Ethiopian Runners Claim Success At LA Marathon

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

Monday, 10 Mar 2014, 7:46:00 AM

Dennis Freeman

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.

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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