Faces of Chicago

I spent the entire day in our booth at the Chicago Expo meeting marathoners from all over the world. It was so interesting that I felt compelled to shoot photos of some of the runners I met. It was a virtual UN of running, with so many countries represented. This is but a small sampling of my new international friends.


Lisa Hernandez
San Antonio, TX
Lisa used to live in LA, and she’s running to raise money for Livestrong.

Kionari Yoshida
Yokohama, Japan
Ken is studying to be a teacher and ran LA 4 years ago.

Glenda Anderson
Luke Marshall
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
They both work in the finance industry and run together.

Booth 689!

Colin & Kristin Cooley
Hermosa Beach, CA
Both aiming to run sub-3:20 in Chicago.

Bakhtar Lahcen, 42
Chahid Basidi, 63
From Morocco
Bakhtar has run the legendary Marathon des Sables, and they travel the world running marathons.

Benedicte Toto, 29
Cecile Canuel, 35
Paris, France
They are next door to us in the Expo working at the Paris Marathon booth.

Jay Madhure, 61
Northridge, CA
He’s run 20 consecutive LA Marathons.

Athit Thongphithak, 52
Prayut Thongphithak, 48
Chiang Mai, Thailand
Running Chicago for the first time.

Neal Glynn, 75
Chicago, IL
About to run his 37th marathon.

Jesus Nieto
Pablo Ceron
Mexico City, Mexico
Pablo is a former elite runner with PRs of 28:20 in the 10K and 13:44 in the 5K.

Rohit Vasa, 62
Chicago, IL
This will be his 55th marathon.

Charles Sayles, 72
Glendale, CA
After Sunday’s race, Charles will have run at least 2 marathons in each of 50 states.

Bill Orr
Bartow, FL
Bill is the elite coordinator for the LA Marathon, among other events.

Melissa Kaul
Anmaree Rodibaugh
Chicago, IL
They both want to move to LA!

Who’s with me in Chicago?

I’ve arrived safely at the Hilton Hotel here on Michigan Avenue. As the official host hotel of the Chicago Marathon, there’s a lot of activity here: The Nike pop-up store in the lobby, daily warm-up runs, a travel desk and the Marathon logo all over the place (even on the room keys–nice branding!). It feels like race central, and it is. Ran into Kenyan elite runner Vincent Kirpruto in the lobby tonight, along with Miriam, his agent. She says he’s fit and ready. That’s saying something, considering he’s run 2:05:47. It’s also worth noting that Wesley Korir, our 2009 LA Marathon champion, is racing here. I have to say that I’ll be rooting for him, if it’s possible to do that while I’m out huffing and puffing at my 9:00 pace!

Will be up first thing in the am for a warm-up run, then it’s off to the Expo at McCormick Place. If any of you are here, please come visit us at BOOTH 689. I’ll be there both days, and Russ will be joining me on Saturday.


Our new bigscreen TV

At Dodger games this season, I’ve often wondered what it would feel like to have a fun LA Marathon video playing on the big screen in left field. Well, I need not wonder any more. Thanks to our friends in Chavez Ravine, we’re now represented at the Stadium. The course video is now playing live during games for all 50,000 spectators to see. Love the great energy when it comes on. Here are some photos from last Monday’s game against Pittsburgh. Bert Whitson, the runner in the video, is our new Marathon celebrity!


Find a training partner at joggingbuddy.com

The LA Marathon is pleased to introduce you to http://www.joggingbuddy.com/ a FREE social network website dedicated to runners and joggers. We recognize that training can be hard and in particular its very difficult to remain motivated, so why don’t you find someone to train with? It takes only a matter of minutes to sign up and it won’t cost you anything. The website caters for people of all ages and all running abilities – from power walkers to endurance athletes, you can find a buddy to suit you.

