Stuck with a not-so-fast course, an average daily high temperature approaching seventy degrees, and a conscious choice to limit prize and appearance money, the L.A. Marathon organizers have finally figured out how to keep having course records set--alter the course each year. Yes, the course changed yet again for the 2003 version. The route, however, was similar to the 2002 race, and the changes were minor (though the wheelchair athletes could not have been too fond of the two new, short, steep hills in the middle).
TCLA had another large turnout for its local marathon, both with those running and those supporting the runners. Shedding as much clothing as is legally permissible, John Jericiau made light of the heat and finished as the first TCLA'er, and the fourth master overall. Tyrone Black, wearing slightly, but not much, more was the only other club member to dip under three hours. Not wishing to land in the hoosegow, Rikako Takei chose to leave her shirt on; it made the race tougher (perhaps that accounted for the anguish showing on her face) but did not prevent her from being the first TCLA woman, the fourth in her age group, and the nineteenth woman overall to cross the line.
A few minutes behind Rikako, Michelle Chille chose to beat the heat by distracting herself and listening to a Walkman for most of the race, and Rob Roy ran a great time for his first marathon. John Loveless should be happy with his time, and Colin Walker definitely was happy with his time, a 20-minute p.r.
Just over three-and-a-half hours, Elizabeth Farnan-Flynn (who will go to Boston next year with this time), Wenise Wong (who is going to Boston this year and did not bother to taper for this race), and Masami Fukuhara (who has been to Boston twice before) all finished within ten seconds of each other thanks to chip timing. Indeed, the TCLA women as a whole had a generally great day. Kim Brettler set a huge p.r., Alison Song set a p.r., and Peggy Enriquez finished third in her age group.
Many of the men around the same time were not so happy. Perhaps they went out too fast, did not drink enough, or just were not as tough as the women. Still, Jeff Brettler, Dean Goodman, and Mark Harris deserve congratulations for completing 26.2. Rounding out the sub-four group, Jeff Bernstein ran a negative split and looked relatively well following the event.
Brian Bartholomew and Paul Anderson did not train particularly much for this one, so they must have been out there for the fun of it. Tayo Balogun ran much of the race with her mother, but kindly let her mom cross the line a few minutes ahead of her. Sharon Boles and Sharon Yamato ran much of the race together, which made it easy for those who cheered them on by reading their names on their bibs. Somewhere before the finish, however, Susan Rendell managed to break between the two Sharons. Also deserving a hand for being out in the sun longer than other TCLA'ers, Reuben Villanueva, Laura Davis, Janet Fleishman, and Becky Walkden earned their medals and an extra cup of Gatorade.
Finally, a hand for those TCLA'ers who either lined the course or ran part of the course to help those out for the distance: Amy Aukstikalnis, Michael Berger, Cindy Bernstein, Rab Brown, Stephanie Cahn, Chris DeWitt, Steph and Jerry Enriquez, Ogie Espinosa, Marlon Feiger, Josh Flynn, Tom Geha, Catherine Hackney, David Kent, Gary McArdle, Robert Newmark, Brian Panosian, Tim Petersen, Terry Power, Jim Spear, Lawrence Spear, Sam Spencer, Rasmus Tamstorf, and Shannon Whaley.
Average Finishing Time: 3:52:26.1
Averge Per Mile Pace: 8:51.9
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|John Jericiau||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||2:46:29||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Tyrone Black||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||2:59:11||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Rikako Takei||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:14:12||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Michelle Chille||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:18:08||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Rob Roy||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:18:36||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|John Loveless||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:22:43||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Colin Walker||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:31:37||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Elizabeth Farnan||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:32:17||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Wenise Wong||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:32:25||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Masami Fukuhara||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:32:27||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Jeff Brettler||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:36:01||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Dean Goodman||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:39:19||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Kim Brettler||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:40:31||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Peggy Enriquez||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:41:59||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Mark Harris||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:45:12||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Alison Song||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:57:25||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Jeff Bernstein||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||3:57:29||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Brian Bartholomew||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||4:03:39||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Tayo Balogun||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||4:05:04||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Sharon Boles||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||4:15:21||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Susan Rendell||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||4:31:04||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Sharon Yamato||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||4:31:54||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Paul Anderson||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||4:36:45||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Reuben Villanueva||M||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||4:40:12||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Laura Davis||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||4:40:22||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Janet Fleishman||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||4:48:54||2003-03-02||Marathon|
|Becky Walden||F||2003 Los Angeles Marathon||4:56:29||2003-03-02||Marathon|