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!
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