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Students Run LA pounded a 30K trail on Sunday at Hansen Dam Recreation Center

Family members look on as runners take to the course at the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Runners stretch prior to the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Runners stretch prior to the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Runners stretch prior to the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Runners stretch prior to the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Runners stretch prior to the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Runners stretch prior to the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Runners stretch prior to the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Volunteers fill water cups along the course during the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Runners take to the course at the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Runners gather at the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Family members look on as runners take to the course at the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Runners take to the course at the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

Runners take to the course at the start of the 30K Students Run LA Friendship Run at at Hansen Dam Recreation Center Sunday morning. Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer leaders participated in the run as a part of the SRLA marathon training program.(Photo by Andy Holzman, Contributing Photographer)

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Thousands of middle and high school students and their volunteer teacher-marathon leaders pounded around a 30K trail during the Students Run LA “Friendship Run” on Sunday morning at Hansen Dam Recreation Center in Lake View Terrace.

The runners — 2,500 students from 185 schools in the greater Los Angeles area and more than 500 volunteer teacher-marathon leaders — took off around 7:30 a.m. on their 18.6 mile quest to qualify for the March 19 Los Angeles Marathon, the “Stadium to the Stars.” Both students and teachers had to complete the full 30K in under 5-hours to earn entry to the Los Angeles Marathon.

The young runners had been taking part in other races, getting progressively longer, during their six-month-long marathon training. Sunday’s run was the sixth and final training race. Runners received a medal and an event t-shirt.

Students Run LA, founded in 1986, is a nonprofit marathon-training and free mentoring program. Its aim is to help under-served students with character-building through setting goals, seeing the value of physical fitness, discipline, responsibility and meeting a diverse group of other students and volunteer leaders.

The event also included a 5K Fun Run for family members, friends, supporters of SRLA and community members. Both the 30K and the 5K were open to the public and, according to a press release, this event was also a good test run for anyone registering for the upcoming Los Angeles Marathon.

Students Run LA information, srla.org

Los Angeles Marathon, www.lamarathon.com/pages/la-marathon

 

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