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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – March 11, 2013, Approximately 24,000 marathon runners and hundreds of thousands of spectators will take to the streets on Sunday, March 17th for the ASICS LA Marathon—and many of those streets will be closed for a portion of the day to create a safe environment for the iconic race that runs from Dodger
Stadium to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.
Marathon officials have posted comprehensive information about street closures on the following page:www.lamarathon.com/community/street‐closures. In addition to specific closures,the page also has “exit route” information for residents of the cities of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. A fully detailed course
map is available here: www.lamarathon.com/event/course‐map.
“Participating cities have done a greatjob in ensuring thatthe course will provide a safe environment for runners and spectators, while seeking to minimize the inconvenience to localresidents and business‐owners,” said Nick Curl, LA MARATHON LLC Chief Operating Officer. “We appreciate the enthusiasm and
support of Southern Californians who make it possible for us to stage this great civic event.”
In addition to the marathon’s website, detailed information for spectators, including street closures, parking information and more, can be found at the following city websites:
West Hollywood: www.weho.org/index.aspx?page=23&recordid=1974
Santa Monica: www.smgov.net/marathon/marathon.aspx
Race officials remind those who plan to attend the start(approx. 7:25 a.m.)that the Golden State Gate via
the 5 Freeway will be the only entrance to Dodger Stadium.Up‐to‐the‐minute information about traffic and weather will be available via AM 570 KLAC‐AM’s live radio broadcast and on Twitter(@LAMarathonINFO).
About The ASICS LA Marathon:
They inspire athletes and connect communities. With thousands of volunteers,tens of thousands of participants and hundreds ofthousands of spectators,the ASICS LA Marathon is one of the largest
organized road races in the country. The Stadium to the Sea course, which starts at Dodger Stadium and finishes by the Santa Monica Pier, is considered one of the most scenic in the world. The race has been
named Best Big City Race by Runner’s World and Best Marathon in the West by Competitor Magazine. For more information visit http://www.lamarathon.com
Source: ASICS LA Marathon/Sugerman Communications Group
Editor’s Note: Diversity News Magazine and Diversity News TV teams are approved to cover the event and they will be covering and reporting live from the 2013 ASICS LA Marathon.
LOS ANGELES, Calif., October 1, 2012—Registration for the 2013 LA Marathon opened today, with race officials anticipating an early sellout due to growing popularity of the Stadium to the Sea course nationally and internationally. As a result of overwhelming demand, marathon officials are capping this year’s race to ensure a world-class experience for every participant. The 2013 event will take place on Sunday, March 17.
The LA Marathon’s expanding charity effort and a new international tourism program are expected to account for thousands of runners from across the United States and from countries including Australia, Japan, South Africa, Germany, England, France and Canada. The pre-registration commitments from these groups coupled with the increased demand from capped registration are expected to result in robust sign-ups and an early sellout of the 2013 race.
“The popularity of the LA Marathon worldwide is growing, and we’re beginning to see the kind of pre-registration demand experienced by only a select few races around the world,” said LA MARATHON LLC Chief Operating Officer Nick Curl. “The fantastic Stadium to the Sea course, the draw of Los Angeles and the LA Marathon’s commitment to providing a world-class experience are contributing to the excitement around this race. I have a simple message: Sign-up now and don’t be left behind.”
Beginning today and for a limited time, the LA Marathon is offering a $145 registration fee – the lowest price that runners will be able to secure for the 2013 race, good only through October 31. Participants may register on the LA Marathon’s website, www.lamarathon.com.
When runners register for the marathon, they may also sign up for the race’s official training program, LA Roadrunners, which is led by elite running coach Andrew Kastor and combines training with an educational program to help participants fulfill their marathon goals. The program is open to all levels of runners and still has available spots.
“We recommend that runners start training this month to begin preparing for the 2013 LA Marathon, and we encourage runners to register for the race early,” Kastor said.
Runners also have the opportunity to get involved in the Marathon’s growing “I Run 4 Something” charity campaign, which reached new heights in 2012 as participants raised more than $3 million for more than 70 causes. Also returning is the charity relay, which debuted in 2012, enabling a team of two to participate in the marathon as a relay, with each taking half of the course.
