Age 52 Lakewood
I began running on a dare that I
could not run a marathon. The
first L.A marathon was a month
after I had ran my first marathon.
Feeling that I was in shape,
I signed up for the L.A. marathon.
The course was unbelievable from
the beginning at the Sports Arena
through China town…finishing at
The crowd was so amazing, never
had I experienced so many people
cheering and having fun. I have
now run 57 marathons, but L.A. has been a special part of my life now for 25 years. I feel
blessed to be able to show up at the starting line each year, and I thank all the other
Legacy members who have made it fun.
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