Sixty runners from 35 countries representing all levels of athletes from around the globe came out to Los Angeles as part of the #GORUNLA campaign leading up the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday. It all started at the two-day pre-race expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center where runners, fans and supporters could find an exclusive collection of limited edition footwear, apparel and accessories including the super cool black and white Los Angeles Skechers GOrun Forza 2 seen above. More than 33,000 stopped by the expo and passed through the massive Skechers Performance booth and had the chance to meet 2016 winner Weldon Kirui and Skechers Performance runner Kara Goucher.
And then on race day over 23,000 runners from all 50 states and 63 countries ran the 26.2 miles from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica pier. It was an extremely fun and exciting day for all involved! Several elite athletes wearing Skechers Performance footwear had great finishes including Jane Kibii from Kenya (seen below) who came in second at 2:36:14 and Heather Lieberg from the United States at 2:43:43 for the women as well as Weldon Kirui of Kenya who crossed the finish line fourth among the men at 2:13:24.
We’re also incredibly proud of all the first-time runners this year! Check out Sophie Geoffrion and Chloé Rochette from Quebec, Canada moments after they crossed the finish line—a first marathon completion for both who supported each other through training and every mile of the race. It’s always a thrill to see that joy after crossing the finish line!
After all the hard work it was time to party and relax…and we welcomed our #GORUNLA vip runners, the more then 50 runners from the Skechers team in Manhattan Beach, and all the event supporters at the Starlight Room VIP lounge near the finish line. At this point it was time to catch our breath…the 2018 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is now less than a year away! Early bird registration is available through Friday, March 25…learn more at lamarathon.com!
And for some history of the brand and our ongoing title sponsorship of the Los Angeles Marathon, check out this feature interview with Skechers president Micheal Greenberg that aired during KTLA’s coverage of the race!