The 2013 LA Marathon will be the fourth running of the wildly popular Stadium to the Sea course, which gives marathon runners a unique opportunity to see the beauty and diversity of Los Angeles while racing from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean, passing many of L.A.’s world-famous landmarks along the way. Among the highlights are Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, the Capitol Records Building, Sunset Strip, Rodeo Drive and the Santa Monica Pier.
“Our Stadium to the Sea course is second to none, and we are committed to making sure each runner has a world-class experience. We can’t wait to showcase the wonderful neighborhoods and icons of Los Angeles in the 2013 race, and we appreciate the partnership of the cities of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica, along with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in making this world-class marathon route possible,” Curl said.
ABOUT LA MARATHON LLC: We inspire athletes and connect communities. With thousands of volunteers, tens of thousands of participants, and hundreds of thousands of spectators, the LA Marathon is one of the largest organized road races in the country. The Stadium to the Sea course, which starts at Dodger Stadium and finishes by the Santa Monica Pier, is considered one of the most scenic in the world. Unique among major road races, it passes through four cities and federal property.
To read our media coverage from last year LA Marathon go to Diversity News Magazine at http://diversitynewsmagazine.com/2012/03/simon-njoroge-and-20-year-old-fatuma-sado-wins-2012-los-angeles-honda-marathon/#.UG_hf03AfTo
Source: Sugerman Communications Group
Photo & logo credit to: LA Marathon LLC/Sugerman Communications Group
It is a very sad day today to write and report about a very important person and known as a Rock n’ roll icon, TV personality, radio pioneer and media producer mogul Dick Clark who died on Wednesday, April 18th of a heart attack following a medical procedure at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California at age 82. Dick Clark is survived by his wife Kari, and his three children Richard Augustus II, Duane, and Cindy.
“Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Dick Clark. With “American Bandstand,” he introduced decades’ worth of viewers to the music of our times. He reshaped the television landscape forever as a creative and innovative producer. And, of course, for 40 years, we welcomed him into our homes to ring in the New Year. But more important than his groundbreaking achievements was the way he made us feel – as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was. As we say a final “so long” to Dick Clark, America’s oldest teenager, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends – which number far more than he knew.” said USA President Barack Obama.
“One of the real draws when we purchased Dick Clark Productions was the opportunity to build on the tremendous foundation of programming that this icon of American broadcasting created. I got to know Dick over the past five years and he was just as personable and warm in person as he was on television. Once you got to know Dick, it was obvious why he was so beloved by his fans. He was in every sense of the word, a giant. Dick Clark will be sorely missed. He was truly one of a kind. said Daniel M. Snyder, Chairman, Dick Clark Productions.
“Dick Clark was an American institution. He was able to replicate the magic he brought to American Bandstand, not once but several times, through The Golden Globes, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and thousands of hours of programming in almost every genre imaginable. He was the first of his kind — a pioneer, entrepreneur and creative visionary who bridged and cultivated the music scene with traditional show business. Dick Clark entertained and touched the lives of several generations. He is truly irreplaceable and will be greatly missed by the employees of our company and millions of fans worldwide.” said Mark Shapiro, Chief Executive Officer, Dick Clark Productions.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life. I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006, it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year’s Eve for the last six years. He was smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman. I learned a great deal from him, and I’ll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me. He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him.” said Ryan Seacrest, American radio personality, television host, network producer and voice actor.
“DICK CLARK ♥ Thank you for all the memories and for being a stable force in our lives. You will be missed! Rest in Peace beautiful soul ♥.” said Hit Recording Artist and Composer Fawn.
“Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient Dick Clark was an entertainment icon, bringing music into the homes of millions of Americans over his nearly 60-year career. His shows “American Bandstand” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” blazed new trails in pop music and became pivotal celebrations of music on television, spotlighting both established and emerging artists. Our deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends, fans, and all who have enjoyed his great contributions to music and entertainment. He will be terribly missed, and his legacy will live on forever.” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO, The Recording Academy.
About Dick Clark:
Richard Wagstaff ”Dick“ Clark (November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012) was a widely recognized American radio and television personality, best known for hosting television’s longest-running variety show, American Bandstand, from 1957 to 1987. He also hosted the game show Pyramid, and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which beamed Times Square‘s New Year’s Eve celebrations worldwide.
