A good picture from last year’s LA Marathon on Memorial Day, when I saw a guy ahead of me running with a large American flag. I caught up to him and told him how great it looked but asked if it wasn’t heavy. He said, “No, here you try it.” and he handed it off to me.
John Butcher 10155
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!
(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.
Albert Allen, Born April 7th, 1945
L. A. Legacy Runner #10193
He currently lives in Inglewood CA. He was born and raised in
Texas, and attended Prairie View A & M University near Houston
TX. After graduating with a degree in Mathematics and emphasis in
Computer Science, he moved to California in 1967. Albert got his
graduate degree from the University of Southern California (USC) in
1975. He worked as a Computer Software Engineer for many years,
and retired in 2001. He now devotes his time to Running Marathons
and Real Estate Investments (Residential and Commercial). He has
a daughter (Amber) that work for the IRS. His significant other
(Bettye) of 32 years is an Interior Decorator.
He run to raise money for breast cancer every chance he gets. His
oldest sister (Ina) died of breast cancer the first year the Los
Angeles Marathon started (1986). He has another sister (Bernice)
who is a breast cancer survivor since 1995. He started running in
1970 to get ready for the US Army basic training. He spent six year
in the US Army. When he started running marathons in 1978, he
and his friends felt the need for a high quality marathon in Los
Angeles. After the 1984 Olympics was held in Los Angeles, it only
took 2 more years to make the Los Angeles Marathon happen in
1986. He and several friends vowed to run the first 20 Los Angeles
marathons, and that happened in the year 2005. Albert has been
running for 40 years and since 1978 he has done about 125 marathons. He vows to keep running the L A marathon
each year. His magnificent marathon support team consist of his sister Bernice and his significant other Bettye.
They have showed up to cheer him on in every L A Marathon.
He would like to continue running marathons, raise money to help fight cancer, and help beginning and intermediate
runners learn how to run year after year after year.
Looking forward to the next Los Angeles Marathon.
Albert (Al) Allen – 10193