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Marathon Raises Nearly $350,000, Deadliners Pick Up Medal

By Lookout Staff

April 20 -- Several thousand runners helped raise nearly $350,000 for Saint John’s Health Center during the 24th Annual Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon in Griffith Park Sunday.

Runners begin 26-mile main event. (Photo courtesy of Saint John's Health Center)

Hosted by Robert Wagner and sponsored by Lexus, the race drew 490 teams comprised of five members, each running 5.2 miles before passing the baton.

The Lookout Deadliners finished third -- behind two teams fielded by LA Fitness Magazine -- in the print media category and fourth among the nine newspapers, magazines and television stations participating in the five-mile media relay.

Deadliners prepare for race. (Photo by Lookout Staff)

“We’re thinking about switching to the electronic media category next year, where we would have finished second,” said the Deadliners team captain Olin Ericksen. “But with some extra training, I think we can take LA Fitness.”

Jose Solano, who catapulted to fame as the lead in the hit television show, “Baywatch,” ran the first leg for the Deadliners in the five-person, five-mile relay race.

(From left) Team Captain Olin Ericksen, Ashley Guinn and Brian Allen with medals. (Photo by Lookout Staff)

Nike Team Run LA won the 26-mile main event, followed by Run With Us #1 and Spiros III Mexico.

One of the largest five-person relay races in the United States, the relay marathon is comprised of numerous divisions, according to age, gender and corporate/industry affiliation.

Runners take off in children's race. (Photo courtesy of Saint John's)

There are also special categories for the very young, such as the Diaper Dash and the Children's Race.

Since the first race in 1982, the Relay Marathon has raised nearly $9 million.

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