SRLA Cares

SRLA Cares raises social, environmental, and community awareness through various community projects throughout the training season. SRLA Cares provides an opportunity for SRLA students to give back to their communities both large and small.

Here’s how Luis, a 2016 SRLA high school graduate and SRLA Scholarship recipient, described the impact of participating in SRLA Cares:

I’ve been inspired by the generosity of SRLA, through the opportunity to participate in smaller races before the marathon. In every race, each school is encouraged to partake in SRLA Cares, focused on bringing a specific item to give back to the community. Before my exposure to this, I have never truly understood the importance of providing a lending hand. Therefore, in my transition to high school, I entered with a state of mind of doing something similar. Over the course of my four years in high school, I have earned over 300 hours of community [service]…. SRLA does a lot for the community and I aimed to do the same.

SRLA Cares Breaks Guinness World Record

On Saturday, August 9, 2014, SRLA collected and counted 18,302 shoes at Belvedere Middle School and broke the Guinness World Record for “Most Shoes Collected for Recycling, which previously stood at 16,407 shoes!

SRLA Cares Projects 2018-2019

Los Angeles dodgers foundation 5K: Septermber 30,2018

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse!

SRLA students are collecting recyclables and learning about the impact of plastic in our landfills, as well as alternatives to plastic bottles. Money raised supports SRLA Cares and SRLA Post-Secondary Scholarships.

SRLA Beachcomber 10K @Dockweiler Beach: October 28, 2018

Every Penny Counts!

SRLA students collected about $4,000 to support local nonprofits. This year, pennies will be donated to Schools on Wheels, Chrysalis, and United Cerebral Palsy- Los Angeles.

SRLA Lake balboa 15K @ Woodley Park: November 11, 2018

Yes We Can!

SRLA students are collecting canned food to support Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission.

A Brighter Future!

SRLA is excited to be a grantee of the LADWP Community Partner Outreach Grant! We will be providing outreach and education to students and community members through this project. Students and participants are encouraged to bring in an old incandescent light bulb to exchange for a Philips SceneSwitch LED lightbulb.

Holiday Half Marathon @ Pomona Fairplex: December 9, 2018

Bring Joy with a Toy and Be Cool to a School!

SRLA students are collecting toys and schools supplies to be donated to a local school to bring holiday cheer.

Pasadena Half Marathon @ The Rose Bowl, Pasadena: January 20, 2019

Supply us with Paper Products!

SRLA students are collecting paper foods, including paper towels, toilet paper, and wipes, to donate to the Ronald McDonald House.

SRLA 18-mile Friendship Run @ Hansen Dam, Pacoima: February 24, 2019

Pasta to Make a Difference!

SRLA students are collecting pasta donations to support MEND.

Skechers Performance Los ANGELES MARATHON: MARCH 24, 2019

Pay It Forward!

Throughout the season, SRLA students have learned the importance of giving back to their community. At this race, SRLA students and alumni remember lessons learned.

SRLA Cares Projects 2017-2018


SRLA Kick-off 5K @ Dockweiler Beach: September 24, 2017

Every Penny Counts!
SRLA Cares collected almost $5,000 in pennies and loose change that was donated to United Cerebal Palsy – Los Angeles, the National Ataxia Foundation, and hurricane relief.


SRLA Castaic 10K @ Castaic Lake: October 28, 2017

Reduce, Recycle, Reuse! (Plastic Bottles)
SRLA Cares collected more than 1,000 pounds of plastic, filling up an entire truck! The effort raised more than $1,000 to support SRLA Cares and SRLA Post-Secondary Scholarships.

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SRLA Arroyo 15K @ Arroyo Seco Nature Park, November 18, 2017

Yes, We Can! 
SRLA Cares collected more than 5,150 cans of food! These cans were donated to food banks across Greater Los Angeles, including Hope of the Valley and Friends In Deed!


Holiday Half@ Pomona Fairplex: December 10, 2017

Bring Joy with a Toy!
SRLA Cares filled four trucks with toys and school supplied to be donated to children in need.


Pasadena Half Marathon @ The Rose Bowl: January 21, 2018

Give a Shirt and Paper Products for Ronald McDonald House!
Successful day collecting old clothing items for local charities and paper towels, paper plates, toilet paper, and wipes for the Roland McDonald House in Pasadena.

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23rd Annual Friendship Run @ Hansen Dam: February 11, 2018

Pasta to Make a Difference! (Pasta Drive)
SRLA Cares collected pasta to donate to a local charity.