As host of American Bandstand, with his unparalleled communication skills, he is credited with being a “primary force in legitimizing rock ‘n roll,” not just to teenagers, but also to parents. The show gave countless new music artists their first exposure to national audiences, among whom were Ike and Tina Turner, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, the Talking Heads and Simon and Garfunkel. His shows were among the first where blacks and whites performed on the same stage and the live audience seating was desegregated. Singer Paul Anka claims that his show was responsible for creating a “youth culture,” and due to his youthful appearance, Clark was often referred to as “America’s oldest teenager.”
As a successful businessperson, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Dick Clark Productions, which he sold part of late in his life. He also founded the restaurant chain, “American Bandstand Diner,” modeled after the Hard Rock Cafe. Beginning in 1973, he created and produced the annual American Music Awards show, similar to the Grammy Awards.
Clark suffered a significant stroke in late 2004. With speech ability still impaired, Clark returned to his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show on December 31, 2005/January 1, 2006. Subsequently, he appeared at the Emmy Awards on August 27, 2006, and every New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show through the 2011/2012 show. Clark died on April 18, 2012 at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack following a medical procedure. After his death, President Obama credited him with making “us feel as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was.”
About Dick Clark Productions:
Founded in 1957, dick clark productions, inc. (dcp) is a leading independent producer of television programming. dcp produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” as well as weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance.”
dcp owns, maintains and licenses one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment libraries which was recently digitized and is currently available through a new licensing portal, www.dcplicensing.com. Content includes over 30 years of footage from dcp’s award shows as well as historic programs, specials and performances including “American Bandstand,” “The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Show,” Elvis and The T.A.M.I. Show.
dcp’s other properties include four “American Bandstand” branded restaurants across the country as well as a state-of-the-art screening room based in Santa Monica, CA which features luxury seating for 25 and full service catering.
In the spring of 2010, dcp announced its stake in Carmel, CA-based Coastal Luxury Management (CLM), producer of the nationally renowned Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival, now recognized as one of the best culinary events in the country. In its third year, the four-day event is hosted throughout Pebble Beach Resorts and celebrates 70 celebrity chefs, 250 wineries from around the world, and attracts more than 5,500 attendees. In addition, CLM produces Harvest: Farm-to-Table, a two-day agriculture lifestyle event in the fall and also has two new restaurant projects – Restaurant 1833 and Cannery Row Brewing, which features the largest draft beer selection in Northern California.
dcp continues to develop a wide range of television programming including award shows, special events, entertainment and comedy specials, children’s programming, talk shows, game shows, movies for television and dramatic series for broadcast networks, cable networks, distributors and advertisers reaching audiences of all ages around the world.
dick clark productions also owns licenses “American Bandstand” branded restaurants across the country. For additional information about dcp, please visit www.dickclarkproductions.com or http://dickclark.com/.
Pictures credit to: Dick Clark Productions, Wikipedia, Dick Clark Productions Facebook.
Editor’s Note: Dick Clark we are so sad, we were not able to meet you but I attended your popular tv show American Music Awards 2010 and 2011 in Los Angeles and we have posted articles about your other tv productions. We give our condolences to your family and please Rest In Peace.
On March 22, 2011 LA Marathon LLC announced that a first-time marathoner and a 400-pound sumo wrestler highlighted a stunning 26th Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss with a pair of spectacular performances. Theirs were only two of nearly 20,000 amazing stories on a wet and wild race-day.
Marathon rookie Markos Geneti of Ethiopia, known primarily for his exploits on the track, broke away from a bunched field in the middle miles and elevated the race to world-class status with a sensational new race record of 2:06:35, the second-fastest time in the world in 2011. He shattered the previous race record of 2:08:24 by almost two minutes, and before catching a stomach cramp in the 21st mile, was on pace to run 2:04:49, which would have been the fastest debut marathon ever and the fastest marathon ever run in the United States. As it was, his 2:06:35 final time is the 14th-fastest marathon ever run in North America.
Kenya’s Nicholas Kamakya was the only one close to Geneti in the last half of the race, and finished second in 2:09:26, with countryman Laban Moiben third (2:13:12) and two-time defending champion Wesley Korir fourth in 2:13:23.
