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Leader Spotlight: Sharon Kerson

Sharon Kerson signed on with SRLA as one of the original leaders who was attracted to the crazy idea of training high school students to complete a 26.2-mile marathon.   Sharon left leading a SRLA group when she retired from teaching, but she continues to support the program in so many ways. And, as you will […]

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Inaugural SRLA Alumni 5K Fun Run!

What a beautiful day it was for the Inaugural SRLA Alumni 5K Fun Run/ Walk! More than 200 participants came out to celebrate. SRLA alumni reconnected with each other, their leaders, and the greater SRLA running community. Here are just a few of the folks on the grounds that day: The 5K run kicked off […]

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STAR Award Spotlight: Phil Hale

Phil Hale represents SRLA at the Southern California Indian Center (SCIC), and is a member of the Navajo Nation. As part of this cultural connection, Phil is also a fancy dancer and ceremonial singer. Phil not only gives of his time to train and mentor students in SRLA, he is dedicated to native youth by […]

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3rd Annual “Celebrating Dreams” Event

  Students Run LA got a jump-start on recognizing its seniors earlier this year. On May 21st, Honda hosted 220 SRLA seniors, leaders and volunteers at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach for the 3rd Annual SRLA “Celebrating Dreams” graduation event.   SRLA seniors were treated to a full day at the Aquarium […]

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Sigifredo’s Senior Story – Getting Strong, Again!

  Students Run LA was at first a means to get healthy– I wanted to get fit and feel good. It was both an opportunity and a personal challenge because of the fact that I was still suffering from the effects of my disease and my surgery. I had developed Ulcerative Colitis when I was […]

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John’s Senior Story – Never Give Up!

  I looked far and wide, through the sea of runners, hoping to find a medical tent. “Red tent…red tent…” It was the only thing racing through my mind. My knees ached, legs tired, and energy depleted. At last I had reached the 18th mile, but I no longer wanted to finish. I continued through the path […]

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STAR Award Spotlight: Mike Sheehan

  Mike Sheehan, another of our four Star Award recipients, has a generosity of spirit and character evident to all who know him. Mike is dedicated to his church and to his students, and especially to a family from Senegal, West Africa, for whom he has offered help and support to integrate them into their […]

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Vivian’s Senior Story – Proud & Powerful

  “Great job, keep it up!” The crowd is cheering us on with motivational chants and signs. The air smells like sunscreen with a pinch of sweat. My cheeks are burning up and I know they must look as red as a tomato. I stare down at my throbbing feet as they take their next […]

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STAR Award Spotlight: Tasneem Chithiwala

  We’re proud to bring you the first installment of 2016 STAR award winner profiles. Tasneem Chithiwala, one of four 2016 SRLA Star Award recipients, was chosen for her creative and enthusiastic leadership of her students along with her unselfish outreach to her fellow teachers. Tasneem not only provided dynamic leadership for her students, she […]

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Oscar’s Senior Story – Learning Life Skills

  In addition to the physical training needed to run the Los Angeles Marathon and teaching life skills, Students Run Los Angeles is a program that has undoubtedly helped students achieve academic success. For the last six years I have been committed to a program that has molded its students, not only to complete a […]

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