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35 Reasons is the ground-breaking original series from Conqur Endurance Group. New episodes will premiere each week until the 2020 Marathon on March 8, 2020.



Students Run LA

Since 1989, more than 70,000 students have participated in Students Run LA. The program challenges students to complete the Los Angeles Marathon through free after-school training. They aren’t just learning to run: they’re also developing good habits, connecting with adult mentors, and proving to themselves that they can commit and complete the toughest of journeys. More than 99% of students who begin the marathon finish it, and for everyone involved, it is a truly life-changing experience.

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A Community of Runners

There are running clubs scattered across Los Angeles, all of them with unique spirits. They come together with one goal: to motivate their runners to be the best they can be. The community of runners becomes a family, all of them trying to be greater than the sum of their parts. Follow along with the Pasadena Pacers, LA Leggers, LA Road Runners, LA Running Club, and South Bay Running Club as they tell you what’s so special about their programs.

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The Best 26.2 Miles of Your Life

With just under 20 weeks until race day, the 35th Los Angeles Marathon is shaping up to be the best yet. Among the more than 25,000 runners are a special group of people who have overcome much more than blistered feet and 5 am wake up calls. Over the last three months their stories have been part of 35 Reasons, and their journeys continue to inspire beyond the world of running. This is their call to action for you to join them for the greatest destination marathon on earth and the best 26.2 miles of your life.

So take the first step and change your life.

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Unbreakable

Jocelyn Rivas was born in war-torn El Salvador with a broken back, feet, and neck. She’s now chasing her dream of becoming the youngest person ever to officially run 100 marathons, a feat she will achieve at the 2021 Los Angeles Marathon. As she says, “a moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.” This is her story.

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Team Parkinson

John Ball was 36 years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. More than a decade later, he ran his first Los Angeles Marathon in four hours at the age of 50. Inspired by the effects of exercise to slow the progression of Parkinson’s Disease, John began to encourage others to do the same with the creation of Team Parkinson. Now in his 70’s, and with his wife Edna by his side, John is the embodiment of the fighting spirit, leaving a legacy that will help shape the future of treatment. He gives hope to thousands facing the same daily struggle, all while leading a team that has raised millions for research in the process.

For more information visit www.team-parkinson.org.

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Keriann: Help From My Friends

Marathon runner Keriann Engle was 35 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer just weeks before the 2019 Los Angeles Marathon. Throughout her journey, Keriann has discovered that the power of friendship can overcome the odds. With their help, she’s determined to beat breast cancer, raise awareness of the disease in women under 40, and to run in the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon.

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Brittany Runs a Marathon

Just one step forward can change your life. That’s the mission behind the film Brittany Runs a Marathon, which tells the true story of a woman who takes up running to help her prepare for her ultimate goal of competing in the New York City Marathon. In Los Angeles, Liz Galang is also chasing her dream: she’ll be running the Los Angeles Marathon in 2020 for the first time. Their stories prove that running is a powerful force for change, both in our own lives and the lives of others. As Liz says about registering for the race, “Sometimes you have to take that step, and the rest will follow.”

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The Running Man of Pasadena

Haik Zakarian immigrated to the United States as a refugee from Lebanon in 1976. Now in his 70s, he has achieved local celebrity status by inspiring his community through his distance running. As 'The Running Man of Pasadena' he brings a smile to the faces of many, both young and old, and has run the Los Angeles Marathon five times. This is his story.

This episode of 35 Reasons was directed, produced, and edited by Brett Nicoletti.

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Los Angeles: The World's Best Destination Marathon

Los Angeles is one of the premier tourist destinations in the world. A major hub of arts and culture, the city is visited by millions each year. The Stadium to the Sea marathon course starts at Dodger Stadium and travels through Downtown Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica. There is so much to see!

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Team World Vision

Team World Vision has more than 700 Charity Runners in the Los Angeles Marathon every year. Many are first time marathoners while others are inspired year after year. In association with the Los Angeles Marathon, World Vision continues to provide a platform that brings together the community to raise funds and awareness for clean water and fullness of life for children and families in Africa. RichRel is the Los Angeles Director for Team World Vision and provides the motivation and guidance to the entire team to train and complete the marathon.

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Phil Shin Takes on Liver Cancer: Part 2

Part 2 of a 2 part special.

After learning that cancer has returned, Phil Shin's only option is to seek a liver transplant. With the USC Transplant Institute team at Keck Medicine of USC, Phil's journey now includes his quest to promote live liver donation as a viable option on his way to completing the 2020 LA Marathon.

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Phil Shin Takes on Liver Cancer: Part 1

Part 1 of a 2 part special.

48 year old Phil Shin is facing the toughest endurance test of his life. The Pasadena resident, who has run the LA Marathon nine times, felt his life turn upside down when he was told he had liver cancer. With the support of his family and friends, he is fighting to outrun liver cancer and complete the 2020 Los Angeles Marathon on March 8. This is his journey.

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