link The race is in progress as I write this, at the 22 mile point, with the lead male runner closing on the lead female runner. The marathon organizers wanted to generate excitement and attention for the L.A. marathon with this new gimmic. The headstart was timed accurately. It's not clear whether a man or woman will win this race. (I'll post after it's over for those who are curious.) Is this a good idea, having men chase women to the finish line? Publicity helps the marathon, but is it detrimental to the runners to arrange the race this way? I don't know and I wonder what others think.