Thousands Race Through Streets of L.A. for Annual Marathon

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Thousands of runners trekked more than 26 miles from downtown Los Angeles to the Santa Monica shoreline on Sunday as part of the annual L.A. Marathon.

The 32nd annual Los Angeles Marathon begins at Dodger Stadium on March 19, 2017. (Credit: Patrick T. Fallon / Los Angeles Times)

More than 24,000 athletes hailing from all 50 U.S. states and 63 countries competed in the 32nd installment of the event, which kicked off just before 7 a.m. at Dodger Stadium.

Competitors from Kenya claimed the top spots in both women and men’s divisions. Kenyan national Elisha Barno, 31, crossed the finish line first just after 9 a.m. with a time of 2:11:51 to take the men’s championship, and Kenya’s Hellen Jepkurgat nabbed first place in the women’s competition with 2:34:24.

Second and third places in the men’s division were rounded out by two other Kenyans, Daniel Limo and Willy Koitile, who finished with 2:12:15 and 2:12:46, respectively.

The women’s second place finisher, Jane Kibii, also of Kenya, came in with 2:36:14. Angela Orjuela of Colombia broke the Kenyans’ clean sweep, finishing third with 2:36:20.

Riverside resident Joanna Reyes was the fastest local runner, placing fourth in women’s with a time of 2:37:56.

In the wheelchair division, Laurens Molina of Costa Rica was the top men’s finisher with 1:37:26, while Mexico’s Alicia Ibarra placed first in women’s at 2:11:16.

The race’s route spurred dozens of road closures throughout Sunday, but were reopened after 5 p.m.

Willy Koitile, Daniel Limo and Elisa Barno (from left), all Kenyan, celebrate after sweeping the men’s division after crossing the finish line of the L.A. Marathon in Santa Monica on March 19, 2017. Barno finished in first place, Limo second and Koitile third. (Credit: KTLA)

Additionally, the Pacific Coast Highway on-and off-ramp at Ocean Avenue were blocked until about 9 p.m. Ramps on the 110, 101 and 405 freeways had been closed throughout the morning but reopened by the afternoon.

The marathon wrapped up near the Santa Monica Pier at the intersection of Ocean and California avenues.

The event offered plenty of perks for spectators who didn’t want to commit to a cross-town trek, with a bevy of bands and vendors stationed throughout the race.

Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled Barno’s first name.

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