After 14 miles, Heather Lieberg, 38, a mother of three from Montana, looked up to see no one in front of her Sunday at the Los Angeles Marathon.
Although others felt the 47-degree temperature at the race’s start was too cool, she considered the light snow and 20-degree conditions at home and thought, “Perfect.”
“I felt awesome, it was fun,” Lieberg said, turning to spot onetime L.A. Marathon champion Hellen Jepkurgat and Jane Kibii, both of Kenya, to each side, with elite American runner Joanna Reyes just behind.
“I just wanted to hang in as long as I could.”
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