The Los Angeles Marathon was yesterday. Record heat caused the race to start early, and thirty-six people still ended up in the hospital.
Ryan Hall took the elite men out fast… and then he DNF’d – AGAIN. More on that later.
The elite women went out more conservatively and the pack wasn’t whittled down until the late stages of the race.
Daniel Limo won the men’s race (2:10:36) and Ogla Kimaiyo was the women’s winner (2:34:10). Jared Ward was the top American man (3rd overall in 2:12:56) and managed a PR despite the heat. Blake Russell was the top American woman (3rd overall in 2:34:57) and she looked impressive at 39 years young.
Here are the results of the top American men – all of these athletes qualified for Olympic Trials:
Here are the results of the top American women – all of these athletes qualified for Olympic Trials (Meghan Peyton also qualified for Olympic Trials):
Full results of the Los Angeles Marathon are available here.
New York City
Meanwhile, in the New York City Half Marathon, the men’s race came down to the wire. Leonard Korir, who wasn’t even listed in the media guide, outkicked Stephen Sambu to take the win (1:01:06).
In the women’s race, Molly Huddle was dominant. She became the first American to win the race and tied the event record (1:08:31). Not only that – after the race, she hinted at a marathon in 2015. Personally, I think she might be interested in running the marathon in the Rio Olympics and she’ll use a fall marathon in 2015 to try the distance on for size. She is one of the fastest women in the world, and her chance of a gold medal is much better in the marathon than in the 5,000m or 10,000m.
The top 10 women from the NYC Half Marathon are here:
The top 10 men from the NYC Half Marathon are here:
The following Americans qualified for Olympic Trials at the NYC Half Marathon:
Full results of the NYC Half Marathon are available here.
F*ck This. I’m Going Running: The Ryan Hall Game
Here are the results of the game:
Nobody else predicted a Ryan DNF, so it comes down to the tiebreaker!
Sara Hall ran 2:48:02.
I’ll email you three to get addresses for your prizes.