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A personal victory for Korir

Los Angeles Marathon winner overcame violence in his homeland

Updated: March 22, 2010, 12:21 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

SANTA MONICA -- Wesley Korir has been running his whole life. In the beginning it was five miles to school and back, later it was about 85 miles for his life and to freedom and now its 26.2 miles to become the first back-to-back winner of the Los Angeles Marathon in eight years.

The sight of Korir being mobbed by photographers and well-wishers as he crossed the finish line was one of the only aspects of the race unchanged from last year as organizers introduced a new "Stadium to the Sea" ...

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