Only one surprise in the elite field at the 23rd Los Angeles Marathon yesterday … 9 of the top 10 finishers being the usual flock of 5-foot, 102-pound Kenyans. (The dude listed as from Bahrain and the one from Marietta, GA? Kenyans.) How the hombre from Mexico snuck into sixth place, we have no idea.
Nice to see how the OC figured among the seniors – the senior seniors – in the 25,000-strong field.
Edward Salkin, of Corona del Mar, placed second in the men’s 75-79 age group, covering the 26 miles, 385 yards in a zippy 4:41:32. Mary Dugan, of Huntington Beach, won her 70-74 age group in 5:38:47. Must be something in the water that keeps so many oldsters down here so spry.
(In the interests of full disclosure and to establish my expert credentials, I ran the Long Beach Half-Marathon in 1989. I'm still recovering.)