Humanitarian & Health
East Side Riders Bike Club
East Side Riders Bike Club is a grassroots organization located in Watts, whose goal is to change the lives of young adults and the structure of t...
In 1986, a continuation high school teacher in East Los Angeles, Harry Shabazian, personally experienced how transformative running a marathon can be. As a result, he challenged his students, labeled misfits and underachievers, to train with him for the next LA Marathon. In 1988, after witnessing Harry's success with his students, two other continuation high school teachers, Eric Spears and Paul Trapani, joined Harry in running the Marathon with their students. In 1989, Roberta Weintraub, a Los Angeles Board of Education member, saw the altruistic work these teachers were doing and its positive impact on the students. Roberta and her deputy, Marsha Charney, swiftly established this as an effective and innovative dropout prevention after-school program for the Los Angeles Unified School District students.
In 1993, Students Run LA (SRLA) became an independent 501(c)3 organization. It has since reached over 75,000 students from 185 public schools and community programs to train alongside their adult mentor throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Every year, SRLA provides their students and SRLA mentors with training shirts, running shoes, entry fees and transportation to the races, a Marathon uniform, Marathon Day support, and more. Decades later, SRLA continues to carry out this successful teacher-led training program by challenging at-risk students to train for and run a marathon to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring, and improvised health.
Programming - LA Marathon 2023