Despite all the challenges incurred preparing for the LA Marathon including fires, rain, mudslides, and even the teacher's strike, 21 of Kennedy’s Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA) and 6 staff members completed the 26.2 mile “journey” as SRLA Leader, Gabriel Cedillo, calls it from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica pier. The students included: Alina Gonzalez, Billy Alvarez, Jason Avalos, April Bañuelos, Frieda Cedillo, Analisa Duarte, Maria Enciso, Alina Gonzalez, Katie Lopez, Yamileth Maganda, Eduardo Martinez, Vivian Meraz, Jeremy Navales, Richard Navarrete, Bianca Nuno, Andrew Ortiz, Valerie Pimentel, Gaby Quintero, Pedro Rodriguez, Lluly Romero, Tanya Serna, and Evelina Zubrinskaya. Many thanks to our SRLA Leaders and Kennedy staff members that inspired and trained alongside them including: Maria Prado, Gabriel Cedillo, Mary Cervantes, Jacinto Garcia, Lourdes Garcia-Meza, and Irvin Castañeda. These runners poses the perseverance within to not only training and completing a 26.2-mile marathon, but to make mature decisions that will forever change their lives. Not everyone can finish a marathon, only the committed and strong spirited can. We are proud to say that Kennedy HS has an awesome group of committed and strong spirited runners that will go on to college and achieve their goals and dreams. Finishing a marathon is not the end, it is the beginning of a new life style.
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