Students Run LA (SRLA) provides a six-month long-distance running program to prepare middle and high school students to enter and complete the Los Angeles Marathon. Students run with their leaders three to four times a week and attend community races that bring all the SRLA groups together. Team leaders also prepare in their role as an SRLA leader by attending a Leaders Training Conference. Over the six month period, students participate in a 5K, 10K, 15K, two half marathons, and an 18-mile run, culminating with the Los Angeles Marathon. The program provides students with a safe, supervised program of exercise, mentoring and goal setting, a healthy and constructive alternative to involvement in gangs, use of illegal substances, and sitting in front of the television. The students learn that hard work and persistence leads to success.
I’m fortunate that I am able to crash their runs, especially their 15K at Universal Studios Backlot.