Liz Guillen, 38, of Santa Ana, giggled with anticipation as she scanned the crowd of thousands of runners for her friend, Rina Padula.
Liz and her sister, Sam Guillen, 27, of Hollywood, and their friend Myrna Ramirez, 39, of San Gabriel, stood near Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue. They each consulted smartphone apps, trying to keep track of Padula so they wouldn’t miss her. All they knew was she was in a red hat, and she was getting close.
“There are so many red hats!” Ramirez said, laughing. They cheered on everyone in a red cap, just in case.