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LA Marathoners: No Free Rides?

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There's yet another fight brewing in city hall over transportation, albeit on a much smaller scale than most others. At stake this time: free MTA rides for LA marathon participants. A reader forwards us this email from Friends of the LA Marathon (FoLAM?):

When we first announced our new point-to-point course last summer, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke to the significance of transporting participants for free on the Metro on race day. Yesterday, L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina, in her capacity as MTA Chair, said in a committee meeting that marathoners should not be provided with free race day transportation and withdrew the agenda item from next week's MTA board meeting. Mayor Villaraigosa plans to take this matter directly to the MTA board meeting on February 22.We're all urged to email Molina directly to give those lazy runners a free ride. We say walk. After all, what's another couple of miles after running 26 miles?