Legacy Runner Scott Cline #10147
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!
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