Students Run LA Marathon Kicks Off In Pacific Palisades

The students are expected to run a full marathon on Sunday. Hermela Aregawi reports.

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- Well, this morning, nearly a full year of training will finally pay off. Students and teachers will be running a marathon together as part of Students Run LA. KCAL 9's Hermela Aregawi is in Pacific Palisades with the story. Really a nice, cool morning out there for folks taking a long run, Hermela.

HERMELA AREGAWI: Yeah, I think so. I think the weather is really perfect for a run. We are at the Will Rogers State Beach at the end of the bike path. This is where the run will start. As you can see, we are no longer alone. About 15 students from Fairfax High are here, some of their teachers are here, and they will be running a full marathon, 26.2 miles here at the Will Rogers State Beach.

They are one of hundreds of middle school students and their teachers who are up and running across LA this morning. It's called the Students Run LA Cross the Finish Line challenge, and it is the culmination of a nearly year long training. This is for, of course, a full 26.2 mile marathon for most of them. Students from underserved communities, they chose to join the run club through their schools as a way to connect, stay active, engage in sport, and build up their confidence during this pandemic.

One of the Students Run LA groups from Los Nietos Middle School was out running their full marathon along the beach bike path, and about 2,500 students and their volunteer teacher leaders representing 170 plus schools in the area will be running marathons at different points across the area today.

They will be holding what they're calling the socially distanced mini events, like we said, it's about 15 students here. So they will have plenty of space. We spoke with a teacher about what this means to them.

ERIKA ROSE: Oh my gosh, Students Run LA means everything, especially this season, that we had to do so much of it on our own, it means getting out, it means being able to be a little bit social, safely, with distance, but not being cooped up in the house, not being sedentary, just being able to move, and these kids have been training since August. Look

HERMELA AREGAWI: At all that energy. That is what a run will do for you, especially a full marathon. We're here, waiting for the group here to get their run started. They've got their numbers on, they're getting their minds right, and we'll follow them throughout the morning. Live at the Pacific Palisades, Hermela Aregawi, KCAL 9 News.