Tens of thousands of runners are completing their trek from Dodger Stadium to the Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.
Weldon Kirui, a 29-year-old from Kenya, was the first to cross the finish line shortly after 9 a.m. with a time of 2:11.46 for his second L.A. Marathon victory in three years, and Ethiopia’s Sule Utura Gedo, 28, nabbed first place in the women’s competition with a time of 2:33:50.
Second and third places in the men’s division were rounded out by Gebresadik Adihana of Ethopia and last year’s winner, Kenyan Elisha Barno, respectively. Adihana finished with a time of 2:11:57 while Barno’s was 2:12:14, according to marathon data.
The women’s second-place finisher, Tsehay Desalegn, also of Ethiopia, came in with 2:33:58. Kenyan Hellen Jepkurgat, last year’s women’s winner, took third at 2:34:10, the marathon data showed.
The top American in the women’s competition was 36-year-old Christina Vergara-Aleshire of Henderson, Nevada, who took fourth with a time of 2:34:25. For the men, Rachid Ezzouniou, a 35-year-old from El Paso, was the fastest American at 2:22:42.
And in the wheelchair division, American Krige Schabort grabbed the men’s top spot with a time of 1:35:40, while fellow American Michelle Wheeler was the fastest woman at 2:16:36.
Race officials did not immediately release full results for the wheel race.
Juan Ramon Valladares Hernandez, of Colombia, got second place in the men’s wheelchair division with a time of 1:39:29. American Brittany Charboneau took second among women in the division with a time of 2:36:26.