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The scene

Runners head toward the finish line downtown Sunday during the Los Angeles Marathon. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Spectators along Hope Street cheer on a runner headed for the finish line downtown during the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Laban Moiben, left, on his way to finishing first in the Los Angeles Marathon men’s division Sunday. Moiben finished with a time of 02:13:51. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
Shirley Riley, center, prepares for the beginning of the wheelchair portion of the 2008 Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday. (Spencer Weiner / Los Angeles Times)
Rod Summers of Westlake Village stretches before the start of the L.A. Marathon on Sunday. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Matthew Simmons is hugged by his mother, Lisa, after crossing the finish line Sunday in the L.A. Marathon with a torch in honor of his father who was killed in the line of duty. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Runners jog at the back of the pack Sunday during the start of the Los Angeles Marathon near Universal City. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)