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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.

Thank you!

Jul 23, 2013

Students Run LA...25 Years And Running

Stephanie earned an SRLA scholarship in 2013
Stephanie earned an SRLA scholarship in 2013

25 Years and Running…this upcoming SRLA season will be our 25th!  Since 1989, SRLA has trained more than 51,000 middle and high school youth from all over the greater Los Angeles area, to prepare them to complete the LA Marathon.  While running is the core activity of the program, SRLA students learn that hard work, discipline, and perseverance lead to success, both at the marathon and in life.

SRLA’s success is both staggering and a tradition!  Every year, more than 90% of the students who attempt the marathon complete it.  In March 2013, 99% of our 3,184 SRLA runners did so!  Even more impressively, every year, more than 90% of the seniors who run the Marathon with SRLA graduate from high school.  In June 2013, 99% of our 693 seniors did so!  The students train with teachers at their school who volunteer to train with and mentor them.  The students are active ten hours a week, on average, and learn to love running and being physically active. 

During our upcoming 2013-14 season, we will train 3,200 students from 175 middle and high schools from around Los Angeles. SRLA must raise $300 per student, to provide each student with the uniforms and equipment, race entry fees, bus transportation, post-race nutrition over the 7-month training period.  What that $300 buys is priceless…

Bartolo at Manual Arts High School wrote “My involvement in Students Run LA has set me apart from bad influences and it has influenced me in getting better grades.”

Daniel at Santa Monica High School wrote, “While participating in Students Run LA I have lost weight…I have also become a leader to my sisters as I run with them weekly and push them to hopefully have them complete a marathon also.

Michelle at Aspire Pacific Academy wrote “I really liked the fact that running helped me clear my thoughts, and it also helped me release frustration and pain that had accumulated inside me.”

Nelson at Magnolia Science Academy wrote “SRLA has opened my eyes to the various opportunities this world has to offer.”

Help us provide our time-tested program of hope and opportunity to more students during our 25th anniversary season.  With your generous contributions, our students will become marathoners, graduates, and productive members of our community!  Thank you!

Sun Valley High Grads wear their Marathon medals
Sun Valley High Grads wear their Marathon medals
SRLA Students Triumph at 2013 Marathon
SRLA Students Triumph at 2013 Marathon
Apr 24, 2013

Students Run LA Triumphs at 2013 ASICS LA Marathon

SRLA Triumphs at the 2013 ASICS LA Marathon
SRLA Triumphs at the 2013 ASICS LA Marathon

They did it again!  On Sunday, March 17th, there were 3,184 SRLA runners at the 2013 ASICS LA Marathon, and 99% of them crossed the finish line.  The phenomenal young people in SRLA are students are ages 12 through 19, in 7th through 12th grades. They began their training in August 2012, and put in many miles and hours of effort alongside their volunteer teacher/leaders.  Their six-month learning experience with SRLA has strengthened their bodies, their minds and their characters in a way that will last well beyond the marathon.

SRLA hears from our alumni repeatedly about how the lessons of preparing for and completing a marathon are truly life lessons.  As one young woman, now in her thirties, who ran the 2013 ASICS LA Marathon told us,

“It’s easy to get lost in junior high; especially in Los Angeles where enrollment is in the thousands.  Plus, it’s that dangerous, impressionable time in your life when you first start to define who you are as an individual.

SRLA believed in me.  It built the confidence I have in my abilities to take anything on.  It has made me who I am today.  Learning that I could fulfill such a huge, daunting dream has stuck with me.  Since then, I have developed an “I can do that” attitude regardless what the task may be.  Move across the country?  I can do that!  Graduate from MIT?  Sure thing!  Give up a paycheck to serve in AmeriCorps?  Let’s do it!  Find my dream job?  Check!”

Thank you to all of our supporters for helping us provide at-risk teenagers in Los Angeles this tremendous opportunity to participate in a glorious community event (the ASICS LA Marathon) and to have the life-changing experience of training for and completing a marathon!

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