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Under the massive shadow of Gotham and the 50th annual New York City Marathon, the Marathon Majors final event of 2021, and the competition’s two-year cycle, exists a marathon on the streets where superheroes are made. Of course, Los Angeles, Tinsel-town, La-La Land or Lotus Land. It’s so nice, they nicknamed it thrice. It was the 36th annual running.
While the New York Marathon was grabbing the world’s attention with two of the best distance runners competing – Kenyan Peres Jepchirchir and Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele – Wales’ Natasha Cockram took the LA Marathon.
She won in the time of 2:33:16.
The LA win comes just five weeks after her 17th place finish during the 2021 London Marathon on October 3.
The top three women in the #lamarathon2021: Welsh athlete Natasha Cockram (center, 2:33:17), Kenya’s Antonina Kwamba (right, 2:37:36) and Russia’s Nina Zarina (left, 2:37:37). Congrats, ladies, on your stellar performances! #LAMarathon pic.twitter.com/ZnEbzFGmTt— Los Angeles Marathon (@lamarathon) November 7, 2021
Cockram dropped her competitors after the 18-mile mark had passed (30K).
Kenyan Antonina Kwamba took second in the time of 2:37:36, while Russian Nina Zarina took third in the time of 2:37:37.
The 28-year-old Cockram owns a best of 2:30:03 from the 2021 London Marathon.
In the men’s race, John Korir captured the win in the time of 2:12:47. Fellow Kenyan Edwin Mutai clocked a second-place finish of 2:18:01, while the third-place finisher was Amanuel Mesel Tikue in 2:18:18.
The race is a fundraiser for the McCourt Foundation. The race end at Dodger Stadium, an MLB team owned by Frank McCourt.
Full results are available here>>