Runners can now take their laps on a refurbished surface at Santa Monica High School, where a renovated track has opened.

Representatives of Take Action Hollywood, Nike and the LA84 Foundation, were on hand at the high school Friday, February 13th to unveil the renovated running track to be used by the student body and Santa Monica running community. The track is dedicated to the school in the name of Maria Menounos, TV personality and co-founder of Take Action Hollywood, a charity whose mission is to utilize the power of the entertainment industry as well as the medium of production to educate, empower and raise social awareness.

The new facility is part of the recent partnership and commitment between Nike and the LA84 Foundation to build and/or refurbish 84 athletic surfaces throughout Los Angeles to benefit young sports enthusiasts.

The dedication event featured a live disc jockey, a drumline performance, cheerleaders, a Reuse-A-Shoe drive and two relay races — one between Santa Monica High students and the other with community members who utilize the track.

The high school’s newly refurbished track incorporates Nike Grind, a material generated from the recycling of manufactured scrap and worn-out athletic shoes through Nike’s corporate responsibility program, Reuse-a-Shoe.

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