Student Testimonials

  • The most important thing I learned is that you have to stay motivated because LIFE will try to beat you up- a lot, and you have to be PROUD of each and every challenge you go through because the physical and emotional SCARS of those challenges are MEDALS of BRAVERY and NEVER GIVING UP!!!!!

    - Jennifer
  • I never thought I would end up falling in love with the [SRLA] program; I love the physical activity, but I also feel it has helped me improve my communication skills due to the fact that I have met meet a variety of new and interesting people. Participating in the program is the best decision I have made.

    - Moises
  • [Running] makes me feel like I can tackle any challenge, and I can achieve anything…even the ultimate goal, finishing the LA Marathon! SRLA has changed my life forever. It gave me a new way of setting short term goals for any long term activity, more confidence overall, and the feeling that I can do anything in life!

    - Kinnari
  • Through my participation of the marathon…I have developed an unbreakable connection with my community.

    - Reynaldo
  • I knew that the SRLA believes in each runner, but most importantly I started believing in myself. Now I know that any challenge in life can be achieved with dedication, determination, and believing in myself.

    - Rosa
  • Running the marathon did not consist of having the strongest legs, but having the strongest mind. I learned nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself and you work hard for it.

    - Bernardo
  • Before joining [SRLA] I pictured my life different. After finishing high school, I thought of getting a job and keep on going with my education by attending a community college…I told my leader my plans after high school…His words were “You are a smart kid. After the marathon you would feel you can accomplish anything.” These words…made me want to apply to a California State University.

    - Laura
  • Before [SRLA], I had no intentions of getting a higher education…I was actually too busy stressing out in how would I be able to help my family financially. After joining SRLA…, my teammates, leaders and friends had told me that going to college would really help my family…Thanks to every one of them and my experiences with SRLA I plan to go to Cerritos College and transfer to Cal State Long Beach.

    - Alan
  • Using the determination I had when completing the marathon I now use it to graduate from high school.

    - Jimmy
  • The thought of going to college was a dream that I never thought would be possible. However my SRLA experience has led me to believe that college can be a reality and that the future is full of promise. I’m ready…I’ve got my running shoes on…I’m going the distance.

    - Gloria
  • If I can complete a marathon, graduating will be a piece of cake.

    - Cesar
  • One way SRLA has benefited my life is that I feel more active, and I do not get as tired when I do certain activities. I actually feel a difference in how my body feels. Last year…I could not even run a mile. This year has been a great accomplishment for me, and I feel good because I notice my improvement.

    - Jailan
  • SRLA has shown me how much I love to run and that exercising can be fun…Even when I graduate high school, I will keep coming to the races to motivate the rookies and have an amazing time supporting one of the activities I love.

    - Haik
  • Before Students Run LA came into my life, I was an unhealthy eater. Like many teens I spent a lot of my time eating junk food. I never ate vegetables because I found their taste disgusting. Even though I enjoyed eating fruits because of their taste, I would reach for the greasy potato chips which were more accessible to me… I never drank water because I found its taste bland. Worst of all I would normally not eat anything until late afternoons. I was such a bad eater that I got to the point where I had anemia…I knew I couldn’t keep the same dietary habits if I were to train for the marathon…I started eating earlier every day. I would bring my own lunch from home which included fruits. I also started drinking more water and surprisingly it started to taste better. Now, water is pretty much all I drink. My change in dietary habits actually helped my anemia go away…I decided that running was something I wanted to do even after I left high school and Students Run LA .

    - Stephany
  • I weighed more back then and SRLA has transformed me into a more healthy and responsible human being. This made my parents proud.

    - Pablo
  • After being part of [SRLA] for 2 years, I have been able to live a healthier life style and it has given me the opportunity to influence my younger brother on the importance of exercise and healthier food choices at a really young age.

    - Jessica
  • I can say I have visited Los Angeles, a beautiful city with amazingly helpful people. Now I love going out and running has helped me physically and emotionally.

    - Diana
  • Running kept me in shape, lowered my high cholesterol, distracted me from my personal problems, and best of all helped me accomplish my long term goals like running a marathon.

    - Daniela
  • My leader, Mr. Mike Smith, has been a great motivation to continue in the program and pursue a higher education

    - Karla
  • In 2010, when I began training for the 2011 Marathon, 26.2 miles seemed like an impossible task to do. However, the leaders helped us look at things step by step rather than just 26.2 miles. What began as an unimaginable challenge became a wonderful accomplishment. I plan to take this same mindset when going to college.

    - Melissa
  • I was fortunate to have amazing coaches who have done the same by always encouraging me to take chances and have told me that my hard work would pay off one day. Their encouraging words and amazing advice has assured me that I will be someone someday. It was because they all believed in me that I believed in myself and challenged myself in everything, especially in school. I owe it to them for how far I have come and how far I will go with my future.

    - Alexandra
  • “(M)y team leader is a constant inspiration as he tells me stories of many successful students who came from my high school and have made it to the best universities in the nation.

    - Thelma
  • My favorite thing about running is that I am able to buffer out any outside problems I have and just run .

    - Elisa
  • (SRLA) has influenced me to go to school and become a role model in my community after I graduate from college. I want to develop more programs like SRLA for students who are on the borderline of becoming gang members

    - Rodrigo
  • Running would relax me and take problems I had off my mind.

    - Malynn
  • Students Run LA has been a great support in my life because I have used my training as a guiding light on the highway of my life to keep me away from drugs, gangs, and addictions. Running and (the) clarity that it gives my mind have inspired me to be a productive member of my family and society.

    - Hamilton