L.A. Marathon Runners Will Try to Beat the Competition and the Heat

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Galen Rupp leads Tyler Pennel and Meb Keflezighi as they pass a water station during the U.S. Olympic men's marathon trials on Saturday. (Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times)

Sunday’s 31st Los Angeles Marathon will not only be a race against the course and the clock, it will also be a race against Mother Nature.

Temperatures are forecast to be in the mid-50s when the wheelchair athletes push off at 6:30 a.m. from Dodger Stadium toward the Santa Monica finish line, followed by the elite women at 6:45 and the rest of the 25,000-runner field at 6:55.

But as the competition heats up, so will the weather, with temperatures expected to soar past 80 degrees just before 11 a.m. To beat the worst of the heat, runners will have to complete the downhill stadium-to-the-sea course in less than four hours.

That won’t be a problem for some.

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