Students Run America dba Students Run LA

The mission of Students Run LA is to challenge at-risk secondary students to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with a truly life-changing experience: The training for and completion of the ASICS LA Marathon.
Mar 26, 2014

2014 -- Students Run LA -- 25 Years Running

SRLA Triumphs at 2014 ASICS LA Marathon
SRLA Triumphs at 2014 ASICS LA Marathon


Our students did it again! We had 3,360 runners at the starting line of the ASICS LA Marathon, and 99% of them completed the full 26.2-mile course! Our students began training last August and put in many miles and hours of effort alongside their volunteer teacher/leaders. Their six-month learning experience with Students Run LA (SRLA) has strengthened their bodies, their minds and their characters in a way that will last well beyond the Marathon.

For 25 years and with 54,000 students, SRLA has provided one program: A teacher (the “SRLA Leader”) volunteering to train with his or her middle or high school students for 26 weeks, to prepare for a marathon. While the students and Leaders run, they talk. Students discuss issues they face; Leaders listen and encourage them. Students feel more connected to school, and their attendance improves. Students stay out of trouble, and they graduate and make plans for college.

Through participating in SRLA, students self-discover a healthy life style: They grow to enjoy running; they eat differently; they choose not to use hazardous substances; they realize that running reduces stress; and they take these lessons home to their families. Making these behavior changes on their own, rather than being told to, makes them more lasting.

Finally, SRLA produces marathoners…individuals with the strength, stamina and mental fortitude to run 26.2 miles in one undertaking. Helping thousands of Los Angeles youth attain these qualities, SRLA enables them to overcome the other difficulties they face in their lives, and move onto paths towards success.

SRLA is celebrating this 25th anniversary season with a Gala Celebration on Thursday, May 8th, at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Los Angeles, California. Join us to celebrate 25 years of empowerment, achievement and character development.  Enter to win a Honda CR-V, generously donated by HONDA to support SRLA.  For more details or to buy Opportunity Drawing tickets, call the SRLA Office at 818-654-3360.

Jan 7, 2014

2014 -- Students Run LA -- 25 Years Running

Conquering The Marathon
Conquering The Marathon

The 3,200 middle and high school students of Students Run LA (SRLA) are nearly ready!  They have been training with their volunteer teacher/leaders since last summer, and will put themselves on the line on Sunday, March 9th, to run the 26.2-mile ASICS LA Marathon.

For 24 years, Students Run LA (SRLA) has focused on one program:  A teacher (the “SRLA Leader”) volunteering to train with his/her middle or high school students for 26 weeks, to prepare for a marathon. Yet this one program has myriad impacts:

  • Our students tell us that running helps them clear their heads of the stress in their lives.
  • They report that spending time running with SRLA is an acceptable reason not to go with a gang, and often they will bring their younger siblings and cousins to SRLA to keep them out of gangs.
  • They also report that the SRLA group becomes like a second family to them, caring about who they are, where they are, what they are doing, and where they are headed.  That feeling of belonging brings them to school and sustains them as they navigate their way.
  • The SRLA Leaders mentor the students, helping them not only complete a marathon, but also stay in school, graduate, plan for college, become more healthy, and succeed on their own. 

The students who participate in SRLA face some of the most difficult circumstances in our community.  Most come from families living at or below the federal poverty level, their parents working hard to find and maintain jobs.  Many are from new immigrant families, often without much education, and may enter high school with little or no English skills, which make them feel like outsiders. They live in neighborhoods with high levels of drug use and gang violence, giving them a sense of danger around them.  Several SRLA schools are in areas where 50% of the students live in foster families, and some of our students are homeless. Being in SRLA helps students overcome these difficulties and move onto a path towards success.

You can change a teenager’s life for $300.  Please contribute to Students Run LA.

Students Run LA...In It For The Long Run...26.2 Miles  

To the Finish Line and Beyond
To the Finish Line and Beyond
The Final Result -- 99% Graduation Rate
The Final Result -- 99% Graduation Rate
Oct 11, 2013

Students Run LA...25 Years Running, and SRLA cares

SRLA Students Collect Pennies for Breast Cancer
SRLA Students Collect Pennies for Breast Cancer

Students Run LA is off and running for our 25th anniversary season. The students have been training with their volunteer teacher/leaders since mid-August, and completed their first 5K on Saturday, September 28th. Their next challenge is a 10K race in the city of La Puente on Sunday, October 27th.

SRLA is primarily about teaching teenagers that hard work and perseverance can help them accomplish whatever goals they have...whether completing a marathon, completing algebra, completing high school, or completing a doctorate. Our students learn to conquer the obstacles in their lives and are stronger, more resilient people as a result.

Another goal of SRLA is to teach the students to give back to their communities, and for the last three years, SRLA has carried out an "SRLA Cares" piece of every race. We want to instill in our students a sense that, by running, they are part of something bigger than themselves...they are part of the Southern California running community. We also want to instill in them the awareness that, no matter their circumstances, they can give back to their community. At the 5K race the students of SRLA were challenged to bring in pennies for breast cancer. And they brought in a TON of them! Well, actually, only half a ton, but it added up to nearly $1500. SRLA will contribute these funds to breast cancer research.

Penny by penny, our students collected half a ton. Step by step, our students will run 26.2 miles next March. $300 by $300 we will support each student with uniforms, race entries, bus transportation, and nutrition. Please help us get these terrific teenagers to the starting line of the ASICS LA Marathon on March 9, 2014. 

Please donate to Students Run LA.

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