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November 7, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
The Malibu international marathon has been a fun, recreational event throughout its brief existence. “We have barefoot runners and normal runners and we all run multiple races throughout the year,” said Hale Kpetigo, the race's director. “We're a small and a young race.” Its fourth edition, to take place Sunday, will have a more serious purpose. The marathon and accompanying half-marathon have opened their doors to runners who planned to participate in last Sunday's New York marathon before that race was can celled in deference to the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy around the New York area.
April 26, 2014 | By James Barragan
The NCAA and its member institutions often refer to "student-athletes," but the front side of the term isn't often highlighted in a sports section. We asked officials from the Southland's Division I universities to point us toward their best and brightest - the teams that made classroom performance a priority. Here is what we found at Loyola Marymount: The Seaver School of Science and Engineering at Loyola Marymount is not for the faint of academic heart. But it's where a fair share of Loyola Marymount athletes - 27 of 395 to be exact - focus their studies.
April 16, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
The 2012 Boston Marathon is off and running, though there may not be quite as many participants as expected doing the actual running due to the potentially dangerous heat expected during Monday's race. The temperature was 69 degrees when the wheelchair racers left Hopkinton for the start of the race at 9:17 a.m. ET, and had risen to 71 when the women started at 9:32 and was up to 73 when the rest of the field took off at 10. By the time the runners get to Boston's Back Bay, they could be facing temperatures in the mid-80s.
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.
March 17, 2013 | By Henry Chu
ROME - Snarled traffic, cheering crowds, well-wishers from around the world. Pope Francis' first scheduled public appearance? That, and the Rome Marathon too. The annual long-distance race clashed on the calendar Sunday with the new pope's inaugural Angelus blessing in St. Peter's Square, but both brought thousands of people onto the streets of Rome and Vatican City, including some who happily switched their attention between haggard runners clad...
May 16, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
Boston Marathon runners who were prevented from finishing the 26.2-mile race because bombs went off at the finish line have been invited to come back and run in 2014, according to race organizers. The Boston Athletic Assn. said 5,633 people were stopped when the race was shut down at 11:50 a.m. PST. They will each be allowed to register early for next year's marathon. "The opportunity to run down Boylston Street and to cross the finish line amid thousands of spectators is a significant part of the entire Boston Marathon experience," association executive director Tom Grilk said in a news release.
March 9, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Take your pick next weekend: a 26.2-mile sweat-slicked slog or a 3.1-mile jog in which you are likely to get blasted with powders in all the colors of the rainbow. Guess which one is called the Graffiti Run? "Most people, when they do their first 5K, it's daunting. We're really nonjudgmental," says Nadia Madesan, the run coordinator. "Our run is really friendly to everyone. " The website ( ) says, "So feel free to run, walk, dance, crawl, roll, piggyback ride or somersault your way through the color madness.
March 18, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
The L.A. Marathon, which was held Sunday , has in the past brought me both joy and anger: joy, as a first-time race finisher in 2011, when a brutal late-winter storm that dumped buckets of rain and buffeted runners made meeting my goal time feel especially satisfying; and angst, as a driver caught in unbearable-even-for-L.A. traffic because of the street closures that allow more than 20,000 runners to jog safely through the city. Both experiences are hard to relate to anyone who hasn't gone through them.
March 12, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Anyone who plans to run the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday should also plan to wear a hat. And old shoes. Those are just two pieces of advice from physicians from the Keck Medical Center at USC who talked with us online on Monday about preparing for and recovering from a 26.2-mile run. “I wouldn't even do a 10K in brand new shoes,” said Dr. Sharon Orrange, an internist at Keck who has run the marathon and worked at the finish...
July 13, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The new show runners of "Community"  had barely taken their seats on the show's Comic-Con panel on Friday morning before trying to calm the nerves of the show's dedicated fan base. "It's all going to be OK," new co-show runner David Guarascio told the assembled crowd in Ballroom 20. "A couple of months ago we were a lot like you, fans of the show. Now we're here helping to keep it going. We want to keep it the weird, wonderful gem that it is. And that's not going to change. " The show's fourth season hasn't begun shooting yet, but it'll sure be looked at with more than a little skepticism since the show's creator and previous show runner, Dan Harmon, was abruptly fired earlier this summer.
April 12, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - The arrest of a front-runner in the race for California secretary of state on corruption charges has made ethics a key issue for the seven candidates still in the contest. State Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) quit the race after his arrest last month on charges of taking payments in exchange for official favors and conspiring to illegally traffic in firearms. He has pleaded not guilty. As the remaining candidates focus on the best way to clean up Sacramento, Yee's stumble has thrown the June primary competition wide open.
April 1, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A runner who disappeared on a Sierra foothills trail two days ago was found Tuesday, Placer County sheriff's officials said. Robert Root, 55, of Modesto, was talking to rescuers, but no further information was available, a sheriff's spokesman told the Sacramento Bee . He was found about two miles from the command area, Fox40 reported. Root, an experienced trail runner, went missing during a training run Sunday after he became separated from other runners. He was last seen 9:30 a.m. Sunday.
March 11, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- In court testimony during the athlete's murder trial Tuesday, a friend of South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius offered a portrait of a young man who “loved weapons” and shouted angrily at a policeman who picked up his gun and ejected a bullet from it. The friend, Darren Fresco, recounted Pistorius' angry reaction when questioned about his gun by police who had stopped Fresco for speeding. Pistorius and the athlete's then-girlfriend were passengers.
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.
March 9, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy and Jack Dolan
Two portable medical facilities set up near the L.A. Marathon's finish line in Santa Monica were packed Sunday afternoon with injured and dehydrated runners seeking relief from the 26.2-mile race. Alexis Perez-Rogers, a first-year medical student working at one of the facilities, said more than 50 people had stopped for help since 11 a.m.  VIDEO:Crossing the finish line "We have everything from ibuprofen to IV fluids, if necessary,” said Perez-Rogers.  Most needed ice or water, but others sought additional aid in cots set up in the back.
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.
April 15, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia, Joseph Tanfani and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
BOSTON - The first explosion sounded like it could have been loud thunder - except that it was a beautiful spring day, not a cloud in the sky. Then came the second, a smell of sulfur, and the screams of the injured and the frightened as blood streaked the finish line of the nation's most famous marathon. "I had literally just stepped on the finish line when ... I heard the explosion," said Lorraine Bubar, 61, a Los Angeles artist running her first race. "Instantly, I was like, 'Oh my God, a bomb.'" Injured people and body parts lay on the street.
April 17, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Run for Boston. A phrase circulating among running communities nationwide made its way to the Santa Monica Pier on Wednesday, where dozens gathered to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The impromptu run was organized largely through word of mouth, social media and text message. The runners met at the pier at 6 a.m. with a 26.2-mile route -- marathon distance -- mapped out. FULL COVERAGE: Boston Marathon attack " Calling all of LA's runners and run clubs/teams together to run in unity in honor of the 2013 Boston Marathon tragedy," according to a Facebook event posting by the L.A. Speed Project.
March 7, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The first active Division I-A athlete to sue the NCAA over concussions wants out of the lawsuit. "I am no longer a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois vs. NCAA," Stanford runner Jessica Tonn wrote in an email. "While I am supportive of advocacy for concussion awareness, I have no desire to be involved in legal matters of this or any other sort. " Filed Wednesday, the 65-page complaint alleges that the NCAA inadequately educated athletes and coaches about concussions and didn't implement return-to-play guidelines.
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