SRLA 18-mile Friendship Run at Hansen Dam

23rd Annual
SRLA 18-Mile Friendship Run
presented by Richard Lewis and Federica Decurgez


Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 8:00 am


Hansen Dam Recreation Area
11001 Dronfield Ave.
Pacoima, CA 91331


Registration for the SRLA 18-mile Friendship Run is open to the public, ages 18 and older.

$65.00 – Early Registration thru Thursday, January 12,

$75.00 – Registration thru Friday, February 9, 2018

Online registration closes on February 9, 2018 at 11:59 am.

Race Day Registration: $85

Registration includes: professional chip timing, finisher t-shirt and medal, and post-race refreshment.


All proceeds benefit Students Run LA. Students Run LA has a NO REFUND policy.

Course Description

The 18-Mile Friendship Run is the premier training race for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon.

The 18-mile course consists of two 9-mile loops starting in the Hansen Dam Recreation Area. The course travels along streets that are closed to traffic and, then, crosses the two-mile dam. After the second loop, the run finishes in the park. Water stations and toilets will be available throughout the course, except on the dam. Water stations will be located before the dam and after exiting the dam.

Click HERE for a course map.


Entrance at Dronfield Ave. off of Osborne Street between Glenoaks and Foothill Blvds.

Click HERE for Google Map directions.

From 5 Freeway (Northbound):

  • Exit at Osborne Street
  • Turn right on Osborne Street
  • Continue for 2+ miles past Glenoaks Blvd.
  • Turn right into the park at Dronfield Ave.

From 118 Freeway (Eastbound):

  • Exit at Glenoaks Blvd.
  • Turn left onto Paxton St.
  • Turn right onto Glenoaks and continue to Pierce St.
  • Turn left onto Pierce Street
  • Turn right on Dronfield Ave., continue straight at Osborne St. and into the park

From 210 Freeway (East or Westbound):

  • Exit at Osborne St.
  • Turn right (if heading east) or left (if heading west) onto Foothill Blvd.
  • Turn left onto Osborne St.
  • Turn left into the park at Dronfield Ave.

Please plan to arrive by 6:30 am to avoid street closures in preparation for the start of the event. 


Cars will enter the park at Dronfield Ave and be directed to make a left at the stop sign.  There are two parking lots available for cars.

Bib Pick-up

The bib pick up will open at 6:30 am and is located a short distance from portable toilets and the start line.


Event Info

In partnership with A5 Events, Students Run LA is proudly hosting The SRLA 18-mile Friendship Run.  The SRLA 18-mile Friendship Run takes place at the Hansen Dam Recreation Park in Sylmar, on Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 8:00 am. Our 3,500 students will be there with their volunteer teacher/leaders. There will be timing, finisher t-shirts, a medal, water, and snacks provided. The students will be taking on the distance of 18 miles completing this challenging course.

Students Run LA uses the process of training for the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon to teach our students how to set a goal and work hard to complete it. Over the 7-month training period the students learn how to transfer these skills into their education and their lives. This race (and SRLA in general) is not competitive. SRLA’s motto is “complete NOT compete.” So there will be no overall or age group awards for this race.

SRLA Cares: Pasta to Make a Difference!

SRLA Cares will be collecting pasta to benefit the food bank at M.E.N.D. (Meet Each Need with Dignity). Public runners are encouraged to support this community service project by donating a pound of pasta.

Spectator / Picnic Tips

The park is open to spectators on the day of the event. There are picnic tables in the lower lot and plenty of grass area to meet up after the finish. Picnics and BBQs are allowed, but all food will have to be carried in since the picnic tables are near the staging area and no cars will be allowed past a certain point at the park. We also ask that all food be kept away from the finishing runners and finish line area. Any spectators providing support to the runners along the course or finish line are asked to please pick up all trash before leaving the park/street.


In past years, we have had extreme weather during this event. Be prepared for it to be cool in the morning prior to the start. Please take some time to prepare for the weather. If the weather calls for rain, consider bringing a poncho or trash bag to wear on the run, and a set of dry clothes for the ride home.  If the weather is predicted to be warm, running with a hat is recommended.

Run Results

The results will be posted online at Results will not be available at the event. There will be no age group or overall place winners awarded.


Please email Naomi Rich at

Race Day Experiences and Pictures

Curious to learn more about the race? Check out the video on the 2011 Friendship Run or Lyptis’ story from 2017 on our blog.

Interested in Becoming a Sponsor?

Please contact Naomi Rich at