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Photos: LA Marathon 2012

It was surprisingly sunny as more than 23,000 people made their way from Dodger Stadium to Santa Monica.

For the second year in a row, rain may be part of the marathon experience for more than 23,000 runners and walkers participating in the LA Marathon on Sunday.

(Check Patch throughout the day for updates and photos on the LA Marathon, and.)

Race organizers say they are prepared with supplies and heating stations to keep participants safe. Last year, as 2.42 inches of rain fell during the marathon, 20 participants were hospitalized and more than 300 were evaluated for hypothermia.

This year, there will be 5,000 plastic trash bags at the starting line at Dodger Stadium to keep runners dry before the start. About 23,000 Mylar heating blankets will be divided up among 10 medical stations along the course and the finish line, according to marathon Chief Operating Officer Nick Curl. The course will also have heating buses at the medical stations and finish line to help runners who need medical attention.

"We're confident that by coordinating our efforts with the fire departments in all four jurisdictions (along the course) and Keck Medical Center of USC, we'll have enough equipment and support to keep our runners, volunteers and medical personnel as dry, warm and comfortable as possible on race day," Curl said.

The race is expected to begin around 7 a.m. at Dodger Stadium.

-- This report was compiled with information from City News Service.

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@Go_withthe_Floh March 18, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Jedward are Marathon Men!
Eva Ait March 18, 2012 at 10:49 PM
pic 32 are not costumed runners! This are the celebritis John&Edward=Jedward from Ireland. They are singer+have own TV show+will represent Ireland this year (and did it also last year) on ESC in Baku(Azerbajian) and they are in LA because they will go with their good friend Tara Reid to the American Pie #reunion premiere. And they like to wear Jeremy Scott fashion like they wear on this pic
jedwards miss america March 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM
those costumed runners! yeah they are john&edward aka jedward the pop duo who competed in x facotr a couple of years ago and since then they have had their own tv shows, tours, two albums and are working on a third they also represented ireland in the eurovision song contest and are representing them again this year ! they are in LA to visit their friend tara reid and they will be going to the american pie re-union movie premier with her :)
Sara Fay March 18, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Ah! Thanks for letting me know! I just changed the caption.
Lisa Hafey March 18, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Hi Sara - it's JOHN and Edward, not Jared. Thanks!
George Vreeland Hill March 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I cheered until I started losing my voice. I think I drank more water than the runners. Anyway, it was a great time for everyone. George Vreeland Hill
Sara Fay March 19, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Ahhh! Thanks, I'm changing it now. Long day...
edz March 19, 2012 at 12:20 AM
so glad you change the caption regarding John and Edward aka Jedward

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