You’ll know her by her entourage

Marathon runner Julie Weiss displays her medals.
(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
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If you are watching the L.A. Marathon on Sunday, you might spot Julie Weiss by her bouncing blond ponytail, her purple outfit or the purple balloon she plans to tie to her waist. It will be emblazoned with a “52.”

You might also recognize her by the mob scene in her wake.

Friends and relatives who lost loved ones to pancreatic cancer and patients themselves are coming from near and far to spirit Weiss across that final finish line.

—Rene Lynch