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Asics L.A. Marathon

Alexandra Duliba, 27, sets a Belarus national record in her first marathon and wins $75,000, including gender-challenge bonus. Kenya’s Erick Mose is men’s winner.

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More than 24,000 people from around the world hit the pavement on Sunday for the 2013 Asics L.A. Marathon.

They ran from the Stadium to the Sea, and KTLA was there every step of the way with full team coverage. Christina Pasucci has more.

LOS ANGELES — That first marathon is an arduous task, requiring months of conditioning, with great unknowns about how one’s body can withstand the 26-plus-mile toll of running on asphalt amid a crowd of 24,000 runners.

But it also can go as smoothly as Sunday morning at the Asics L.A. Marathon for Belarus’ Aleksandra Duliba, who at 27 won the women’s race in her marathon debut to pocket $75,000, which included the event’s $50,000 gender-challenge bonus.

In the men’s race, Erick Mose, 26, a Mexican-born runner with Kenyan citizenship, topped a Kenyan sweep of the podium by winning in 2 hours 9 minutes 44 seconds, ahead of his best friend Julius Keter and compatriot Nicholas Chelimo.

“I had 31/2 months of training for this marathon, and by the end I was confident I’d run a good, fast time,” Duliba said. “I had a chance to look around at the trees and the houses. Everything was so beautiful.”

Duliba completed the 26.2-mile course from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier in 2:26:08, 4:24 faster than her nearest pursuer, Ethiopia’s Zemzem Ahmed.

The time was a Belarus national record by 15 seconds, and probably qualifies her for the track and field world championships.

Elite women runners were given a head start of 18:35 over the elite men. Duliba finished 2:09 ahead of Mose to win the gender challenge.

Other than a troubling moment around the 24.5-mile marker, when she grimaced while grabbing a twitching right hamstring, Duliba was the picture of calm, often smiling as she ran.

As she strode to victory, she often checked a stopwatch on her wrist and kilometer-to-mile conversion notes she had written on her hands to ensure her mile split times were on the desired pace.

“The people playing music and cheering made me happy,” said Duliba, who said she was initially interested in running in Los Angeles because her favorite television show is “Californication.”

Mose, meanwhile, broke away from Keter in the 24th mile after spending most of the race in a pack with up to nine others. Mose’s winning time was 47 seconds faster than Keter’s, with Chelimo another 12 seconds back.

Mose credited his training in the mountains above Mexico City for a personal-best time that earned him $25,000. He ran a faster time in the second half of the race than in the first 13-plus miles.

“The first half was hard, but by 19 miles, I felt I could win the race,” Mose said. “I was feeling very good and fast.”

Not fast enough to catch Duliba, however. Mose said despite some conspiring by male runners earlier in the race to accelerate their pace, he found himself nearly three minutes behind at the 24-mile mark.

“We tried, but we could not catch the ladies,” Mose said.

Keter, grandson of Kenyan Olympic running legend Kip Keino, said he was done in around the 24th mile too, when he accidentally spilled water up his nose while sipping from a bottle.

“I tried to catch up to my friend and couldn’t,” Keter said. “I feel I could have won, but at least I ran my best time.”

Defending men’s champion Simon Njoroge faded from the pack before the 20th mile, and Cal State Fullerton product Nick Arciniaga finished seventh (2:17:04).

The women’s race featured top-five finishes from 40-year-old Deena Kastor of Agoura Hills (third place, 2:32:39) and 48-year-old Colleen De Reuck of Boulder, Colo. (fifth, 2:41:44).

“A lot of the 24,000 people who ran this race today have amazing stories, and those mothers out there inspire me,” said Kastor, the mother of a 2-year-old.

“My stomach was upset the first six miles, but I stayed engaged mentally. I gave 100% of myself, but it was an 80% day.”

In the wheelchair divisions, Krige Schabort of the U.S. overcame a tire coming off his rim by the second mile to produce a record time (1:30:50), his fourth consecutive L.A. Marathon victory, and Susannah Scaroni won the women’s race.

