Training for a for life

by Students Run America dba Students Run LA
Running Changes Lives...
Running Changes Lives...

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:

  • SRLA’s 18th annual 18-Mile Friendship Run takes place at Hansen Dam in Lakeview Terrace on Sunday, February 10th.  This rigorous course is two loops around the park and across the dam…truly testing the physical endurance and mental toughness of our students.  Many have told us that one they completed this race, they were confident that they could run the full 26.2-mile marathon.  Registration is open to the public at

If you don’t feel like running the full 18-mile course, there is the option to run ten miles instead.

  • The LA Marathon ® is Sunday, March 17th.   Look for our SRLA runners in their bright green singlets beginning at Dodger Stadium, then running through downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood and West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and West LA, and ending up along San Vicente Boulevard and Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.  Please celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year by coming to the marathon and cheering for all of the runners!

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

Change a Teenager
Change a Teenager's Life for $300
SRLA Students Training for the LA Marathon
SRLA Students Training for the LA Marathon

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 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!

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


SRLA Leaders Discuss Upcoming Season
SRLA Leaders Discuss Upcoming Season

SRLA kicked off its 24th season of training Los Angeles middle and high school students for the LA Marathon last week with our annual SRLA Leaders Training Conference. More than 450 teachers (and a few police officers and others) volunteer to serve as SRLA Leaders to train with the students.  These individuals teach subjects as varied as math, drafting, biology, and physical education, at middle or high school level.  Not all are runners.  However, they all share a passion for helping young people succeed. They not only run several hours a week with the students, but they also teach them about health, nutrition and appropriate training, support them through difficulties, and travel with them all over Southern California to attend weekend races.  The SRLA Leaders spend on average ten to fifteen hours each week in SRLA activities.  By their example and diligence, these leaders teach their students life-long lessons in effort, commitment and success.

These amazing VOLUNTEERS will begin recruiting students to SRLA when school begins later this month.  Then the adventure of SRLA begins again for new and returning students…to the LA Marathon on St. Patrick’s Day next year!

We hope you will choose to support our students and their Leaders along the way.

SRLA Students Ready For Honda LA Marathon
SRLA Students Ready For Honda LA Marathon

The day was cool, crisp and clear...the sun sparkled on the Pacific Ocean at the finish line...and 99.2% of the 2,856 SRLA runners got to see that beautiful sight, as they crossed the finish line of the 2012 Honda LA Marathon on Sunday, March 18th.  The SRLA students are ages 12 through 19, in 7th through 12th grades They began their training in September 2011, and continued for the 26 weeks leading up the huge event.  Besides getting into terrific shape (good enough to complete a 26.2-mile marathon), they learned that hard work and discipline yield success, both at the Marathon and in life!  Their attitudes towards school and their education changed; their health improved; they stayed out of trouble; and their outlook about their futures changed, as they learned to set and achieve their goals.  But they say it one student wrote:

“My experience with SRLA helped me do better in school and set higher standards for myself.  When I entered high school in 9th grade I had a ‘careless’ lifestyle, school was unimportant to me, and my grades showed it.  In 10th grade my best friend convinced me to join SRLA.  Slowly my health habits started changing.  I started waking up earlier, sleeping earlier, and doing better in school.  For the 3 consecutive years that I was in SRLA my grades greatly improved because of SRLA.  I also stayed away from drugs and alcohol.  My goal now is to go to Cal State Long Beach just like my coach did."

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 Honda LA Marathon) and to have the life-changing experience of training for and completing a marathon!


SRLA Student Running the 18-Mile Friendship Run
SRLA Student Running the 18-Mile Friendship Run

The Honda LA Marathon is coming up on Sunday, March 18th, and the 3,000 SRLA runners will be ready for it.  They have been training at one of 165 middle and high schools around the Greater Los Angeles area since last September, building the strength and endurance to complete 26.2 miles.  In the process, they have learned to enjoy running, eat more healthy foods, and set a goal and achieve it.  On Sunday, February 16th, they ran in SRLA's annual 18-Mile Friendship Run at Hansen Dam Recreation Area in the northeastern San Fernando Valley.  They completed two difficult loops around the park and across the dam, and are now ready for a full Marathon.  Thank you for all of your support for these marvelous teenagers.  Please look for them on Marathon Day!  They'll all be wearing Nike Volt singlets, and should be quite visible as they run along the course.  We hope you will come out and cheer them on!  (And if you can't, we hope you will follow them on KTLA Channel 5.)

SRLA Students Running the 18-Mile Friendship Run
SRLA Students Running the 18-Mile Friendship Run



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Students Run America dba Students Run LA

Location: Tarzana, CA - USA
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Students Run America dba Students Run LA
Project Leader:
Virginia Gibbs
Tarzana, CA United States

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