Under an agreeable cloud cover, 25,000 runners started the Los Angeles marathon to cover the new ‘stadium to the sea’ course.
There was really no clear frontrunner for either the men or the women throughout much of the race. The eventual winners stayed with the pack as the groups covered the course, with each making their respective moves after the 20 mile mark.
In the women’s race, Silvia Skvortsova led for most of the marathon. Edna Kipligat was right in the chase pack with Skvortsova. Kiplagat surged just past the Veteran’s Administration building between miles 21 and 22. Kiplagat used a hill on the VA grounds to make her move. Another pack runner, Teyba Naser, made the move with Kiplagat. There was a bit of a scuffle as Kipligat got upset with Naser nipping at her heels. It was essentially a two woman race for the next few miles. Kipligat was trying to shake Naser, moving from one side of the road to the other. Kipligat finally broke away at mile 23, finishing first in 2:25:37. Running in only her second marathon, Kipligat posted a personal best by an astonishing 25 minutes.
Men’s reigning champ Wesley Korir, wearing bib #1, stayed with the pack of five runners through about 23 miles, then Korir made a break and took the lead. His first place finish time was 2:09:19.
The men started 18:47 behind the elite women and worked hard throughout the race in an attempt to catch the women. It became clear as the elite men and women streamed down the final miles on San Vicente that the men could not make up the gap.
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