Sunday March 24th, 2019
Los Angeles, California
Distance: Marathon · 5K
The LA Marathon is an annual running event held each spring in Los Angeles, Calif. The 26.219 mile (42.195 km) footrace, inspired by the success of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, has been contested every year since 1986. While there are no qualifying standards to participate in theSkechers PerformnceLA Marathon, runners wishing to receive an official time must successfully complete the course in eight hours. To date, there have been 459,570 official finishers.
Los Angeles is a popular venue for novice marathoners, and on average 53 percent of the runners who make up the field are attempting a marathon for the first time. The Marathon has been through several course layouts since its inception, most of which started and finished in downtown Los Angeles. On Sept. 25, 2008, former Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team owner Frank McCourt, through his affiliate, LA MARATHON LLC, acquired the operating rights to the marathon.
Less than 14 months later, on Nov. 9, 2009, race organizers unveiled a new “Stadium to the Sea” course which shifted the starting line to Dodger Stadium and the finish line to the Santa Monica Pier. Due to the enthusiasm generated by the dynamic new point-to-point course, the 2010 edition of the race drew 26,054 registrants (22,361 finishers), making it the largest field in the history of the event.
|2nd Male||2:11:57||Gebresadik Adihana||25||Ethiopia|
|3rd Male||2:12:47||Elisa Barno||32||Kenya|
|4th Male||2:15:51||Ihor Russ||29||Ukraine|
|2nd Female||2:33:57||Tsehay Desalegn||26||Ethiopia|
|3rd Female||2:34:01||Hellen Jepkirgat||29||Kenya|
|4th Female||2:34:24||Christina Vergara-Aleshi||36||Henderson, NV|
KENYANS ELISHA BARNO AND HELLEN JEPKURGAT WIN 2017 SKECHERS PERFORMANCE LOS ANGELES MARATHON
Memorable Race Included Eight Official Guinness World Records
LOS ANGELES – Conqur Endurance Group, the organizer of the 32nd edition of the annual Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, is proud to announce Kenyans Elisha Barno and Hellen Jepkurgat as the male and female winners of the race.
Kenyans swept the men’s podium as Elisha Barno broke the tape with a time of 2:11:52. Barno battled countryman Daniel Limo throughout the last four miles of the race, with a final surge in mile 25 to pull ahead. Limo, who placed third in 2016 and first in 2015, clocked 2:12:16 for second place. Willy Koitile finished third in 2:12:47. The reigning champion from 2016, Weldon Kirui, placed fourth in 2:13:21.
The first American man to finish was local Angeleno John Pickhaver, who placed tenth.
Hellen Jepkurgat of Kenya comfortably led the women’s pack throughout the majority of the race, ultimately breaking away at mile 13 and finishing in 2:34:23. Jepkurgat finished nearly two minutes ahead of fellow Kenyan Jane Kibii, who clocked 2:36:14. Angela Orjuela of Colombia ran neck and neck with Kibii, finishing six seconds behind Kibii in 2:36:20. America Joanna Reyes took fourth place in 2:37:55.
The winners each took home $23,000 of a total $100,000 purse.
In the wheelchair race, reigning women’s champion Alicia Ibarra of Mexico bested her 2016 time to finish in 2:11:16. Costa Rican Laurens Molina won the men’s contest in 1:37:26. Both athletes earned $2,500 of a $9,500 purse.
Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon Prevails as Fourth Largest Marathon in the US and Tenth Largest Worldwide
Nearly twenty thousand participants from all 50 states and 63 countries took to the streets of Los Angeles for the scenic “Stadium to the Sea” course, which features a landmark every mile. More than 50 bands, 500 cheerleaders, 4 entertainment centers and 90 cheer zones set the stage for an exciting course, which also featured more than 40 on-demand Snapchat Geofilters specially-designed for the race.
“Congratulations to all finishers of the 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon,” said Tracey Russell, Chief Executive of race organizer Conqur Endurance Group. “It’s amazing to see the Los Angeles community come together every year to celebrate this vibrant event. Through new and innovative partnerships, including Snapchat and Guinness World Records, the energy this year was felt across all four cities from the Stadium to the Sea and globally on social media.”
Eight athletes set official Guinness World Records while recording the fastest-ever time running a marathon dressed in costumes ranging from a boxer, a tennis player, a swimmer and a three- dimensional bird. To make these historic moments even more memorable, a Guinness World Records adjudicator was on-site to provide record-breakers with on-the-day verification.
The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon also played host to the city’s newest professional sports team, the LA Chargers. A 13-person relay team comprised of players, staff and fans including General Manager Tom Telesco, linebacker Denzel Perryman and Charger Girls, passed a football as a baton as each team member ran a leg of the race. Perryman ran the final leg alongside Asher Stewart, a young athlete from Angel City Sports, the Paralympic Sports movement in Southern California.
Reinforcing Conqur Endurance Group’s commitment to making an economic and social impact at the annual Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, athletes representing 95 charity partners ran to raise awareness and funds for their causes through the marathon’s Official Charity Program. Additionally, the race organizer once again supported the Students Run LA program, which provides at- risk students with mentors and coaching to train for and run the annual marathon. Nearly 3,500 students and mentors participated in the 2017 race.
GETTING TO THE START
Race Day Shuttles
The easiest way to get to the Start Line is by taking a complimentary pre-race shuttle.
Dropping Off at Dodger Stadium
Vehicles dropping off runners at Dodger Stadium must enter through the Golden State Gate accessible via I-5. Use the LEFT lanes leading into the Golden State Gate and proceed to the Runner Drop-Off Area in Parking Lot 4.
Parking at Dodger Stadium
Vehicles parking at Dodger Stadium must enter through the Golden State Gate accessible via I-5. Use the RIGHT lanes leading into the Golden State Gate and proceed to Parking Lots 1, 2, and 3.
The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon'sStadium to the Seacourse takes runners from Dodger Stadium across Los Angeles to a scenic finish just steps from the Santa Monica Pier.