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March 9, 2014 | By Carlos Lozano
Acknowledging concerns in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings last year, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Sunday that officials have taken every precaution to ensure that the city's marathon is safe and secure. Garcetti, who was on hand at Dodger Stadium for the kickoff of the 29th annual marathon, told KTLA that the world had changed since the Boston bombings -- in which three people were killed and dozens injured -- but that city agencies and the police department had put all necessary resources into Sunday's event to make certain there would be no problems.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla and Kurt Streeter
Is this a road race or a comedy club? Looking to boost the spirits of the approximately 25,000 runners pushing through the L.A. Marathon on Sunday, onlookers lining the route often leaned heavy on the humor.    Take Sean Nielson and his wife, Kim. Standing near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, he rang a cowbell and held a sign that read "Less Walken More Cowbell," a reference to a Christopher Walken skit on "Saturday Night...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 2014 | By Jack Dolan and Ari Bloomekatz
More than 20,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers joined early Sunday in the kickoff of the 29th annual Los Angeles Marathon -- a 26.2-mile course that runs from downtown to the ocean. The marathon officially began at 7:10 a.m. under clear skies at Dodger Stadium, with the women elite runners starting first, followed by the elite men and the full field. Street closures will run throughout downtown, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica and will remain in place for at least three hours.
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 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.
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 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.
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 7, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
As runners and walkers make their way from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica during Sunday's L.A. Marathon, motorists will face widespread rolling street closures that will surround the route. The street closures will be in various places in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.  To try to ward off congestion and commuter frustration, marathon officials have issued a course closure grid , a map of additional streets that will be closed on Sunday and various other maps and tools to navigate across the county on Sunday.
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