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.
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!
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!
3,000 SRLA Students are coming down the stretch to the marathon
The 3,000 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 only have SRLA’s annual 18-Mile Friendship Run to complete before they have earned their marathon uniforms and entries.
We invite you to mark your calendars for these two big events:
If you don’t feel like running the full 18-mile course, there is the option to run ten miles instead.
These two events will mark the end of our SRLA season, but not the end of the impacts of SRLA. SRLA is changing lives. As Kevin, one of last year’s SRLA students told us:
“After joining SRLA I became more open to the idea of new things. I made new friends and gained a new healthier appearance.
“Before running, I used to see college success as a dream that was only achievable by the elite. But after crossing the finish line I realized that I can accomplish anything with hard work.
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
The middle and high school students of Students Run LA (SRLA) are well into their training for the LA Marathon next March. They have been running with their volunteer teacher/leaders since August, and have already completed a 5K and a 10K race. Along the way, they are learning that their hard work and perseverance will lead to success at these races, at the LA Marathon, and in life.
We invite you to come out and run with them at their 15K race on Saturday, November 10th, on the back lot of Universal Studios. The students will take on this challenging course three times to complete the distance of 15K. You will have the option of running once, twice, or three times…YOUR CHOICE!
The price for this race is $30 per runner. Online registration is available on our web site, or directly at http://www.imathlete.com/events/runwithsrla. You may consider supporting two (or more) of our students in this race for another $30. If you do not want to run with the students, you may choose to simply support our students with your contribution of $30, $60, $120, or more. A donation of $300 will support one student for the entire season!
We hope you will choose to participate in this first-ever “Run With SRLA Day” and help our students on their way to the LA Marathon and a better life!
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