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After raining almost all week, Sunday’s was the perfect day for L.A. Marathon runners where Simon Njoroge and first time ever 20 year old Fatuma Sado Wins the 2012 Los Angeles Honda Marathon held on Sunday, March 18, 2012 from the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles to the Sea in Santa Monica, CA. from 6:55 am to 2:00 pm.

The 2012 Honda LA Marathon Wheelchair started first, at 7:00 am the 2012 Honda La Marathon Hand-Crank, at 7:07 am the 2012 Honda LA Marathon Elite Women’s Field, and at 7:24 am the 2012 Honda LA Marathon Elite Men’s Field and Full Field started to run. Simon Njoroge won the race from the men’s elite field and Fatuma Sado won the race from the Women’s Elite Field. The total miles to complete the run is 26.

Simon Njoroge of Kenya won the 27th Honda LA Marathon in a time of 2:12:12, making him the 11th different Kenyan male to win the race. Kenyan men have won 13 of the last 15 Honda LA Marathons.

“First, I would like to thank God for giving us this opportunity. I thought that the weather was good, but during the last few kilometers it was very cold. From the first kilometer, we tried to push the pace up to try to catch the girl’s leader. When I knew that I could not catch her, I tried to go with Weldon (Kirui). We worked back and forth until the 22-mile mark when I went for the win, because we could not catch the ladies. Thank you.” said Simon Njoroge,  1st-place finisher.
Mr. Njoroge concluded “The weather was not so bad at the start, but at the end, for the last six miles, it was very cold, but I was happy that I won. For my next race, I will be deciding with my trainer and my manager where I will be running next.”

Njoroge won the first place price of $25,000 and a 2012 Honda CR-V AWD EX-L with an MSRP of $29,795.
The other Honda LA Marathon winners were: Weldon Kirui of Kenya came in second place with a time of 2:13:40. He won $12,500. Stephen Muange of Kenya came in third place with a time of 2:13:50 and won $10,000. Hailu Seifu of Ethiopia came in fourth place with a time of 2:15:35 and won $5,000. David Mandago of Kenya came in fifth place with a time of 2:17:49 and won $2,500.

“Thank you very much, the race was good. When I started I had a little pain in the front of my left leg. I pushed myself and felt okay but toward the end the pain came back. The weather was cold when I started and at the end it was windy; that is why I did not get so good a time. It was also hard to figure out my time, because I am not used to miles; I train in kilometers.” said  Fatuma Sado, Women’s  1st-place finisher.

Ms. Sado concluded “At the end I was looking back for the men (for the Challenge). I am successful running marathons because I train with the elite Ethiopian marathoners. I have not decided on my next race. My coach will decide my next race.”

Sado won a total of $149,795 in prizes including a 2012 Honda CR-V AWD EX-L and $100,000 for winning the Honda LA Marathon Challenge.
The 27th Honda LA Marathon had nearly 23,000 entrants making it the 8th largest field in the history of the event. The next Honda LA Marathon is schedule for March 17, 2013.

About The Honda LA Marathon:
The Honda LA Marathon gives runners and fans a unique way to experience the beauty and diversity of Los Angeles with the race’s third year of the iconic “Stadium to the Sea” course. Runners will begin at Dodger Stadium and continue through Chinatown, Little Tokyo, Echo Park and Silver Lake, passing world-famous landmarks including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Pantages Theatre, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive. The race ends on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica, near the Santa Monica Pier. The energy, enthusiasm and entertainment to be found along the course is unparalleled. For more information visit http://www.lamarathon.com

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Sources: lamarathon.com, Sugerman Communications Group, DiversityNewsMagazine.com & Diversity News TV.
Photos credit to: Francois Palais & Carlos Zeron for Diversity News Magazine. 

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