OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST ALLYSON FELIX addresses students at Playa Vista Elementary School during its first Jog-A-Thon.

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST ALLYSON FELIX addresses students at Playa Vista
Elementary School during its first Jog-A-Thon.

Olympic track and field gold medalist Allyson Felix joined students from Playa Vista Elementary School March 20 for a morning of exercise and fitness in the school’s first “Jog-A-Thon.”
Students from the elementary school, which opened in July, took part in three different runs based on their grade levels.
A Los Angeles native, the sprinter won three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics in the 200 meters and as a member of the United States 4-by-400 relay team and 4-by-100 team, which set a world record.
Felix also won a gold medal in the 4-by-400 meter relay at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and took home two silver medals in the 200 meters at the 2008 and 2004 Olympics.
The Jog-A-Thon event served as an opportunity for students to raise money for their physical education classes next year. Event organizers say it will cost $20,000 to pay for coaches’ salaries.
During the event students were encouraged to collect donations in order to reach their fundraising goals, event organizers said.
Felix is the second female Olympic sprinter to visit a Westside school in recent months. Felix’s teammate, Keisha Baker, who won the gold in the 4-by-400 meter relay in London, visited Coeur d’Alene Avenue Elementary School in Venice Dec. 10 during a fundraising event for a new track.

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