The LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games are providing running uniforms to 2,500 middle and high school students from across the Los Angeles region who are set to run the Los Angeles Marathon Sunday, March 19 as part of Students Run LA. This donation is part of LA28’s Gift of Sport to help eliminate barriers to participation in sport and build excitement ahead of the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
“It’s inspiring to see so many young people ready to run the LA Marathon,” said LA28 Vice President of Impact Erikk Aldridge. “Through the power of sport, these students are learning about challenges, hard work, perseverance and determination, lessons they will carry with them for life. We’re proud to share a little bit of the Olympic and Paralympic magic with these students and look forward to cheering them on.”
Olympians and Paralympians will rally together on the marathon route to cheer on runners as part of the LA28 Olympic and Paralympic Games Cheer Zone. Members of the LA28 organizing committee will also participate in Student Run LA’s ‘Run Them In’ program where students get an extra boost of motivation for the last 4.2 miles to help finish the race.
The LA28 Games will mark Los Angeles’ third time to host the Olympic Games, previously hosted in 1984 and 1932, and first time to host the Paralympic Games. Los Angeles is expected to host 15,000 of the world’s most elite athletes in 2028 as it welcomes Paralympians and Olympians from around the world to compete on the biggest stage in sports.
The LA28 Games are independently operated by a privately funded, non-profit organization with revenue from corporate partners, licensing agreements, hospitality and ticketing programs and a significant contribution from the International Olympic Committee.