Korir, Kiplagat win L.A. Marathon

SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Wesley Korir has defended his title at the Los Angeles Marathon, while Edna Kiplagat won the women's event and a gender challenge bonus of $100,000.

Korir, a native of Kenya living in Louisville, Ky., broke away from Paul Samoei and Richard Limo in the 25th mile Sunday to win in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 19 seconds, the third-best time in the 25-year history of the event.

Kiplagat, of Kenya, dropped Teyba Naser of Ethiopia in the 23rd mile to win in 2:25:37. She took advantage of an 18-minute head start women's elite competitors were given over the men to win the prize given to the first runner of either gender to finish.

It was the first time the 26.2-mile race was run over the "Stadium to the Sea" course from Dodger Stadium to near the Santa Monica Pier.