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Los Angeles Marathon

Runners take off from the starting line at the the Los Angeles Marathon. (Francine Orr / LAT)
The elite men’s athletes seem to float gracefully over the pavement during the Los Angeles Marathon, in Los Angeles, CA Sunday March 19, 2006. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Lance Benson, 32, of Miami, Fla., is flanked by the men’s elite runners in the Los Angeles Marathon. (Francine Orr / LAT)
Grigoryeva, of Russia, breaks the tape at the finish line of the Los Angeles Marathon, winning the elite women’s portion of the race with course record time of 2:25:10. (Rene Macura / AP)
Cherono holds his hands up in victory, crossing the line to win the elite men’s portion of the 21st Los Angeles Marathon. Gete Wami of Ethiopia, front, placed second in the women’s elite. (Rene Macura / AP)
Benson Cherono, of Kenya, center, and Lidiya Grigoryeva, of Russia, right, give a thumbs-up next to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa after each won their category of the Los Angeles Marathon in record times, Sunday, March 19, 2006. (AP)