The Official Blog of the LA Marathon

November 20, 2012

Official Charity Highlight: Premiere Charity – TEAM TO END AIDS (T2)

Take a closer look at one of the LA Marathon’s Official Charities! Premiere Charity: TEAM TO END AIDS (T2)


In 2012, nearly 300 dedicated charity athletes ran the LA Marathon with TEAM TO END AIDS (T2), making T2 the largest charity involved in the 2012 LA Marathon. As part of the T2 training program, this group of remarkable individuals raised over $325,000 for the lifesaving care and prevention programs of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA).

APLA provides direct care services and HIV prevention programs for 11,000 Angelenos who are living with HIV/AIDS or are at risk of contracting the disease. In 2011, APLA’s Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries distributed more than 150,000 bags of free groceries and personal hygiene products to clients living with HIV/AIDS.

APLA Dental Services offers a full range of low- to no-cost dental care in two state-of-the-art clinics and through a mobile dental van that provides care throughout L.A. County. APLA also offers mental health counseling, treatment education, housing support, and more bilingual programs and services that enhance both the health and quality of life of people living with HIV.

The funds raised by T2 also help power APLA’s HIV prevention education programs, which are housed in the APLA Health & Wellness Center in South Los Angeles. These programs target communities that are most at risk of HIV infection, including gay men of color, Native American / Alaska Natives, and people who use crystal meth. At the heart of our prevention efforts is our HIV testing program, which offers fast, free, and confidential HIV testing along with counseling and referrals to care.

TEAM TO END AIDS (T2) participants raise awareness and much-needed funds for the fight against AIDS. Many participants are complete beginners when they sign up, but after completing T2’s endurance training program, T2 athletes are well-equipped to cross the finish line. During training season, participants receive constant support from experienced coaches, knowledgeable staff, and supportive teammates.

Learn more at

November 13, 2012

Official Charity Highlight: Premiere Charity – Lupus LA (SLE Lupus Foundation, DBA Lupus LA)

Take a closer look at one of the LA Marathon’s Official Charities!  Premiere Charity: Lupus LA (SLE Lupus Foundation, DBA Lupus LA)


Team Life without Lupus

Team Life without Lupus provides athletes with an opportunity to make new friends and reach their health and fitness goals while helping others in the community.  In exchange for training and support, you help raise money towards critical patient services in the Greater Los Angeles area.  You can help families cope with this disease as we work towards a cure.

About Lupus

Lupus affects more than 1.5 million Americans.  In fact, more Americans have lupus than AIDS, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, sickle-cell anemia, or cystic fibrosis, making it one of this country’s most prevalent medical problems. Ninety percent of those diagnosed with lupus are women, and the onset of the disease usually occurs during childbearing age, between the ages of l5 and 44.  African American women are three times more likely to get lupus than white women.  It is also more common among Hispanic/Latina, Asian and American Indian women. Lupus is a leading cause of kidney disease, stroke and premature cardiovascular disease in young women.  However, lupus also strikes children, men and older adults.

What our runners say:

“It was a great experience to be part of the 5K….And what made it even more enjoyable was the fact that I got to interact with different people all working towards a common goal: a cure.” — Eilish Morales

“I completed the marathon in 5 hours 36 minutes and 39 seconds. I never would have been able to accomplish this without the love and support of all the Lupus LA members who inspire me not only to run 26.2 miles, but to be passionate about my work every day. Their  dedication to finding a cure, and their courage to share their experience with everyone attending our support groups motivates me to do anything within my reach to be part of their support network. I’m already looking forward to representing Team Lupus LA in 2013!”  — Gabby Trejo

About Lupus LA

Lupus LA is a non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding the causes of and cure for lupus and providing support, services and hope to all people affected by lupus.

