Ethiopian long-distance runner Gebo Burka won the men’s portion of the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon with a time of two hours, 10 minutes and 37 seconds. It was an impressive performance and well deserved victory, though he was still over four minutes off the course record.
Markos Genet set the record in 2011 with a time of 2:06:35.
On the women’s side, not only did Amane Gobena of Ethiopia win the race for her classification, but she was also the top overall finisher in the entire race, setting a torrid pace with a time of 2:27:37.
The official time now according to the @LAMarathon tracker is 2:27:37 for Amane Gobena, the 1st place finisher.— LA Marathon (@lamarathon) March 9, 2014
Gobena was just over two minutes behind Lidiya Grigoryeva’s course record of 2:25:10 in 2006.
Both runners won $25,000 for their efforts, according to Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times.
Here is a look at the top finishers from the men's classification:
|6||Gabriel Proctor||United States||2:16:17|
|7||Aaron Braun||United States||2:19:51|
|9||Stephan Shay||United States||2:25:20|
|10||Adam Roach||United States||2:32:38|
Here is a look at the top finishers from the women's classification:
|3||Lauren Kleppin||United States||2:28:48|
|6||Kristen Fryburg-Zaitz||United States||2:39:42|
|9||Shannon Bueker||United States||2:53:10|
|10||Dolores Valencia||United States||2:57:58|
While the $25,000 was a rich payday for Gobena, she also managed to walk home with another $50,000 for winning the gender challenge by finishing the race first overall after the women started the race 17:41 before the men.
Staying on the women’s side, Ethiopian runner Tigist Tufa managed a second-place finish with a time of 2:28:04 and American Lauren Kleppin finished third with a time of 2:28:48.
As impressive as Kleppin’s third-place finish in the women’s classification was, it was even more noteworthy considering this was her first marathon and she still managed to accomplish the feat:
The action on the men’s side was just as intense, with Kenyan Lani Rutto taking home second prize with a time of 2:10:48, just 13 seconds off Burka's first-place pace. Defending champion Erick Mose finished in third with a time of 2:12:56.
Mose had high expectations for Sunday’s race, and his agent, Derek Froude, told Klein about what kind of finish he and his client were hoping for:
He's relatively young and clearly on an improving curve. I could see him running 2:06 or 2:07 for the marathon. If he does that, he will move substantially up in the Kenyan rankings and make a good living for himself. At that point he would be ready to contend in any marathon in the world. He wouldn't be the fastest, but he would be within a couple minutes, which means on any given day anything can happen.
Not to be outdone, Joshua George won the men's wheelchair race in 1:33:11.
The 29th edition of the LA Marathon has to be considered a success after more than 25,000 participants flooded the streets of the major metropolis to attack the 26.2-mile course.
The race began at Dodger Stadium and culminated in Santa Monica. The runners were treated to a course that ran through Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Chinatown.
The warmer temperatures—the heat was on the rise all morning—likely slowed the times, but the beautiful sunshine made for ideal circumstances for those fans watching the event along the course.
Overall, the 2014 Los Angeles Marathon was a success.