Geneti’s feat was all the more remarkable due to the conditions, with heavy rain throughout most of the race and gusting winds, which peaked near 60 miles per hour in the afternoon. Geneti took home the first-place prize of $25,000 plus a Honda EX Insight sedan, as well as $100,000 for winning the unique L.A. Marathon Challenge, finishing ahead of women’s winner Buzunesh Deba of Ethiopia by two minutes and 56 seconds after starting with a 17:03 handicap.
TO MALE RUNNERS: TOP FEMALE RUNNERS:
Markos Geneti 02:06:35 (1st Place) Buzunesh Deba 02:26:34 (1st Place)
Nicholas Kamakya 02:09:26 Amy Hastings 02:27:03
Laban Moiben 02:13:12 Mare Dibaba 02:30:25
Wesley Korir 02:13:23 Diane Nukuri 02:33:47
Jason Gutierrez 02:13:24 Iuliia Arkhipova 02:33:55
Deba posted her seventh marathon win in nine tries and ran a personal best by 50 seconds in 2:26:34, the ninth-fastest women’s performance in race history. She broke away from American Amy Hastings, also making her marathon debut, in the final three miles. For her part, Hastings became the eighth-fastest American woman ever to run the marathon in 2:27:03, the third-fastest mark ever posted by an American woman running a first marathon. Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba finished third in 2:30:25.
But the elites were only a small part of the story on a brutal day for running, but during which an astonishing 97.0% of all those who started the race (20,537) actually finished. Temperatures ranged from 50-55 degrees during the day, with heavy rain and wind, especially near the finish in Santa Monica. Incredibly, the average finishing time in 2011 was 5:16:33, more than eight minutes faster than the weather-perfect 2010 edition (5:24:37), the first run on the Stadium to the Sea course. The new race-tracking system that sent intermediate and finishing times via text message, e-mail, Facebook and Twitter, used for the first time at a major marathon, distributed 153,460 messages during the race with nearly instantaneous delivery.
Among the finishers was American sumo champion Kelly Gneiting, who will submit his race results and supporting documentation to the Guinness World Records office for certification as the “heaviest person to complete a marathon.” He jogged and walked the course in 9:48:52, finishing in 19,626th place out of a preliminary total of 19,928 finishers, and cut more than two hours off of his 2008 marathon time of 11:52:11. He weighed in at 400.0 pounds at the start and 396.2 pounds at the finish.
“The people of Los Angeles are amazing,” he said afterwards. “There was lots of honking and yelling, ‘Go, you’re almost there’ by both marathoners and spectators.” Asked before the race why he was doing this, he said “I love the thought of showcasing what a 400-pound person can do; you don’t need to let that stop you from accomplishing anything.”
Also setting a personal best was Joe D’Amico of Palatine, Illinois, who “trained” for the event for the last 30 days prior to the race by eating all of his meals at McDonald’s, and raising money for the Ronald McDonald House Charities. He finished 28th overall in 2:36:14, shaving 40 seconds off his old best from last year’s Twin Cities Marathon in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Charitable contributions made in conjunction with the race also set a new record, with $2.15 million already collected and more continuing to be received. Contributions can be made through March 31 via www.Crowdrise.com to any of the race’s 68 affiliated charitable organizations.
“The 2011 edition of the Honda LA Marathon was one for the record books,” said LA MARATHON LLC chief operating officer Nick Curl. He continue “Our runners, from Markos Geneti to Kelly Gneiting to everyone in between, would not be stopped by very challenging conditions, overcoming both the distance and the weather. They are all to be congratulated.”
“We are also very proud of our volunteers who worked a long day in the rain and cold, and of the public safety and transportation departments from Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, the Veterans Administration and Santa Monica, who were outstanding. Their professionalism, flexibility and rapid response made sure that our runners were just as well cared for after the race as they were on the course.” Mr. Curl concluded.
The 2012 Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss is scheduled for Sunday, March 18, 2012.
About LA Marathon LLC:
They inspire athletes and connect communities. With thousands of volunteers, tens of thousands of participants and hundreds of thousands of spectators, the Honda Los Angeles Marathon presented by K-Swiss is one of the largest organized road races in the country. For more information, visit www.lamarathon.com.
Photos Courtesy and (C) 2011 By Francois Palais for Diversity News Magazine, published by Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.
Editor’s Note: Special Thank you to Francois Palais for covering our event on a wet and wild day at LA Marathon 2011.