826LA’s Half Half Half Half Half Marathon 

A Race Through Time and Space: Raising Funds for Free Writing Programs in LA

Saving dinosaurs from extinction and chasing down a pair of caveman and robot besties are not easy tasks. Supporters of 826LA managed to tackle the challenge of completing the exciting 0.826 mile course at the second annual Half Half Half Half Half Marathon on Sunday October 28.

It was a race like no other. People of all ages gathered at 826LAND to cheer on competitors as they grew an extra limb for a three-legged race, wrote impromptu poetry, and recited their poems at our open-mic. KCRW sound systems and emcee, Rico Gagliano had crowds entertained. Local food trucks had people well-fed. Most importantly, every guest contributed in RAISING MORE THAN $49,000 for free writing and tutoring programs! The fundraising event was a total success!!

“We ran and played games, looked for dinosaur eggs. My favorite part was reading my poem in front of everyone. It was about someone named Penny buying something from the Time Travel Mart.” -Tito, 826LA Student Team

“I had fun. I loved the food! They had juice, and there was a food truck with burgers. My team won too! We got frisbees”

– Akio, 826LA Student Team

Thanks to all the spectators, volunteers, teams, donations that came through to support 826LA in its continuation of providing free programing to students in the Los Angeles area.

Congratulations to the marathon winners! 

1st Place Team: The Running Jokes

Top Team Fundraisers: The Running Jokes

Top Individual Fundraiser: J. Ryan Stradal

Most Team Members: The Mispellings

Best Team Costume: The Paperback Riders

Top Fundraising Team: The Running Jokes

Best Individual Costume: The littlest member of Supermarket Sweepers


Here are some of our favorite moments from the Half Half Half Half Half Marathon! Check out more photos on our Flickr here

Thank you to Clif Bar, Hippeas, Suja Juice, Three Weavers Brewing Company and Lassens for providing guests with free goodies and giveaways!

We are so grateful for the following sponsors that helped make this event triumphant:

Gotham Group
Griffin Capital
Vista Investment Group
Bedrock LA
Evans Family Barrels
Jensen’s Rec Center

If you couldn’t make to the Half Half Half Half Half Marathon on Sunday, no worries–there are lots of ways to get involved  with 826LA throughout the year!


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