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Winners of the LA Marathon's Elite Division were Ethiopian runners Gebo Buka and Amane Gobena.
Photo by Dennis Freeman
Winners of the LA Marathon's Elite Division were Ethiopian runners Gebo Buka and Amane Gobena.

Sports, La Marathon, Santa Monica, Gebo Burka, Amane Gobena

Ethiopian Runners Claim Success At LA Marathon

Kenya's Lani Rutto celebrates his second place finish at the Asics L.A. Marathon
Photo by Arlene Karno
Kenya's Lani Rutto celebrates his second place finish at the Asics L.A. Marathon
Lauren Kleppin of the United States finished third. Kleppin is hopeful she will represent the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Photo by Arlene Karno
Lauren Kleppin of the United States finished third. Kleppin is hopeful she will represent the U.S. at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

An estimated crowd of 25,000 come out and test their wills

Posted Mar. 10, 2014, 7:46 am

Dennis Freeman / Sports Editor

The LA Marathon on Sunday belonged to Ethiopian runners Amane Gobena and Gebo Burka, both of whom claimed the Elite Division titles.

Gobena was the first to cross the finish line, thanks in part to the early start that women had over the men.

With the Santa Monica crowd cheering them on, Gobena claimed victory in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 37 seconds. Burka claimed the men's race in 2:10:37.

There were an estimated 25,000 participants in the event.

The 26.2 mile course began at the outskirts of Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and concluded on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.

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