Course records weren’t the only marks to go down on Sunday.
Record numbers turned out at yesterday’s L.A. Marathon. Although, this year it wasn’t the amount of runners that turned out that set records, but the amount of rain that fell on them. With clear skies for the early morning start, runners were optimistic about the weather. However, just 30 minutes into the 26.2-mile race the rain started coming down and never let up. Over the next 24 hours Santa Monica was pounded with 2.95 inches of rain.
“I left Canada for Southern California because of weather like this,” one runner said to a cheering friend at the Brentwood Lululemon inspiration station.
Despite the rain, wind and even hail and thunder, 19,739 runners crossed the finish line out of the 23,524 registered entrants. It is unknown how many of those registered heard the weather report and decided against fearing the wet run altogether.
The L.A. Times reported that thousands of runners were evaluated for hypothermia along the course and 25 of those were hospitalized.
Markos Geneti also broke a few records with a finish of 2:06:35. The sprinter from Ethiopia ran his first marathon ever yesterday, shattering the course and California marathon records. He took home the $25,000 first-place prize, $100,000 gender bonus and a 2011 Honda Insight EX Sedan.
Buzunesh Deba won on the women’s side, finishing in 2 hours, 26 minutes and 34 seconds.
A former sumo-wrestler also broke a record as the heaviest man to ever complete the 26.2-mile race. Kelly Gneiting weighed in at Dodger Stadium Sunday morning at exactly 400 pounds. He finished in nine hours, 48 minutes and 52 seconds.