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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