Big Payday for Runner Amane Gobena
Wins L.A. Marathon, finishes ahead of the men
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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.