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March 20, 1999
Why do I love the L.A. Marathon? 1. Although I can shoot hoops in my backyard, I am unlikely ever to get invited onto a court with Kareem or Magic. But in the L.A. Marathon, I get to line up and take my best shot at Simon Bor--who turned in probably one of the top 10 marathon performances since Pheidippides last Sunday. 2. Although I can shoot hoops in my backyard, I am unlikely to persuade anyone to sit on the sidelines and cheer for me to do the job. But in the L.A. Marathon, for three and five and seven hours, hundreds of thousands line the streets and cheer their lungs out. For me. 3. Although I can go to the Forum to see a Laker game, I will cheer there for one team and against the other.
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March 5, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Simon Bor has been a runner for as long as he can remember, since his schoolboy days in the small Kenyan village of Kapsabet. His three children, 7, 5 and 3, watch him dash off for training runs and eagerly await the day they can join him. The slender, soft-spoken farmer has run along dusty roads in his homeland and on paved streets lined with skyscrapers in world capitals. After a brief absence, he has run back to Los Angeles, where he set the L.A.
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March 5, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Simon Bor has been a runner for as long as he can remember, since his schoolboy days in the small Kenyan village of Kapsabet. His three children, 7, 5 and 3, watch him dash off for training runs and eagerly await the day they can join him. The slender, soft-spoken farmer has run along dusty roads in his homeland and on paved streets lined with skyscrapers in world capitals. After a brief absence, he has run back to Los Angeles, where he set the L.A.
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March 20, 1999
Why do I love the L.A. Marathon? 1. Although I can shoot hoops in my backyard, I am unlikely ever to get invited onto a court with Kareem or Magic. But in the L.A. Marathon, I get to line up and take my best shot at Simon Bor--who turned in probably one of the top 10 marathon performances since Pheidippides last Sunday. 2. Although I can shoot hoops in my backyard, I am unlikely to persuade anyone to sit on the sidelines and cheer for me to do the job. But in the L.A. Marathon, for three and five and seven hours, hundreds of thousands line the streets and cheer their lungs out. For me. 3. Although I can go to the Forum to see a Laker game, I will cheer there for one team and against the other.
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March 15, 1999 | JULIE HA SEEMA MEHTA and DARRYL FEARS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
From the moment Simon Bor pulled away from a longtime friend who was now his biggest threat, his victory in Sunday's running of the Los Angeles Marathon was never in doubt. But even as the lithe 30-year-old Kenyan left the pack behind, the event's drama kept building because this was no ordinary marathon. Organizers said they would redesign the scenic yet torturously hilly 26.2-mile course if the winner failed to finish in less than two hours and 10 minutes, the benchmark of a fast marathon.
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March 14, 1999 | JERRY CROWE
Today's 14th running of the Los Angeles Marathon will be televised by Channel 13, which begins coverage at 8 a.m., 45 minutes before the start of the race. The men's field is expected to be dominated by Africans, led by Simon Bor and Chris Cheboiboch of Kenya and Moges Taye of Ethiopia. The "elite" group will be chasing the event record of 2 hours 10 minutes 19 seconds, set by Martin Mondragon of Mexico in 1988. Last year's winner, Zebedayo Bayo of Tanzania, finished in 2:11:21.
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March 5, 2007
Los Angeles Marathon men's winners: 2007: Fred Mogaka, Kenya...2:17:14 2006: Benson Cherono, Kenya...2:08:40 2005: Mark Saina, Kenya...2:09:35 2004: David Kirui, Kenya...2:13:41 2003: Mark Yatich, Kenya...2:09:52 2002: Steven Ndungu, Kenya...2:10:27 2001: Steven Ndungu, Kenya...2:13:13 2000: Benson Mutiisya Mbithi, Kenya...2:11:55 1999: Simon Bor, Kenya...2:09:25 1998: Zebedayo Bayo, Tanzania...2:11:21 1997: El Maati Chaham, Morocco...2:14:16 1996: Jose Luis Molina, Costa Rica...
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March 5, 2001
MEN *--* 1986 Ric Sayre 2:12:59 1987 Art Boileau 2:13:08 1988 Martin Mondragon 2:10:19 1989 Art Boileau 2:13:01 1990 Pedro Ortiz 2:11:54 1991 Mark Plaatjes 2:10:29 1992 John Treacy 2:12:29 1993 Joselido Rocha 2:14:28 1994 Paul Pilkington 2:12:13 1995 Rolando Vera 2:11:39 1996 Jose Luis Molina 2:13:23 1997 El-Maati Chaham 2:14:16 1998 Zebedayo Bayo 2:11:21 1999 Simon Bor 2:09:25 2000 Benson Mbithi 2:11:55 2001 Stephen Ndungu 2:13:13 *--* WOMEN *--* 1986 Nancy Ditz 2:36:27 1987 Nancy Ditz 2:35:24
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March 6, 2000
Men *--* 1986 Rick Sayre 2:12:59 1987 Art Boileau 2:13:08 1988 Martin Mondragon 2:10:19 1989 Art Boileau 2:13:01 1990 Pedro Ortiz 2:11:54 1991 Mark Plaatjes 2:10:29 1992 John Treacy 2:12:29 1993 Joselido Rocha 2:14:28 1994 Paul Pilkington 2:12:13 1995 Rolando Vera 2:11:39 1996 Jose Luis Molina 2:13:23 1997 El-Maati Chaham 2:14:16 1998 Zebedayo Bayo 2:11:21 1999 Simon Bor 2:09:25 2000 Benson Mbithi 2:11:55 *--* Women *--* 1986 Nancy Ditz 2:36:27 1987 Nancy Ditz 2:35:24 1988 Blanca Jaime 2:36:11
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March 1, 2002 | John Ortega
With a flatter and presumably faster course for the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday, Kenyan Benson Mbithi is intent on bettering the time of 2 hours 9 minutes 25 seconds set by countryman Simon Bor in the 1999 race. Bor's time is the only sub-2:10 clocking in the L.A. Marathon since the race began in 1986, but Mbithi said Thursday at a news conference that it could be bested this year. "We all want to break it," said Mbithi, who finished third last year after winning the 2000 race in 2:11:55.
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March 15, 1999 | JULIE HA SEEMA MEHTA and DARRYL FEARS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
From the moment Simon Bor pulled away from a longtime friend who was now his biggest threat, his victory in Sunday's running of the Los Angeles Marathon was never in doubt. But even as the lithe 30-year-old Kenyan left the pack behind, the event's drama kept building because this was no ordinary marathon. Organizers said they would redesign the scenic yet torturously hilly 26.2-mile course if the winner failed to finish in less than two hours and 10 minutes, the benchmark of a fast marathon.
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February 24, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
May May Ali, eldest daughter of boxing great Muhammad Ali, has set a modest goal for herself at this year's Los Angeles Marathon. "I want to finish before they let the traffic back out on the streets," said Ali, a writer who performs stand-up comedy and does social work. "I don't want to be running next to cars and taxis." The elite women are scheduled to start at 7:57 a.m.
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March 6, 2005 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Fueled with carbs and the Kenyan dish ugali from Saturday's pre-race dinner -- and inspired by a pep talk from 1984 Olympic marathon gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson -- participants in today's Los Angeles Marathon and bike tour prepared to enjoy the rare treat of traffic-free streets while they run, walk, cycle and roll along the 26-mile, 385-yard course.
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