LA Marathon

Women Elite runners start of the Asics LA Marathon     Photo: Rich Cruse

Big Payday for Runner Amane Gobena

Wins L.A. Marathon, finishes ahead of the men

To the victor go the spoils. Amane Gobena, the women's race winner of yesterday's L.A. Marathon, made more money per hour than half of U.S. wage earners made in 2012—about $30,612.

Gobena, of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, received $25,000 on Sunday for winning the women's race and an additional $50,000 for finishing ahead of the men. The women were given a 17-minute, 41-second head start as part of the event's gender challenge. Gobena finished in 2:27:37, 41 seconds ahead of men's winner Gebo Burka, who covered the 26.2 miles through Los Angeles in 2:10:37.

"I'm building a house," Gobena told reporters through an interpreter, "and definitely that house will be paid off."

USA Half Marathon champ Lauren Kepplin finished as the top American in 2:28:48, which was good for third. Gabe Proctor, a Mammoth Track Club member, was the top American man in sixth place in 2:15:17.

More than 25,000 participants took part in the 29th annual marathon. In January, Los Angeles won the bid to host the 2016 marathon trials.