Kranz Marathon Runners

Kranz Marathon Runners

Board of Education Honors Kranz Intermediate’s Students Run L.A. (SRLA) Marathon Runners

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El Monte, CA– Determination, endurance, courage, strength – these are some of the attributes of the athletes from Kranz Intermediate School and Madrid Middle School who successfully participated in the 27thannual Los Angeles Marathon as part of the Students Run L.A. (SRLA) program. Thirty students from Kranz were among the nearly 23,000 entrants for the event held March 18. 

The runners were spared the rain that had been forecast, but did encounter cold, windy conditions as they ran along the marathon's course passing well-known places like Dodger Stadium and Grauman's Chinese Theater and ending their run along the ocean in Santa Monica.

The SRLA program was founded in 1995 and has grown to include 3,000 students, providing them a chance to realize a goal through training for and running in the marathon. SRLA provides students in the program with two pairs of sneakers and race day uniforms, as well as entrance into mini-marathons and other races leading up to the 26.2 mile L.A. Marathon. SRLA is about the big picture--the marathon not the sprint philosophy-which is why the organization provides college scholarships to seniors who complete the marathon, and helps younger students out with things like grants to take SAT prep classes.

The Kranz marathoners began training in September and participated in several running events including 5k and 10k runs as well as half marathons leading up to the final challenge of the 26.2 miles.

“It is great to see the changes in the kids, not only physically but in their confidence and motivation,” said Alice Shum, Kranz SRLA coach. “They work extremely hard to reach their goal of completing the marathon and whether they finish in four hours or 10 hours, what matters is that they finish and achieve something that many people aren’t able to achieve.”

Teachers, parents and coaches are happy to see the transformations occur in the students as they gain confidence, find self-esteem, shed insecurity, and learn to believe in themselves. 

“For most of our students running the marathon is a life-changing experience,” said Shum. “They come away with a sense of pride and confidence that can’t be taken away.”

The student marathon runners were honored by the Mountain View School District Board of Education for their tremendous achievement.


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