The 2012 Honda Los Angeles Marathon was run on Sunday, March 18, 2012. This year’s women’s race was won by Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia, and the men’s race was won by Simon Njoroge of Kenya.
Fatuma Sado of Ethiopia crossed the finish line with a time of two hours 25 minutes and 39 seconds. She beat her personal best by more than two minutes which also won her the $100,000 gender challenge bonus.
At 20 years of age, Fatuma Sado completed her fourth marathon, and her first in Los Angeles. The Ethiopian distance runner knelt to the ground just seconds after crossing the finish line.
In the 2011 Istanbul Marathon, Sado at a time of 2:28:01. For the Los Angeles Marathon, the women’s elite runners had a 17:31 head start against the men’s division. Misikir Mekonnin was the next elite women’s runner to cross the finish line.
Misiker Mekonnin is also from Ethiopia but currently lives in Albuquerque New Mexico. She finished with a time of 2 hours 28 minutes and 9 seconds (02:28:09). For the men, it was 31-year-old Simon Njoroge of Kenya, taking first place in the 26.2 mile race.
Simon Njoroge broke the tape and finished with a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 12 seconds. The race began at Dodger Stadium and finished in Santa Monica, near the corner of California Street and Ocean Avenue. Many of us were prepared for rain but the weather stayed clear, although it was windy at times. During a post race interview, several of the elite runners said the weather felt as if it had turned cooler as they came into the final miles of the race. Winds picked up on the Santa Monica shoreline for runners making their way towards the finish line.
Fatuma Sado and Simon Njoroge answered questions and posed for photos at a post race meeting with media. Congratulations to everyone that participated in the 2012 Los Angeles Marathon. I’ve posted a 2012 LA Marathon Photo Set to Flickr. If you ran in the race, or you know someone who participated, check the photos and feel free download and enjoy them. Photo credits are appreciated.
Cheers Los Angeles!