Los Angeles marathon draws inspirational runners

By Abner Galino

A woman afflicted with ALS is wheeled by her loved ones’ and supporters during the LA Marathon last Sunday. Photo © Teodoro Yap

AROUND 24,000 runners participated in the 33rd Annual Los Angeles Marathon, among them were the so-called inspirational runners who joined either draw attention to their respective causes and advocacies or raise funds for charities.

Among them, Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Justin Turner’s wife, Kourtney, who is raising funds for the veterans and their families.

Also, seen during the run were inspirational runners in wheelchairs who are drawing attention to unfamiliar yet injurious kinds of diseases such as ALS (amyotropic lateral sclerosis), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

The runners started the 26.2 mile course, dubbed as Stadium to the Sea, at Dodgers Stadium while temperature hovered at about 47 degrees.

The long line of runners snaked through downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills before reaching its finish line in the shoreline of Santa Monica, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The LA Marathon is the nation’s fourth largest marathon and the 10th biggest in the world. Its prize money is USD100,000.

Abner Galino
The author is a poet and a writer. He was a cultural worker before he became a reporter for Tinig ng Masa and Malaya Midday Edition during the Marcos regime. He later became a reporter of People's Tonight shortly after 1986 EDSA Revolution. He went on to become its Chief of Reporters, City Editor and News Editor. He retired after 15 years in the Journal Group of Publications. He now writes for Weekend Balita and the US Asian Post (USAP), weekly Filipino-American newspapers based in Los Angeles, California.

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