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Amane Gobena, female runner from Ethiopia, wins L.A. Marathon

Photo: Twitter

Photo: Twitter

Amane Gobena, 31, was first to cross the finish line in the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon on Sunday, March 9, 2014. She finished in 2:27:40 to win the women’s race and overall while Gebo Burka also from Ethiopia wins for the men with a time of 2:10:37. Both win $25,000 each for the victory but Gobena will take home a bonus of $50,000 for winning the “gender” challenge. The women were given a 17:41 head start.

The 29th Annual Asics Marathon has 25,000 runners and is sold out.

Here are some Marathon course fast facts: 26 miles, 385 yards; Dodger Stadium to Pacific Ocean through L.A., West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and finishing at Ocean and California avenues in Santa Monica. It has an elevation decline of 430 feet and will navigate 36 streets.

It is a great day for Gobena, who in 2009 finished second.