A. Marathon, being held Sunday morning, usually bring concerns about traffic and street closures. But this year, there is an added issue: The beginning of daylight saving time. Clocks should spin forward at 2 a.m. Sunday. Tracey Russell, the marathon's chief executive, told The Times' Rene Lynch Friday that marathon officials have been doing everything possible to get the word out to competitors: "Remember to set the clocks forward an hour. " RELATED: Hey L.A. Marathoners: Don't forget to change the clocks!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Amina Khan and Catherine Saillant
The Marathon Crash Race is officially canceled. But the "fun ride" is on. "The city really, really, really, really wanted me to get a permit," said Don Ward, organizer of the bicycling group Wolfpack Hustle and the annual Marathon Crash Race. "So they worked really hard to get a permit - and as of Friday night, 8 p.m., they got me a permit. " Ward credited officials from the Los Angeles Police Department, the city attorney's office and the mayor's office as key players in helping to obtain a permit to make Sunday's ride a reality.
NATIONAL
March 8, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Legendary -- "very famous or well-known" -- How a Jackson County Spelling Bee coordinator  two weeks ago described running out of words to give to seventh-grader Kush Sharma and fifth-grader Sophia Hoffman in Kansas City, Mo. The pair survived 66 rounds before the list of words was exhausted. Slobber -- " to let saliva or liquid flow from your mouth " -- One of the words spelled Saturday when the pair reconnected for another 29 rounds. Boodle -- " a collection or lot of persons " -- What the Helzberg Auditorium at the Kansas City Central Library saw Saturday, forcing organizers to set up a television outside, allowing more people to see the duel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2014 | By Amina Khan and Catherine Saillant
The Marathon Crash Race is officially canceled. But the "fun ride" is on. “The city really, really, really, really wanted me to get a permit,” said Don Ward, organizer of the bicycling group Wolfpack Hustle and the annual Marathon Crash Race. “So they worked really hard to get a permit - and as of Friday night at 8 p.m. they got me permit.” Ward credited officials from the Los Angeles Police Department, the city attorney's office and the mayor's office as key players in helping to obtain a permit to make Sunday's ride a reality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Join Los Angeles Times staff writer Laura J. Nelson for an L.A. Now Live discussion at 12:30 p.m. on the Marathon Crash Race and why the city of Los Angeles has clamped down on the popular ride. We're also planning on having one of the organizer's of the race, Roadblock of Wolfpack Hustle, join us during the chat and serve as a panelist during the discussion. For four years, thousands of cyclists have descended on Los Angeles for what is often considered the biggest underground bicycle race in the country  -- a 4 a.m. sprint along the empty L.A. Marathon route before the runners and walkers take it over for the sanctioned event.
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