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Elisha Barno and Askale Merachi won the 34th Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon

March 24, 2019

Elisha Barno (Kenya) and Askale Merachi (Ethiopia) won today’s34th edition of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. These athletes bested a field of 24,000 registered runners over the iconic “Stadium to the Sea” race from the world famous Dodger Stadium to the beach in picturesque Santa Monica.

In a the closest men’s race in LA history, Elisha Barno charged to the lead just pastmile 26 and solidified the win in the time of 2:11:45, just seven seconds over second place. John Korir (Kenya), brother of two-time Kenyan-winner Wesley Korir, was second (2:11.52) and Juan Luis Barrios (Mexico) finished in third (2:11:59). The pack was together for 21 miles when the racing really started, hitting halfway in 1:08.11 with winner Barno. Barno closed out the race with a blazing 1:30:34 second half to earn second Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon victory following his previous win in 2017.

Askale Merachi took the lead in the women’s race at 6k from Lucy Karimi (Kenya) and Cynthia Jerop (Kenya) winning with a new course record time of 2:24.11, a time that was Meskale’s personal best by nearly six minutes. The previous course record of 2:25:10 was held by Lidiya Grigroyeva (Russia) in 2006. Cynthia Jerop and Lucy Karimi finished in second and third, respectively, with a personal best of 2:25.41 and 2:26.15.

In the wheelchair race, California native Jenna Rollman (USA) took home the gold as the women’s champion with a finishing time of 1:51.16. In the men’s contest,Joshua Cassidy (Canada) bested the other competing athletes winning the race in 1:31.47.

Today, the Los Angeles weather played out perfectly for a marathon with temperatures in the 60s and overcast conditions. The race’s Stadium to the Sea Course celebrated its 10th Anniversary with live entertainment, including more than 50 bands, 500 cheerleaders, 4 entertainment centers and 90 cheer zones that set the stage for an exciting day.

“It was a great day out there today, but we couldn’t have been more enthused by the way the pro races played out today”, said Tracey Russell, Chief Executive of Conqur Endurance Group. “Once again, we are extremely proud of the amazing turnout we had from the community who eagerly cheered from the neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Congratulations to our winners and all the pro athlete who put it all on the line today.”

Top Five Men’s Field

1.Elisha Barno, Kenya, 2:11.45

2.John Korir, Kenya, 2:11:52

3.Juan Luis Barrios, Mexico, 2:11.59

4.Milton Rotich, KEN, 2:12.42

5.Weldon Kirui, Kenya, 2:13.24

Top Five Women’s Field

6. Askale Merachi, Ethiopia (Floral Park, NY) , 2:24.11

7. Cynthia Jerop, Kenya, 2:25.54

8. Lucy Karimi, Kenya, 2:26.15

9. Olha Skypak, Ukraine, 2:30.33

10.Jane Kibii, Kenya, 2:32.12

Top Five Men’s Wheelchair

1.Joshua Cassidy, Canada, 01:31:47.6

2.Tristan Smyth, Canada, 01:38:33.3

3.Josh George, USA, 01:39:48.8

4.Krige Schabort, USA, 01:40:07.5

5.Rafael Botello Jimenez, Spain, 01:42:37.4

Top Five Women’s Wheelchair

1.Katrina Gerhard, USA, 01:56:22.0

2.Jenna Fesemyer, USA, 02:04:13.9

3.Michelle Wheeler, USA, 01:10:29.6

4.Yen Hoang, USA, 02:11:27.3

5.Ivonne Reyas Gomez, Mexico, 02:20:49.2

For the complete list of the 2019 Skechers Performance Los Angeles marathon results, and additional information about the race, please visitwww.lamarathon.com.

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