It was a beautiful day for the 35th running of the LA Marathon. The temperature hovered around 11 C with sunny skies, as runners left Dodger Stadium en route to the coast.
The men’s race saw a strong debut from Ethiopia’s Bayelign Teshager, who took the win in 2:08:25. The runner is only 19 years old and turns 20 on Monday. The women’s title went to Margaret Muriuki of Kenya, who led from start to finish to take the race in 2:29:57.
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New Zealand’s Zane Roberston, who’s the half-marathon national record-holder and was a favourite to win the LA race, didn’t finish on Sunday. The runner came in with a 2:08 personal best from the Gold Coast Marathon in 2019.
Robertson wrote on Instagram, “Today’s race went off at 2:06 pace, on one of the toughest courses I’ve ever seen. It’s never flat, always up and down. Kilometre six was a 2:52 K and kilometre 25 was a 2:48. My lack of preparation started to show at around 27K before I faded at 29K dropping off the leaders. I decided to finish the race no matter what and jogged it in the last 13K.” Robertson was in a car accident earlier this year and is in the process of making a comeback to marathon fitness.
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Today was not a great result for me. However I do understand why. Today's race went off at 2.06 pace on one of the toughest courses I've ever seen. It's never flat always up and down. Km 6 was 2.52 and km 25 was a 2.48. My lack of preparation started to show at around 27km before I faded at 29km dropping off the leaders. I decided to finish the race no matter what and jogged it in the last 13km. . The last few months have been very hard to complete training sessions sometimes having to take 3 days off here and there. My left hip took a bump in that car accident and I've never been able to get the treatment I needed for an extended length of time. . I still Love LA and I definitely plan on @lamarathon next year. I never give up when the road gets though I just get motivated. Observatory comes to us all even the pros so remember see the positive in an outcome. 2 months ago I wasn't walking now I'm racing a marathon. . LA what fantastic support out there on the road "go Robertson" "smash it Zane" all I could hear Thank you. Congratulations to the winners, and all of the finishers! #illbeback #LAMarathon #imovela #werunla #la #California
The hilly course hits some of the best spots in Los Angeles. Starting at the stadium, runners get to see Silver Lake, Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Sunset Boulevard and the Santa Monica Pier. The course is really a running tour of LA.
The fastest Canadian of the day was Vancouver’s Nicholas Browne, who finished in 2:33:04 for 17th overall. The time was just shy of Browne’s personal best of 2:27. The first Canadian woman across the line was April Ferguson of Ottawa, who finished in 3:22:31.
Full results can be found here.