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L.A. Marathon: Race is a family affair

March 17, 2013 |  8:28 am

Elysian park

One of Loren Reeves' earliest childhood memories is running with his father for two blocks near the end of the L.A. Marathon.

"I'd run up to him and he'd hold my hand," Reeves said. "I've been coming to marathon since I was 3 months old."

His father, Larry Reeves, 63, has never missed a marathon, earning the distinction of being a Legacy runner.

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On Sunday morning, clad in a blue long-sleeve and black shorts, he ran up to his son, Brooke Capshaw and his 5-year-old grandson Boston Monclus to pose for a quick shot near Elysian Park and Sunset Boulevard.

Boston jumped up from his lawn chair and fawned over his grandfather with glee, yelping and cheering.

As Larry Reeves broke away he looked at his grandson and said "next year!"

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Kelly Jandro, 25, scanned the first batch of runners coming down from Dodger Stadium to Sunset Boulevard.

She was waiting for her fiancé Oscar Moreno, 27, of Barcelona, Spain. The two are set to get married in San Francisco next week, the city they met at when the pair ran in the Bay to Breakers event.

Moreno is hoping to qualify for the Boston marathon next month.

"He loves L.A. and it's been a dream of his to run in this marathon," Jandro said. "It's emotional because I know he's been training hard."

Finally a man in an orange shirt and black shorts made his way over to her and she stepped onto the street.

Their hands briefly touched before he was off again. As he ran off, Moreno told Kelly, "See you at the end."

Looking back at his bride-to-be, he pumped his fist in the air.


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-- Adolfo Flores in Elysian Park

Photo: Runners at Elysian Park and Sunset Boulevard. Credit: Adolfo Flores / Los Angeles Times