City of residence: Twentynine Palms
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.”