Amane Gobena of Ethiopia won the LA Marathon for the women’s division receiving $25,000 for being the first woman to cross the finish line of the 26-mile, 385-yard race. In addition she won $50,000 for taking the gender challenge by 41 seconds.
The women were given a 17:41 head start over the men. Gobena finished in 2 hours 27 minutes 37 seconds while Gebo Burka of Ethiopia ran the race in 2 hours 10 minutes 37 seconds.
According to ToniReavis.com,
“Now in its tenth year, the LA Marathon’s Gender Challenge has become the competitive signature of the event….The men will have to make up 18:35 on the women to win the $50,000 bonus that attends each gender’s $25,000 first place prize.