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Crossing the finish line

The finale of a marathon is like a un-orchestrated, chaotic play of human endeavor, unfurling before a chanting, screaming crowd, a play of exhaustion, triumph, tears — sometimes collapse — but ultimately accomplishment. It’s a sixth-grader completing a race of 26 miles, a cancer survivor winning over her illness, a 77-year-old completing his 206th marathon — a scene so wonderfully varied that its creates a tapestry of the human condition. Runners from 12 to 77, first-time marathoners to veteran marathoners, participants in the Los Angeles Marathon talk about crossing the finish line. More than 25,000 participants took part in the 29th annual race, which followed a course from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica. These are a few of their stories.

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