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Boyle Heights Turns Out to Support the Runners

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, March 05, 2007, at 08:04AM
LA Marathon Eric Richardson [Flickr]

After watching the lead runners descend from the bridge into Downtown I made my way across the river via Seventh street. My primary goal was to get shots of runners with the skyline in the distance.

When I got over to Boyle Heights what I found was a community that turned out and made the race an event.

LA Marathon The new course came east across the river on Olympic before turning north onto Boyle. It then made a left onto Whittier, coming back to Downtown across the Sixth Street Bridge. That last corner, where runners turned from Boyle to Whittier, was packed with cheering onlookers. Heck, there were even cheerleaders, probably from a local elementary or middle school.

You better believe that a special cheer went up whenever a runner passed by who was wearing a jersey from Mexico. In the end, though, they were very egalitarian in their applause and yelling. They were just out to have a good time and help the runners make those last few miles into Downtown.

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