The Closest Los Angeles Marathon ever, and Health & Fitness EXPO


Elisha Barno (Kenya) and Askale Merachi (Ethiopia) won today’s 34th edition of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. These athletes bested a field of 24,000 registered runners over the iconic “Stadium to the Sea” race from the world famous Dodger Stadium to the beach in picturesque Santa Monica, and finishing near the Santa Monica Pier. This course is one of the most scenic in the world, taking runners on a tour of Los Angeles past every major landmark.

In the closest men’s race in LA history, Elisha Barno (Kenya) charged to the lead just past mile 26 and solidified the win in the time of 2:11:45, just seven seconds over second place. John Korir (Kenya), brother of two-time Kenyan-winner Wesley Korir, was second (2:11.52) and Juan Luis Barrios (Mexico) finished in third (2:11:59). The pack was together for 21 miles when the racing really started, hitting halfway in 1:08.11 with winner Barno. Barno closed out the race with a blazing 1:30:34 second half to earn second Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon victory following his previous win in 2017.

In this LA Marathon TV news special -we have interviews with all the winners above, and the first American, and the age-group world record holders for Men at age 70 years old, and Women age 55 years old.

Askale Merachi (Ethiopia) took the lead in the women’s race at 6k from Lucy Karimi (Kenya) and Cynthia Jerop (Kenya) winning with a new course record time of 2:24.11, a time that was Meskale’s personal best by nearly six minutes. The previous course record of 2:25:10 was held by Lidiya Grigroyeva (Russia) in 2006. Cynthia Jerop and Lucy Karimi finished in second and third, respectively, with a personal best of 2:25.41 and 2:26.15.

In the wheelchair race, California native Katrina Gerhard (USA) took home the gold as the women’s champion with a finishing time of 1:51.16. In the men’s contest, Joshua Cassidy (Canada) bested the other competing athletes winning the race in 1:31.47.

Today, the Los Angeles weather played out perfectly for a marathon with temperatures in the 60s and overcast conditions. The race’s Stadium to the Sea Course celebrated its 10th Anniversary with live entertainment, including more than 50 bands, 500 cheerleaders, 4 entertainment centers and 90 cheer zones that set the stage for an exciting day.

Top Five Men’s Field

1. Elisha Barno, Kenya, 2:11.45

2. John Korir, Kenya, 2:11:52

3. Juan Luis Barrios, Mexico, 2:11.59

4. Milton Rotich, KEN, 2:12.42

5. Weldon Kirui, Kenya, 2:13.24

Top Five Women’s Field

1. Askale Merachi, Ethiopia (Floral Park, NY) , 2:24.11

2. Cynthia Jerop, Kenya, 2:25.54

3. Lucy Karimi, Kenya, 2:26.15

4. Olha Skypak, Ukraine, 2:30.33

5. Jane Kibii, Kenya, 2:32.12

For the 2 days before this Marathon was The LA Marathon’s Health & Fitness EXPO at The LA Convention Center, with all the latest in health products for runners, athletes, and the everyday person just looking to improve their health.

In this second news segment you will learn more about the best running shoes by: Skechers, Asics, and Deckers ; clothing by, Bras by and, Skincare and Beauty products from and for Ointments, supplements from and, amazing pain relief products from, and a great massage device from, and a personalized Quilt blanket with your very own photos and designs on it from, and an amazing new way to have your own personalized supplements made for you, that is made from using the information from your very own DNA ! This is something that may change your life- as far as your health is concerned: So have a pen and paper ready when you watch these interviews- because you are about to learn a lot!

Stay tuned for live daily round-the-clock news coverage from our news staff of: Margie Rey, Steve Taylor, Chris Owen, and Richard Marcella–who will be bringing you more in depth news segments on all of these great products that were at The LA Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, and more news stories from race day at The 2019 LA Marathon. For the complete story go to:, on Facebook & Instagram: @entertainmentandsportstoday , and @lamarathon @hokaoneone

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