Join the team: Joining our team is easy.  Fill out a commitment form and submit to Lupus LA.  Once we have this information, we will we will mail you your welcome packet.  You can find the commitment form on our website at

Contact Info: Elyse Reyes – (310) 657-5667 ext. 303 or

November 6, 2012

Official Charity Highlight: Premiere Charity – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training

Take a closer look at one of the LA Marathon’s Official Charities!
Premiere Charity: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training

Triumph. It’s a feeling, it’s a state of euphoria that a person achieves when they’re part of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. Sweat equity, team support, challenging yourself; not a bad way to play!

Join the TEAM and make a difference. In the past 25 years, Team In Training (TNT) participants have raised more than $1.2 billion for blood cancer research. The money raised by TNT participants has enabled LLS to fund millions of dollars of research to help advance new treatments and cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, and provide critical education and support to cancer patients and their families.

Nearly 50% of all cancer drugs approved by the FDA during the past decade were for blood cancers, and they are helping other patients as well. Five of those drugs have been approved for patients with solid tumors and others are being tested for other cancers, as well as nonmalignant diseases.

Survival rates for children with leukemia have improved from 3% 40 years ago to 90%
today; Hodgkin lymphoma patient survival rates have more than doubled to 88% since the 1960s. And the survival rate for myeloma patients tripled in the past decade.

Talk about success and we aren’t finished!

It’s all for a cure. LLS invests in cures because most blood cancers cannot be prevented or detected early. How serious is blood cancer? Every 4 minutes, someone new is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes, someone dies.

Help raise money towards cures for blood cancers like leukemia – the No. 1 disease killer of children – lymphoma and myeloma. We’ll provide you with all of the training and support you need to be successful. Join us and be a part of the cure:

LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.

May 15, 2012

Thousands to Gather for the 7th Annual Santa Monica Classic 5K/10K

Race to benefit Heal the Bay; In‐person registration still available

LOS ANGELES – May 14, 2012 – This Sunday, May 20th, more than 4,000 runners are expected to gather in Santa Monica for the seventh annual Santa Monica Classic. The event, which includes both 5K & 10K races, will continue the tradition of raising awareness for the environmental non‐profit Heal the Bay.

Runners will race along the streets of Santa Monica on a point‐to‐point course that ends just steps away from the world‐famous Santa Monica Pier. Following the event, all participants – donning their finisher t‐shirts and wayfarer sunglasses – can visit an exciting finish line expo at the pier that features nutrition, fitness and health‐related vendors, as well as an awards ceremony with eco‐friendly recycled glass trophies.

New this year is a $1,050 prize purse that will be split among the first three male and female finishers of the 10K race. Organizers plan to grow the prize purse in the years ahead to help attract top local competitors.

Runners still have time to sign up for the Santa Monica Classic. Registration and pre‐race packet pick‐up will be available on Saturday, May 19th, at Sports Chalet on 11801 West Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles from 10:00am to 4:00pm, or near the start line at 2600 Barnard Way in Santa Monica beginning at 6:30am on race day.

The first 2,000 runners to pick up their race packets will receive a Sport Chalet Mystery Card valued between $5 and $100 for merchandise at that store location. The cards are valid only on Saturday. Coca Cola, Assil Eye Institute, XioMega3 and LA Sports Massage will also have exhibits with free samples and massages.

“The Santa Monica Classic is a great course with fantastic views of the beach, so it’s a perfect way for runners to kick off their summer racing season,” said LA MARATHON LLC Chief Operating Officer Nick Curl. “There is still time to register. Sign up and join us Sunday morning for a fun event.”

For more information about the race, which is an LA MARATHON LLC event, please visit

March 6, 2012

Selecting a charity to benefit from run was late, but not too late

C.J. Lin, staff writer at the L.A. Daily News is training for her first marathon, the Honda LA Marathon.  You can follow C.J.’s day-to-day progress on her twitter page and watch for her stories in the Los Angeles Daily News.

By C.J. Lin,
Staff Writer Posted: 02/25/2012
Updated: 02/27/2012

Part of an occasional series about a novice runner training for the Honda LA Marathon.

I’m kicking myself for not having done this sooner.

There are 70 official charities represented in the Honda LA Marathon, all great causes.

There are the animal rescue groups such as Noah’s Wish and Kitten Rescue.

