Gayle Anderson was live in Griffith Park with the ‘Let’s Erase the Stigma Together’ foundation who will participating in the ASICS LA Marathon.
Official ASICS Marathon Charities – How You Can Help
by Gayle Anderson
KTLA 5 Reporter
Official ASICS Marathon Charities- ‘Let’s Erase the Stigma’
Gayle Anderson was live in Griffith Park with the ‘Let’s Erase the Stigma Together’ foundation, who will be participating in the ASICS LA Marathon.
More than 20,000 runners have registered for the 2013 ASICS LA Marathon, happening Sunday, March 17th.
This year’s race will once again start at Dodger Stadium at 1000 Elysian Park Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Race start time is 6:55 a.m. for wheelchairs, 7:00 a.m. for hand cycles, and 7:28 a.m. for all other participants. The race ends on Ocean Avenue at the intersection of Ocean Avenue and California Avenue in Santa Monica. This course is certified by USA Track & Field and is a Boston Marathon qualifier.
All participants should plan to pick-up race day packets at the 2013 ASICS LA Marathon Expo and Packet Pick-Up Friday, March 15th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 16th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ASICS LA Marathon Expo annually hosts more than 150 exhibitors featuring the brand new designs in running gear and shoes, as well as the latest developments in sports, fitness, and nutrition. Held at Dodger Stadium, the two day expo is FREE and open to the public.
The 2013 ASICS LA Marathon Expo & Packet Pick-Up will be held at:
Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 542-3020 FAX
All packets must be picked up at the expo during regular expo hours. There will be NO race day Packet Pick-Up! Packets will NOT be mailed to participants, NO EXCEPTIONS! You must bring a valid photo ID to Packet Pick-Up. If you cannot attend the expo, a friend can pick up your packet for you as long as they provide a copy of your photo ID as well as a signed note from you authorizing their picking up your race packet. NO EXCEPTIONS!
With thousands of volunteers, tens of thousands of participants, and hundreds of thousands of spectators, the LA Marathon is one of the largest organized road races in the country. The “Stadium to the Sea” course, which starts at Dodger Stadium and finishes by the Santa Monica Pier, is considered one of the most scenic in the world. The race has been named “Best Big City Race” by Runner’s World and “Best Marathon in the West” by Competitor Magazine.
Visit the official LA Marathon website for more information.
Running a race is a great way of improving your health/fitness and self-confidence. However, running on behalf of a charity is proving more and more popular. Join the ASICS LA Marathon “I Run 4 Something” campaign and help support one of over 80 different charities participating in this year’s marathon. For a complete list of Official Charities for the ASICS LA Marathon, please click here.
Today, Gayle was live with ‘Let’s Erase the Stigma Together’. The children and youth of LETS Educational Foundation are getting the word out about erasing the stigma of mental illness by reaching out to other young peers in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, and community centers to get together and form a new kind of club, a club that understands that the first step to helping themselves and each other comes from erasing the stigmas that stop kids from getting help. They can’t change behavior without changing perception, and who better to create an empowering conversation around mental illness than the energetic children, teens, and young adults who can erase the stigma of mental illness before the stigma ever starts?
According to the charity, more than ever, young people need a children’s charity like LETS that helps to…
- Increase mental health literacy, leading students to demonstrate greater understanding and less stigmatized attitudes toward mental illness from a young age.
- Foster greater peer-to-peer Support, empowering young people to increase their comfort in discussing mental health concerns with their peers.
- Improve help-seeking behaviors, helping kids become more willing to seek mental health help and treatment when needed.
The organization also uses the marathon as a fundraiser.
It’s not too late to help raise money for ‘Let’s Erase the Stigma Together’. Here’s their contact information:
Let’s Erase the Stigma Together
LETS Educational Foundation
11333 Moorpark Street
Studio City, CA 91602
1 888 594 5387
For those who would like to participate in the ASICS LA Marathon, but are unsure if they can complete the race, the Charity Relay is the way to go! Grab a friend or family member and team up to complete the marathon together! The Charity Relay is a unique way you and a partner can each complete a half of the ASICS LA Marathon course as part of a relay team. In order to participate, you must contact any of the Official Charities with available Charity Relay slots. You can then apply according to your charity’s instructions on their website. A limited number of team entries are available for Charity Relay. The team entry fee is $250. When accepted, the charity will e-mail you the guaranteed entry process for the Charity Relay. For a list of Official Charities participating in the Charity Relay, please click here.
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