Marathon slow to pay bills

Last year's winners of the Los Angeles Marathon and other top runners boycotted this month's race because they didn't receive their winnings for almost a year, the Daily News' Billy Witz reports Saturday. Devine Racing, which took ownership of the L.A. Marathon in 2006, ran out of money to pay prizes but claims now to be on "solid financial footing." "We ran into a cash-flow crunch, but that's an old story," Chris Devine told Witz. "All the athletes have been paid, and we will demonstrate we've recovered from that." He said this year's winners would be paid within ninety days.

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