The "City of Angels" is one of three finalists.
He says a win in his home country has boosted his morale.
He isn't counting his sub-optimal 2:20 showing in Los Angeles earlier this year.
He won the first Los Angeles Marathon in 1986.
A bender weekend convinced him it was time to make a change.
It was anything but easy for the former sumo champion.
The Ethiopian winner is now #2 on the all-time debut list.
The new additions arrive, because of the cancelled Nagoya Women's Marathon
A 2:45 marathoner shares his best-kept secrets.