Leaders from 180 middle and high schools and 3,000 students from throughout the greater Los Angeles area took part in the Students Run L.A. kickoff race at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey late last month.
The event was their first 5K race in preparation for the Los Angeles Marathon next March.
The mission of Students Run L.A. is to challenge at-risk secondary students to experience the benefits of goal setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with a truly life-changing experience: the training for and completion of the Los Angeles Marathon.
The organization also collected pennies at the 5K event and distributed pink ribbons in support of the fight to end breast cancer.