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image Lou and Al

Lou and Al at the legacy booth

image Legacy Booth 2010

Two of the legacy couples who ran all 25 together

Legacy Booth 2010

Al signs t shirt at legacy booth

image Legacy #10100 Bill Colangelo

Bill Colangelo

Age: 56

Canyon Country

LA 1 in 1986 was my first marathon. Since

that memorable day, my life has changed.

This event has taught me valuable lessons

about running and about life. I have

learned to pace myself and stay on course

through the many months of training

leading up to race day. I’ve learned to

believe in the power of commitment. This

day has also become a ritual for my family.

Every year, they come together to cheer

on the runners and wait patiently for me to

complete my task. This marathon is so

much more than a road race in my life. It

is a celebration of the promises I have

made to live a meaningful life, to be an

example and to challenge myself physically and mentally.

This year, my youngest daughter Caitlin is running her first marathon! We have trained together &

have forged a new bond between us as runners. It is yet another wonderful blessing that the LA

Marathon has bestowed on me.

Imagine what you Desire

Create what you Imagine

Will what you Create

– author unknown


image Legacy Runner Scott Cline #10147
LA Marathon Memory

My single strongest memory is of Muhammad Ali from

the earlier 1990s. (It was at the start of one of our

marathons, heading North on Figueroa from the

Coliseum area). Ali attended many of these earlier

starts, and I’ve done them all, so sorry, I can’t be

certain which year it was.

Ali is up on the Starter’s stand, waving to us as we go

by. Many, many people are chanting, “Ali! Ali!” while

beginning their own personal endeavor. Despite his

debilitating Parkinson’s, Ali came and gave strength to

many of us.

One of the runners going by got so wrapped up in the

enthusiasm that he removed his LA Marathon runner’s

hat and then, apparently without thinking about Ali’s

Parkinson’s, flung it up to him. The hat was flying on a

curve to pass in front of Ali, spinning as a Frisbee does.

I was amazed to watch Ali’s eyes lock onto the hat, and

see his hand snake out to strike and grab the hat

before it flew past. A cheer from the crowd!

image Legacy Runner Richard “Sarge” Chavez #10071
The first L.A. Marathon was something! Everybody dressed in

something unique to express themselves — Elvis, Nuns on the

Run, Helen of Troy, etc. I carried a backpack that contained

32 small oranges and medical supplies so I could help people

along the way, which I did, and still do from time to time. As

the years went by, more runners began carrying

their own backpack, not as big or heavy as mine, but they

carried just enough to resupply themselves.

Twenty-five years later, my backpack has become smaller and

lighter. I now carry a Big Blue Banner that says, “Mighty

Mighty 14s” (for the L.A. Leggers “14” pace group) that

usually inspires people to go on. I know I’ll finish no matter

what. I just want to make sure other people do, too. It’s

great to give something to people that helps them finish what

they started.

A year ago, a week after running the Pasadena Marathon, I

had an accident at work, hurting my left knee. The ER doctor

said it was just a bad bruise. I had weeks and weeks of

physical therapy with no improvement. That’s when the

occupational medicine doctor decided an MRI would be a good

idea. The MRI showed that my left quadriceps tendon was

80% torn and I would need to have surgery to repair it.

Unfortunately, the surgery was scheduled for AFTER the L.A.

Marathon. So, I walked the 2009 L.A. Marathon with the aid of

a cane and the help of four friends and my wife. Two friends walked the first 14 miles, one walked the

entire 26, and another walked the last four. My wife also met us at mile 22 and walked to the finish

line with us.

I was so happy that there was someone to greet me at the end when I got there after walking for 11


A few weeks after that, I underwent surgery to repair the torn tendon. Because it was such a severe

injury, recovery has been slow. My orthopedic doctor cleared me to start running only a few weeks

ago. So, I will be walking the 2010 L.A. Marathon again. In preparation, I walked the Pasadena

Marathon on February 21st with the help of my wife, who walked the last 10 miles. I completed it in 9

hours and 40 minutes, 1 hour and 20 minutes faster than I walked the L.A. Marathon in 2009.

Some final thoughts:

I don’t recommend putting one’s health at risk for a dream like I did. Every one of us has to make a

choice of what we are willing to risk. I know maybe it was poor judgment risking my left knee and not

being able to walk correctly to keep up the Legacy; however, I was willing to take that risk, and if at

worst, pay the consequences. I just hope that I gave some inspiration to others. It is true that

whatever goes around comes around. Call it karma, but I got help myself. Whatever I do for others,

it comes from my heart. I don’t expect anything in return. But, I know that anyone who sincerely

comes from that place, gets a lot back.

Born: Fort Worth, Texas in May 1955 (The Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll)

Ten years and three months in the U.S. Army (82nd Airborne)

Two wars and 52 parachute jumps, day and night

Airborne! All the way!


image Legacy Runner Ruth Carter #10242
Ruth Carter, age 70 (7/5/1939), Ridgecrest, CA
The first L.A. Marathon was my first marathon. Now I have completed 47 marathons

(including the 24 at L.A.) and several ultras. As everyone, I’m sure, I did L.A. under

all circumstances – 2 times when I had very bad colds, 8 times when I lived in

Sacramento, and so on. The hardest – the year my daughter passed away from

cancer. There are so many good memories, too. It’s so much fun to see other

Legacy Runners on the course and to be recognized as a Legacy by other runners.

Above all, I love the people of Los Angeles who come out to cheer us on and the

volunteers who work just about as hard as we do.

Ruth Carter, Legacy 10242