On Sunday, nearly 20,000 runners took to the streets of the City of Angels in the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon. As the fourth largest marathon in the U.S. (10th largest worldwide), the “Stadium to Sea” course features a landmark every mile, more than 50 bands, 4 entertainment centers and 90 cheer zones, and 40 Snapchat Geofilters specially-designed for the race.
Among the 20,000 finishers, eight athletes set official Guinness World Records for recording the fastest-ever times running a marathon dressed in costumes ranging from a boxer, a tennis player, a swimmer and a three-dimensional bird. A Guinness World Records adjudicator was on-site to provide record-breakers with on-the-day verification.
“Congratulations to all finishers of the 2017 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon,” said Tracey Russell, Chief Executive of race organizer Conqur Endurance Group. “It’s amazing to see the Los Angeles community come together every year to celebrate this vibrant event. Through new and innovative partnerships, including Snapchat and Guinness World Records, the energy this year was felt across all four cities from the Stadium to the Sea and globally on social media.”
As for the winners of the race, Kenyans swept both the men’s and women’s podiums. Elisha Barno broke the tape with a time of 2:11:52 and Hellen Jepkurgat comfortably led the women’s pack throughout the majority of the race, ultimately breaking away at mile 13 and finishing in 2:34:23.
The first American man to finish was local Angeleno John Pickhaver, who placed tenth.
Check out the sights and crowds from race day:
Photos: Courtesy of Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon