March 4, 2002 |
Stephen Ndungu says he has a poor finishing kick, but there was nothing wrong with the way he ran miles 18 through 23 in the 17th Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday morning. It was during that stretch that the 34-year-old Kenyan ran six consecutive miles at faster than five minutes per mile on his way to his second consecutive victory in the men's division. Ndungu's time of 2 hours 10 minutes 27 seconds lowered his previous best of 2:11:16 and made him the first man to win consecutive L.A.
February 26, 2004 |
Mark Yatich of Kenya, the defending men's champion in the Los Angeles Marathon, has withdrawn from the March 7 race because he has malaria. Yatich won last year's race in a career-best 2 hours 9 minutes 52 seconds after surging past countryman and two-time defending champion Stephen Ndungu with less than 100 meters left in the 26-mile 385-yard race. "We got the word [Tuesday]," said Laurence Cohen, the media relations director for the marathon.
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
March 7, 2004 |
A record turnout is expected for the Los Angeles Marathon when the 19th running of the 26-mile, 385-yard race starts this morning on Figueroa Street near 6th Street. More than 24,000 people had registered for the event as of 3 p.m. Saturday, leading meet organizers to expect the number of participants in today's event to top the previous high of 22,167 set last year. The wheelchair division is scheduled to start at 8:05 a.m.
March 2, 2003 |
A record number of runners, walkers and wheelchair racers are expected to start the 18th Los Angeles Marathon this morning when the race begins near the intersection of Figueroa and 6th streets. A little more than 23,000 people entered the marathon last year and race officials said the number of entries this year had surpassed that total by Saturday afternoon. The wheelchair division of the marathon will start at 8:10 a.m.
March 1, 2002 |
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.