The inaugural half marathon 13.1 Marathon-Los Angeles drew thousands of runners and supporters at its course through Santa Monica and Venice Sunday, January 10th.
The men’s division was won by Brian Livingston, an elite athlete who finished the race in one hour, nine minutes and 18 seconds. When asked what he enjoyed most about the inaugural course, Livingston exclaimed, “Great views; great enthusiasm.”
The first-place female was Julia Stamps Mallon, who finished in one hour, 19 minutes, and 20 seconds, topping her time at the 13.1 Marathon—Ft. Lauderdale in November. Smiling as she held her young daughter at the finish line, Mallon said she enjoyed the “pretty much flat” course and “great turnout,” adding that “you can’t complain about the weather.”
The Los Angeles event was initiated by the US Road Sports & Entertainment Group in response to the growing demand for half marathon races, race organizers said. The 13.1-mile race followed a similar coastal route that the Los Angeles Marathon’s new Stadium to the Sea course will take when it finishes in Santa Monica in March.
Beginning and ending along the Santa Monica Bay, 13.1-Los Angeles offered a scenic run through Santa Monica and Venice Beach before heading east on Venice Boulevard and returning to finish along Main Street.
A closed course with fully supported aid stations, live entertainment, and medals for all finishers, this themed race celebrated “the best of Los Angeles” and greeted finishers with iconic film characters and post race replenishment, organizers said.
The second-place men’s finisher was Juan Ramirez, who completed the race in one hour, 13 minutes, and nine seconds, and the third-place finisher was Mike Davies in one hour, 13 minutes, and 52 seconds.
In the women’s division, Mallon was followed by Diana Burk at one hour, 20 minutes and 32 seconds and Jenn Shelton at one hour, 23 minutes and 19 seconds.
The official benefiting charity, Team World Vision, raced to raise funds for African clean water projects in Kenya and Malawi, and collected used running shoes on site in conjunction with Give Your Sole. The shoes collected will benefit the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles.
Race volunteers assisting at water stations and at the finish line included the Los Angeles Boy Scouts, Los Angeles Girl Scouts, Special Olympics, Students Run Los Angeles, AmeriCorps, the El Monte High School Choir and others.