Running into friends on San Vicente

One of the great things about running on San Vicente in Santa Monica is who you “run into”. For instance, this morning you might have seen Dodger owner Frank McCourt out running with team doctor Neal Elattrache and McCourt Group executive Howard Sunkin. Love that the owner of the LA Marathon is out putting in miles with his team.


Tonight’s the night

That’s right, registration for the 2010 Los Angeles Marathon opens tonight at midnight. By now you probably know all about the new date–March 21st, 2010–and the new Stadium to Sea course. All that’s left is to swing by our new-look website and register. While you’re there, check out the video we just completed, which is a lot of fun.

Once you’re there, you’ll see that we’ve arranged a delicious menu of main dishes:

• Los Angeles Marathon
• Roadrunners training program
• Marathon + Roadrunners together
• New Performance Nutrition 5K–Our 5K is now on Saturday, March 20th, so you can run it as a warm-up and then run the LA Marathon the next day. Also, you’ll be able to run the 5K and pick up your Marathon number at the same time and place. How convenient is that?
• Marathon + 5K together
• Win Forever Dinner with Pete Carroll–You heard that right: Pete himself will be presiding over what used to be the carbo load dinner. Now it’s dinner plus a pep talk from the Man. A custom pre-marathon fire-up just for our runners. This will be a do-not miss event, and it takes place Saturday evening, March 20th.

Choose to participate in any or all of these great events. I can give you the inside tip that we’re putting a lot of time and effort into making each and every one of these events better than they’ve ever been before.


Now open for comments

We’ve at last enabled the comment feature of this blog. Because we want to build a community around the LA Marathon, it’s important that all of you have a voice. Ideally, our relationship is a conversation, not a one-way monologue. If you feel strongly one way or another about any of our posts, please let us know. The more you, our readers, participate, the more valuable the blog becomes.


Pace Leader orientation

Getting the scoop on this year’s Roadrunners program.

“…and then you’ll actually run down Rodeo Drive!”

Salya Mohamedy, Gary Deitsch and Rod Dixon

It’s that time of year again. That’s right–you see the LA Marathon off on the horizon, and you realize it’s time to get off the couch and get on a program. What to do? How about our Roadrunners training program? Last weekend was the orientation for the 75 pace leaders that will guide our 1,500 runners along their journey to race day. It was a day for all of us to reconnect in advance of the program, and to get updated on all of the exciting changes taking place around the LA Marathon. There were some new faces in the crowd, but many of our leaders have known each other, and run together, for years. While introducing ourselves, we each had to say something about ourselves that none of the leaders had heard before. There were some winners! How about “I’m a wild animal trainer.” Or, “I’m wearing compression shorts under these sweats.”

In any case, it was a terrific morning, graciously hosted by Gary, Salya and Rod at the Del Rey Yacht Club. Race Director Nick Curl spoke about the exciting new course that will travel through many of the icons of Los Angeles. I was there to discuss our marketing direction, and our own Community Relations Director Ginger Williams was there as a Pace Leader. We’re really excited to have her as part of the Roadrunners program.

The first Roadrunners training day will be Saturday, September 12th, and we hope to see you out there. Details will be posted soon on our website, and you can sign up for the program starting September 1st.


Pete Carroll rocking our gear

All of us here at Marathon HQ are huge fans of Pete Carroll and the good work he’s doing in LA. So you can imagine how psyched we were to get this photo of Pete during a post-practice meeting the other night.

Santa Monica needs to hear you!

We’re almost exactly where we want to be with this great (and soon to be greater!) race. The Los Angeles Marathon will take place on Sunday, March 21st, 2010 on a Stadium-to-Sea course. This route will highlight the icons of Los Angeles, and we’d like to include Santa Monica on that list. This Tuesday, July 28th the Santa Monica City Council will vote on whether to allow the Los Angeles Marathon to run through Santa Monica. Would you please sign this petition urging the Santa Monica City Council to give their thumbs up to that concept? Santa Monica will be an important and great part of the new LA Marathon, and you can help us get there!

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SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 2015