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
Sources: lamarathon.com, Sugerman Communications Group, DiversityNewsMagazine.com & Diversity News TV.
Photos credit to: Francois Palais & Carlos Zeron for Diversity News Magazine.
On Wednesday, April 20, 2011 MLB.com reported that the Major League Baseball has taken over operations of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Commissioner Bud Selig announced Wednesday.
“Pursuant to my authority as Commissioner, I informed Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt today that I will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the Club,” Selig said in a statement.
“I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the Club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball. My office will continue its thorough investigation into the operations and finances of the Dodgers and related entities during the period of Mr. McCourt’s ownership. I will announce the name of my representative in the next several days.”
He concluded “The Dodgers have been one of the most prestigious franchises in all of sports, and we owe it to their legion of loyal fans to ensure that this club is being operated properly now and will be guided appropriately in the future.”
In an email message sent to Dodgers employees on Wednesday, McCourt said, “In light of the Commissioner’s announcement today, I ask that you please continue to conduct business as usual with our complete dedication to the game and our loyal fans. Each of you has represented this organization with class, and while this is no doubt a challenging time for all of us, I truly appreciate your efforts.”
McCourt, owner and chairman of the Dodgers, bought the club from News Corp. on Jan. 29, 2004, and the club reached the postseason in four of his seven seasons as owner.
However, the club’s finances have come into question since his highly publicized divorce from Jamie McCourt, his wife of 29 years who also served as CEO of the club until 2009.
This season, while the club has struggled to reach .500 on the field, there have been media reports that McCourt’s request to accept a $200 million advance in broadcasting revenues from FOX was rejected by the Commissioner. Last week it was reported that FOX directly loaned McCourt $30 million, which apparently was needed to make payroll.
Meanwhile, the franchise has been under intense scrutiny since an assault in the the Dodger Stadium parking lot on Opening Day that left a San Francisco Giants fan hospitalized in a medically induced coma.
In the wake of that incident, attendance has been significantly down, while the Los Angeles Police Department has made a highly visible presence, essentially taking over security at the park.
On Tuesday, McCourt announced the hiring of Los Angeles civic leader and developer Steve Soboroff as a vice chairman, with responsibilities including the enhancement of fan experience and the strengthening of ties to the community.
This is the third time in recent Major League Baseball history that the Commissioner’s office has taken over operations of a club.
In the wake of contraction discussions after the 2001 season, MLB purchased the Montreal Expos from Jeffrey Loria and his partners for $120 million. In a three-way transaction, Loria purchased the Marlins from John Henry, and Henry led a group that bought the Red Sox from the Yawkey Estate.
At the time, MLB established a relocation committee with the express purpose of selling the Expos, moving the team from Montreal and negotiating the building of a new ballpark in the location city. MLB held ownership and operational control of the Expos for four and half years. The team was moved to Washington in 2005 and was sold to the Lerner Family in July 2006 for $450 million. The club moved into new Nationals Park in 2007.
The Texas Rangers were placed under operational control of MLB last year when Tom Hicks filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to try to force an already-agreed sale to a group headed by Chuck Greenberg and Nolan Ryan, the team’s president. In the interim, Ryan essentially oversaw the day-to-day operations of the club with then MLB president Bob DuPuy heading negotiations to satisfy Hicks’ creditors.
The situation was ultimately resolved in a bankruptcy court auction as Greenberg-Hicks outbid Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and bought the team for $550 million this past August.
Also TMZ.com reported that Jamie McCourt have made a statement saying: “As the 50% owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, I welcome and support the Commissioner’s actions to provide the necessary transparency, guidance and direction for the franchise and for Dodgers fans everywhere.”"
Sources: MLB.com & TMZ.com
Photo credit to: Francois Palais for Diversity News Magazine