Ten Loyola Marymount University (LMU) students ran in the 21st Los Angeles Marathon Sunday, March 19th, to raise $12,000 for two charitable causes.
The students ran the 26.2-mile race in hopes of raising $10,000 to build a home in Tijuana, Mexico for a family in need and $2,000 to sponsor the high school education for a student in the Dominican Republic, LMU officials said.
The undergraduate students are members of MAGIS (Men Acting Genuinely in Service), an LMU student service organization founded in 2003 to help boost overall male involvement in service and leadership roles on campus.
Past MAGIS initiatives have included partnerships with Verbum Dei High School, the Boys and Girls Club of Boyle Heights and the Salvation Army of Santa Monica.
This newest effort, “Running Across Borders,” is organized by senior Patrick Furlong.
Furlong, a political science and theology double major, has run two previous L.A. marathons, but the majority of his teammates are inexperienced runners. The goal for all MAGIS runners was to finish the marathon at their own speed.
“A lot of people told them they couldn’t do it,” Furlong said. “I think that was a catalyst for all of us.
“These charities are very personal to us because each of the charities that will benefit from the money raised by ‘Running Across Borders’ has a close connection with MAGIS.”
Furlong spent his spring break in the Dominican Republic, living with the family of Victor Marte Lara, the 14-year-old boy that MAGIS has sponsored since middle school and is now attempting to support throughout high school.
Furlong and the other nine MAGIS marathon men will travel to Tijuana in April to build a new family home through the Build a Miracle Foundation.