L.A. Marathon: Twentynine Palms resident ‘back from the dead’

Charles Delvalle
City of residence: Twentynine Palms
Age: 47

Charles Delvalle ran the Los Angeles Marathon for 16 consecutive years before he awoke from a coma four days prior to the 2012 event. Though a severe case of pneumonia required he be placed into an induced coma for 14 days, he insisted on performing his traditional run.

“I was so weak I couldn’t lift a glass,” Delvalle said. “They said you can’t go. You can’t walk. So I watched it on TV, but I was very sad I missed the marathon.”

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