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Monday, April 24, 2017

1,400 middle schoolers run for fun and fitness in Elysian Park

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Almost There: The final hill of the race | Jon SooHoo/LA84

The paths of Elysian Park were extra busy Saturday morning as more than 1,400 middle school runners raced up and over hills as part of the 2016 LA84 Run4Fun Festival.

The 28th annual event, which involved a total of six races on a 1.25-mile course, marked the culmination of a 10-week program, funded by the LA84Foundation, that introduces middle-schoolers to long-distance running and fitness. Meanwhile, coaches are trained on how to teach their students the values and benefits of running.

Runners from 32 Southern California schools competed in the races, with the top five finishers in each race receiving a medal and the top school in each race taking home a trophy.

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One comment

  1. Great to see the kids drink soda and eat Cheetos after the run!

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