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“Students Run LA” & the LA Marathon

Mar 21, 2011 by Lisa Newton

Like many others, I was watching the soggy LA Marathon runners yesterday. Better yet, if you were a participant, I bet you saw a few marathoners from the Students Run LA (SRLA) group.

Until yesterday, I had never heard of them. However, after listening and watching one of the student’s parents on Los Angeles’ KTLA’s live online broadcast, I wanted to learn more about them.

They’re an amazing bunch!

What’s a better goal then getting middle and high school kids away from texting, surfing the Net, or just vegging in front of the TV by running?

That’s right, getting them motivated to become marathoners is quite a feat.

Starting every September, each participating student has to pass a physical (of course), have parental permission, and dedicate themselves to rigorously train for the race. From that point, over the next few months, the student start their initiation with running small community races of 2-3 miles.

For each student who’s able to train until November, Nike will generously donate a pair of running shoes for each one of them.
Then, over subsequent months, the student’s progress to a 5K, 10K, 15K, half marathon, and a 18-mile run–all with the end goal of participating in the LA Marathon in March.

The students come from all over the city, participating via their middle or high school. From its humble beginnings in 1986, started by just one school teacher who saw the benefits of getting kids to train for the LA Marathon as a way to motivate them to learn how to meet a challenge, today, over 42,000 students have participated in SRLA.

Each year, on average, more than 95% of the students who start the marathon finish the full 26.2 mile course.

To carry out its mission, SRLA has four key objectives:

  • To provide teacher mentors who assist students in their training and who reinforce the lessons of responsibility, discipline and goal-setting.
  • To support students in tackling a supremely difficult goal, to break down their mental barriers to this goal, and to create “can do” attitudes.
  • To create an opportunity for students of all ethnic groups, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds to meet one another and experience an important sense of belonging.
  • To offer a program in which all students are welcome, all have the same chance to achieve the goal, and all become winners.

And it’s working. Just take a look:

20 years of Students Run LA:

  • 1,920,000 miles covered by SRLA participants during 2008-09 alone
  • 186,000 hours collectively given by the volunteer teacher leader annually
  • 80,000 pairs of running shoes
  • 58,000 training shirts
  • 39,000 students
  • 6,000 volunteer teacher leaders
  • 1,214 scholarships awarded
  • 1 goal – completing the LA Marathon

If you’d like to get involved, you’re welcome to donate either your time, or money, or better yet, both.

We can all be proud of Los Angeles’ “Students Run LA,” and their deep commitment to running the LA Marathon, and Kudos to all the thousands of participants.

And as yesterday showed us, that when the community backs its youth, the sky is the limit for their future.

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