-Los Angeles Times

Erick Mose of Kenya finished the 2013 LA Marathon with a winning time of 2:09:43. For the women, Alexandra Duliba of Belarus was the first to cross the finish line with a time of 2:26:08.

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03/16/13

Sunday’s L.A. Marathon Road Closures

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Marathon closed a swath of city streets to traffic extending from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica beginning early Sunday morning and lasting through the better part of the afternoon.

The race begins on Sunday at 6:55 a.m. for wheelchairs, 7:00 a.m. for hand cycles and 7:25 a.m. for all other participants.

Traffic was affected in many areas of the city, especially for those traveling in the vicinity of the event, which follows the same route as last year and roughly tracks east to west along Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.

View Road Closure Map: The 28th Los Angeles Marathon

Staggered street closures began at 3:15 a.m. Sunday near the stadium and lasted from seven to nine hours along the 26.2-mile route. In addition, Caltransclosed off- and on-ramps or lanes to exit and entry point to the 101, 110 and 405 freeways.

View Course Map: The 28th Los Angeles Marathon

The city Department of Transportation had said it would strictly enforce a restricted, no-parking policy for the marathon during listed times. Vehicles that have not been moved were to be cited and impounded at the nearest official police garage.

More event information is available at LAmarathon.com or trafficinfo.lacity.org.

Those seeking to use public transportation can contact Metro at (323) GO METRO (466-3876) or visit the agency’s trip planner site at metro.net.

-Los Angeles Times

Athletes ran L.A.’s Big 5K race on Saturday at Dodger Stadium before Sunday’s marathon.

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — L.A. Marathon runners are warming up at the Big 5K at Dodger Stadium on Saturday.

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Marathon will close a swath of city streets to traffic extending from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica beginning early Sunday morning and lasting through the better part of the afternoon, authorities said.

The race begins on Sunday at 6:55 a.m. for wheelchairs, 7:00 a.m. for hand cycles and 7:25 a.m. for all other participants.

View Course Map: The 28th Los Angeles Marathon

Officials warn that traffic will be affected in many areas of the city, especially for those traveling in the vicinity of the event, which follows the same route as last year and roughly tracks east to west along Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.

View Road Closure Map: The 28th Los Angeles Marathon

Staggered street closures begin at 3:15 a.m. Sunday near the stadium and last from seven to nine hours along the 26.2-mile route. In addition, Caltrans will be closing off- and on-ramps or lanes to exit and entry point to the 101, 110 and 405 freeways.

The city Department of Transportation said it will strictly enforce a restricted, no-parking policy for the marathon during listed times. Vehicles that have not been moved will be cited and impounded at the nearest official police garage.

More event information is available at LAmarathon.com or trafficinfo.lacity.org.

Those seeking to use public transportation can contact Metro at (323) GO METRO (466-3876) or visit the agency’s trip planner site at metro.net.

-Los Angeles Times

Gayle Anderson was live in Griffith Park with the fastest runners, the youngest runners, and members of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation runners, participating in the ASICS LA Marathon.

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Marathon will close a swath of city streets to traffic extending from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica beginning early Sunday morning and lasting through the better part of the afternoon, authorities said.

The race begins on Sunday at 6:55 a.m. for wheelchairs, 7:00 a.m. for hand cycles and 7:25 a.m. for all other participants.

View Course Map: The 28th Los Angeles Marathon

Officials warn that traffic will be affected in many areas of the city, especially for those traveling in the vicinity of the event, which follows the same route as last year and roughly tracks east to west along Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.

View Road Closure Map: The 28th Los Angeles Marathon

Staggered street closures begin at 3:15 a.m. Sunday near the stadium and last from seven to nine hours along the 26.2-mile route. In addition, Caltrans will be closing off- and on-ramps or lanes to exit and entry point to the 101, 110 and 405 freeways.

The city Department of Transportation said it will strictly enforce a restricted, no-parking policy for the marathon during listed times. Vehicles that have not been moved will be cited and impounded at the nearest official police garage.

More event information is available at LAmarathon.com or trafficinfo.lacity.org.

Those seeking to use public transportation can contact Metro at (323) GO METRO (466-3876) or visit the agency’s trip planner site at metro.net.

-Los Angeles Times

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