L.A. Marathon gets underway
The L.A. Marathon started just after 7 a.m. Sunday morning under cold and cloudy skies.
About 23,000 runners were scheduled to take part in the 26.2-mile race from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica.
The runners got a brief respite from the rain but could see showers before it ends. Rain was an issue for many runners during last year's marathon, when 2.36 inches fell.
In this year's men's field, Kenyans Elias Kemboi and David Mandago are expected to be top contenders. Elias has a personal best of 2:07:04, posted in the 2010 Frankfurt Marathon, and Mandago has a personal best of 2:06:53, in the 2009 Paris Marathon.
For the women, Ethiopia's Misiker Demissie, who set a personal best of 2:25:21 in the 2011 San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon, is considered a favorite. She'll be challenged by fellow Ethiopians Salomie Gatnet and Belainesh Gebre.
-- Anna Gorman and Baxter Holmes
Photo: Runners begin the 2012 L.A. Marathon at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times