Despite cold weather and heavy rain, first-timer Markos Genet of Ethiopia won the Los Angeles Marathon this morning, breaking the course record by almost two minutes with a finish time of 2:06:35. The 26.2 mile race from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica was Geneti’s first competitive marathon. The old record was set by Wes Korir, defending two-time champ, in 2009.
Geneti has had a career as a middle distance runner. He was running his first 26.2 mile race.
Ethiopia’s Buzunesh Deba won the women’s division with an unofficial time of 2:26:34. The women’s division was a seesaw between Deba and Amy Hastings, of Mammoth Lakes. Hastings was ahead for nearly the entire course before faltering at Mile 21, in Brentwood.
Deba’s victory was her seventh marathon win in the nine races she has entered. She won $25,000 and a Honda sedan, while Geneti won $125,000 for his record time, as well as a Honda.
Krige Schabirt won the wheelchair division with a time of 1:35:12. The former soldier from South Africa, who lost his legs in a war on Angola, now lives in Georgia.
Runners Face Wet, Cold Conditions
A cold rain moved into Los Angeles early Sunday, and cases of mild hypothermia were reported later in the race.
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