Then there are a variety of charities aimed at finding cures for diseases – cancers, epilepsy, lupus, Parkinson’s, AIDS. And then there are groups focused on helping youths, the disabled, abused women, sexual assault victims.

So many to choose from.

So in an attempt to hopefully help more than one group, I’ve settled on the Peacock Foundation (, a North Hollywood nonprofit which rescues animals and uses them in pet- assisted therapy for at-risk and traumatized youths, who often come from low-income, broken or abusive families.

“We utilize the animals so kids can hear the stories and project their stories and kind of get some answers by talking about the animals and process some of the things they’re going through,” said Lisa Peacock, executive director. “That way, when they’re talking about their stories, that’ll take away their shame and guilt and some of the negative feelings they have in their past. It’s a very safe way for them to process.”

Peacock, who started the foundation 10 years ago, found animals to be a spark for dialogue when she was going through tough times herself.

“Animals were really the things that enabled me to get through it without seeking things like drugs and sex,” she said. “It was a wonderful outlet.”

The organization now has 13 rescued and rehabilitated pets, including lizards, snakes and dogs, and has served more than 1,000 children in the last decade.

Needy animals and needy kids. It’s a win-win.

I know I’m a little late picking a charity – there’s only three weeks left until the big race – but I’m figuring every little bit helps. With the platform afforded me by this column, how could I not? At least this long, grueling journey will mean something more than just me getting in shape, learning to like running and taking on this huge physical challenge.

But for the first time in its 27-year history, things are about to get a little easier for those running to support the official charities of the L.A. Marathon. Charitable runners can now run half the race and let a buddy finish the rest.

The relay will mean more runners can participate, such as recreational runners who won’t have to run the whole thing, and let them raise more money for charity, according to Nick Curl, chief operating officer of the L.A. Marathon.

“The marathon relay will open the Honda L.A. Marathon to a wider group of people who want to challenge themselves and raise money for some very worthwhile causes,” Curl said. “For those who always dreamed of running right down the middle of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive, but couldn’t commit to training for and running the full 26.2 miles, this is a perfect opportunity to experience our world-class Stadium to the Sea course.”

The relay handoff will be in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard before the Sunset Strip.

That’s where Ledys Lopez, of Sun Valley, will kick it over to her partner, Alex Yarza, a Hollywood High School student she’s been mentoring.

The duo is running for SOSMentor’s ShapeUp program. The organization is a Calabasas-based nonprofit that encourages healthy eating and fitness in underprivileged kids to fight obesity.

Lopez, 34, beat adult obesity by training for her first L.A. Marathon in 2010 in a walking group. She was 235 pounds and was a size 12-14. After the marathon, she weighed 180 and had dropped to a size 8-10.

Yarza also battled weight problems. Now, he’s a normal weight, healthy, and will be mentoring high school students of his own.

“Training for the 2010 L.A. Marathon allowed me to focus on my health, improved my self-esteem, and gave me an incredible sense of empowerment,” Lopez said. “I am passionate about educating and encouraging young people like Alex to establish healthy habits that will last them a lifetime.”

Then there are the unofficial charities such as the Keep A Breast Foundation’s Non Toxic Revolution, which advocates prevention-based education for breast cancer by limiting the use of everyday products that may contain carcinogens, such as certain shampoos or cosmetics.

They’re trying to raise $50,000 for a rock climbing wall for their community center that they plan to build somewhere in downtown L.A. The center would serve as a base where newly diagnosed cancer patients and survivors could go get information on treatment, and get physically stronger through rock climbing.

“I think it’d be hard in this day and age to find someone who hasn’t been affected by cancer,” say Casey Cochran, who’s running the 26.2 miles barefoot to raise awareness. “I think it’s very, very much so environmental, it’s what we’re putting in and on our bodies.”

So with all these great causes out there, please find a charity and give a little something.

Or if you want to show me and the Peacock Foundation a little love, you can donate at Help me make this something more than just a tough run.

For a list of official charities, visit 818-713-3738

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