Sunday, March 24 marked the 34th running of the Los Angeles Marathon and many Pacific Palisades residents were among nearly 24,000 entrants who completed the 26.2-mile “Stadium to the Sea” course from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier. Kenya’s Elisha Barno won for the second time in three years in two hours, 11 minutes and 46 seconds in the closest men’s race ever. Ethiopia’s Askale Merachi was the women’s champion in a race record 2:24.12.
The top local finisher was 52-year-old Brian Temple, who was second in his age division and 41st overall in 2:49:33 after taking third in his division last year in 2:47:37. Carolyn Meers, 53, was the first Palisades woman to finish, clocking 3:58:33. Two Palisadians ran the 13.1-mile Charity Challenge: Ashley Klotz, 23, was 11th in her division in 2:10:32 and Greg Oliva, 26, was 12th in his division in 2:13:03.
The youngest local finisher was 18-year-old Jessie Bierschenk, a Palisades High senior who placed 16th out of 101 runners at the City Section Cross Country Championships in the fall to help the Dolphins to second in the Division I girls race. She was 11th in her division in the marathon. The oldest local finisher was 71-year-old Kamran Khademi, who was 38th in his division. Below are the Palisadian finishers, including their age, gender, division place and chip time.