There are more than 3,000 students who participate in the Students Run LA program, and there are 17 of them at Hollywood High School. Not many people know what the program is or how it benefits the students. One does not have to be an athlete to be part of the program. SRLA is not only about running marathons but about learning to complete a goal.
Over the summer, returning SRLA runner Giovanni Granados completed a 50K Ultra Marathon with biology teacher Manny Alas. He was the youngest runner participating in the marathon and came in 2 nd place with a time of 4 hours and 57 minutes. “He just wanted to challenge himself,” says Geoffrey Buck, SRLA coach and math teacher. “It felt great to finish 2nd, I was the youngest runner there, so the hard work paid off,” says Giovanni, SAS, Senior. This was a great way for this Sheik to get ready for the upcoming SRLA season.
The Hollywood Sheiks started their first race of the 2012-2013 season on Saturday Sept. 22, 2012 at Dockweiler Beach. The race was a Say No to Drugs 3.1 mile run. Runners received a Say No to Drugs booklet, a medal, and a T-shirt. These are not the only items the students will receive. Throughout the season they will receive running shoes, T-shirts, and uniforms. This race was just the first of many, and slowly the runners will move up to be a part of one of the most important race of the season, the LA Marathon!