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2022 LA Marathon Cross Finish Line Winners – NBC Los Angeles

Kenyans John Korir and Delvine Meringor won the 37th edition of the Los Angeles Marathon today, with Meringor taking home an extra $10,000 bonus for beating Korir to the finish line.

The women’s elite field started about 18 minutes before the men’s, based on expected winning times for men and women, which organizers said would put the top female and male riders within seconds of interval before the last kilometer.

The race held the gender challenge from 2004 to 2014, with the women winning seven times and the men four. It was discontinued in 2015 when the race served as the United States Marathon Championship.

Korir, 25, won with a time of 2:09:07.13, while Meringor, 29, won with a time of 2:25:03.27.

It was the second straight LA ​​Marathon win for Korir, who won last year’s race, held in November due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The men’s race has been won by a Kenyan every year since 1999, except in 2011, 2014 and 2020 when it was won by Ethiopians. An American rider last won in 1994.

African women have won nine of the last 12 races, with runners from the former Soviet Union winning twice and Natasha Cockram of Wales winning in 2021. An American runner last won the women’s race in 1994.

Male and female winners will each receive $6,000, runners-up $2,500 each, and runners-up $1,500 each.

Kenya’s Edwin Kimutai was second in the men’s race with a time of 2:10:42.66, and Ethiopia’s Birhanu Bekele Berga was third with a time of 2:15:10.85.

Kenya’s Antonina Kwambai finished second with a time of 2:30:12.88, with Ethiopia’s Biruktayit Eshetu Degefa third in 2:31:28.99.

Just like November, the race takes place on the “Stadium to the Stars” course which begins at Dodger Stadium and then heads west to Brentwood, where runners return to San Vicente, Sepulveda and Santa Monica Boulevards. , ending at Avenue of the Stars in Century City.

The race started at 6:30 a.m. for the wheelchair racers, followed by 6:38 a.m. for the elite women and 6:55 a.m. for the elite men and the rest
of the field.

The temperature at Dodger Stadium at the start of the race was in the mid-50s, with partly cloudy skies that cleared as the race continued, although runners faced headwinds after 10:30 a.m., Dave Bruno, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, told City News Service.

From Dodger Stadium, runners traveled through Downtown Los Angeles, Echo Park, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City, Westwood and Brentwood, then returned through Westwood to Century City.

As the build-up to next Sunday’s Oscars got underway, race photographers were lined up paparazzi style as the runners passed under the tent and alongside the giant golden statues outside the Dolby Theatre.

Organizers billed the race as a celebration of its history and Los Angeles’ rich cultural diversity, promising “more fun on the course than ever before”.

Fifteen gold stars were placed at the finish line to recognize the men and women who have played key roles in the race from its inception until last year, including co-founders Bill Burke and Marie Patrick .

Other stars will honor 1986 winners — Ric Sayre, Nancy Ditz, Bob Molinatti and Candace Cable — Rene Calvario, James Feld, Jacqueline Jacquet-Williams, Edgar Ninofranco and Larry Williams, who served as water station captains for each edition of the race, Harry Shabazian, Eric Spears and Paul Trapani, who were integral to the launch of Students Run LA in 1989, and Jake Stolmack, Team TMF’s top fundraiser in 2021.

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New entertainment highlights include:

  • Blues band Kelly’s Lot, led by marathon runner Kelly Zirbes, who will perform atop a flatbed truck near the start of the race, will travel down Sunset Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue and end their performance with a set of songs by race one block from the finish line;
  • the all-female mariachi band Las Colibri will perform on Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue;
  • The Beatles cover band, The Beatunes, will perform on the entertainment stage at Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street; and
  • a “Mellow Mile” of acoustic music as the course passes through Beverly Hills.

Particular emphasis has been placed on packing the last few miles with non-stop entertainment and surprises to inspire participants through what is traditionally the hardest and most grueling part of any marathon, including the band The Tribe performing music from their show “One-Hit Wonders”.

Last Mile performances also included Doug Legend and the Zydeco Party Band, the 1969 Rock Band performing covers of 1960s rock and blues music, the Wayback Daddies performing rock songs from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, as well as this which race organizers call “creative distractions,” including circus performers, aerial dancers, stilt walkers, jugglers, hoop dancers and ball walkers.

This year’s race drew 14,300 participants ages 12 to 88 from 45 nations and all 50 states, including 116 runners who have run the race’s previous 36 editions and nearly 2,500 from Students Run LA who don’t were unable to participate in the training program last year due to coronavirus-related restrictions on in-person gatherings, organizers said.

More than 95% of SRLA participants who attempt the marathon complete the 26-mile, 385-meter course, according to Cassidy Smith, the marketing and communications associate for the free marathon training program offered at more than 185 public schools across Greater Los Angeles area.

Malicka Taffa said she was inspired to join SRLA because she didn’t want her heart condition to prevent her from doing daily activities and she was motivated to try something new and different.

“I’ve always been afraid to run because of my heart condition,” said Malicka, a 16-year-old who attends high school in Venice. “I couldn’t be like everyone else because I had to slow down. But this year I felt an overwhelming urge to step into the unknown and see how it goes.”

The race has 60 official charities. Its main charities are:

  • Angel City Pit Bulls, which is dedicated to creating a brighter future for pit bulls through education, public awareness, adoptions and owner support;
  • Students run LA; and
  • Team World Vision, a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization seeking to tackle the causes of poverty and injustice in nearly 100 countries.

Charities featured are:

  • The Alzheimer’s Association;
  • The American Cancer Society;
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles;
  • The Justin Turner Foundation, which supports homeless veterans, children (and their families) struggling with life-changing illnesses and diseases, and youth baseball organizations;
  • Kitten Rescue, which finds homes for homeless cats and kittens; and
  • Students Off And Running (SOAR), which provides free Los Angeles Marathon training to hundreds of needy children living in the Santa Clarita Valley.

The marathon also includes the 13.1 mile charity challenge where all participants run and raise funds for one of the official charities. The Charity Challenge course begins at the marathon start line at Dodger Stadium, takes a slight detour, then merges into the marathon course near mile 6, then continues along the marathon course to end on the Avenue of the Stars.