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Mark Casas (aka @RunnerMarx) is the mastermind behind this event, which started more than 3 years ago. His vision was to bring together runners from all over Greater Los Angeles for a social event with a mission – to support the next generation of runners!
This year, Mark designed some cool t-shirts especially for this event. He also secured more than 50 raffle prizes, including free entries to the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, Rock ‘n Roll Half Marathon, Jet to Jetty Beach Run 5K/10K, SRLA Arroyo 15K, SRLA 18-Mile Friendship Run and more!
There was lots of food, great music, and even a dance contest judged by “Friendless Pete.” Friendless Pete came to the very first UnitedLA picnic not knowing a soul, but now, he’s friends with so many in the LA running community. It’s just another way the UnitedLA picnic connects runners with each other.
The LA Running community came out in full force to support the next generation – $3,000 was raised for Students Run LA!