On March 18, over 30 professional runners from six countries will join over 24,000 competitors to take part in the 2018 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. This week, Conqur Endurance Group announced the pros field which includes 2017 men’s field defending champion Elisha Barno (Kenya), 2016 titleholder Weldon Kirui (Kenya) and 2015 titleholder Daniel Limo (Kenya) for the men’s division.
In the women’s field, defending champion and Grandma’s Marathon winner Hellen Jepkurgat (Kenya) will be competing against Macau 2015 Champion Olena Shurkhno (Ukraine) and Ethiopian competitors Dire Tune and Tsehay Desalegn. Mitsuko Ino of Japan and Yenni Susan Bermudez of Mexico will headline the international field.
“The storylines run deep in this year’s professional field,” said Chief Executive of Conqur Endurance Group Tracey Russell. “With a men’s field that features no less than three past champions and a promising women’s field with athletes from all corners of the globe, we expect an exciting contest and a great race.”
Jepkurgat, whose personal best is 2:31:07, will be competing against Shurkhno’s personal best time of 2:23:32. Hoping to retain his title, reigning champion Barno (2:09:45) will be challenged by returning Ethiopian runner Gebresadik Adihana. Having won both the Marrakech and Prague Marathons previously with a time of 2:08:55 and 2:08:47, respectively, this should be a great race to watch.
“This is one of the most exciting marathon fields I have been up against with the past three winners of the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon all competing on March 18th,” said Barno. “I can’t wait to race against this field; I am going to be pushing myself to the limit to try to defend my crown.”
Also racing the “Stadium to the Sea” course will be Houston and Twin Cities Marathon winner Dominic Ondoro (Kenya) with a personal best of 2:08:00. Rounding out the US men’s professional field will be Jesus Campos, Ruben Ramirez, Fidele Jefferson and former Olympian and marathon Coach Lee Troop. Challenging the international competitors for the US in the women’s field will be 2017 Colfax Marathon winner Brittany Charboneay, 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon 4th place runner-up Joanna Reyes, and Kobe Marathon 3rd place runner-up Simegn Yeshanbel.
The race begins at Dodger Stadium and winds through West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. For the complete list of the 2018 Skechers Performance Los Angeles marathon professional field, visit lamarathon.com.