SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com/AP) — Kenyans Elisha Barno and Hellen Jepkurgat have won the men’s and women’s titles at the Los Angeles Marathon.
Barno pulled away from 2015 winner Daniel Limo of Kenya in the final mile of Sunday’s race, crossing the finish line at the Santa Monica Pier in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 53 seconds.
Limo finished third last year in the 26.2-mile race that begins at Dodger Stadium and finishes at the Pacific Ocean.
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Jepkurgat won the women’s race in 2:34.23, nearly 2 minutes ahead of fellow Kenyan Jane Kibii, who finished in 2:36.14.
The marathon, now in its 32nd year, drew 24,000 athletes.
Of the participants, about 3,000 included Los Angeles-area school students who are part of Students Run L.A., an organization that trains youth for the completion of the marathon.
“We do this for fun. We do this because we live for running and we do this because we love running,” said a 15-year-old participant, who attends Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School in Boyle Heights.
For the eighth consecutive year, the race was run along the “Stadium to the Sea” course from Dodger Stadium to Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica.
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