The 2017 Inaugural Half Half Half Half Half Marathon: A Race to Raise $42,000+ to Benefit 826LA!

We raced with balloons between us and our legs tied together. We competed in a human ring toss and had a battle of wits with life-size Scrabble. We wound our way through trees balancing books on our heads. We wrote impromptu poetry inspired by words from a 2-acre poetry field and read it aloud to the crowds.

Best of all, we raced to raise over $42,000 to benefit 826LA’s free writing programs for over 9,000 Los Angeles youth!

Of course, no race is complete without celebrating our valiant winners:

1st Place Team: The Mispellings
2nd Place Team: Just Another Manic Run Day + The Non-Runners Club
3rd Place Team: The Blazers (A Jacket Required)

Best Individual Costume: Neil Laigne, Team B-Reely Fast, dressed as Max from Where the Wild Things Are
Best Team Costume: 826LA Strikes Back, dressed as Star Wars characters, obviously 

Top Fundraising Team: The Running Jokes, featuring team members J. Ryan Stradal, Eric Stolze, Brooke Delaney, Peter Hsu, Miranda Tsang, and Lucy Reynell

Top Individual Fundraiser: J. Ryan Stradal 

Thank you to emcee Jonah Ray from Nerdist Podcast and KCRW DJ Marion Hodges for keeping us entertained all afternoon. Thank you to Bad Robot, Jensen’s Recreation Center, and Vista Investment Group for generously supporting our mission.


Halfx5 Marathon #Run826LA '17

Check out the Halfx5 Marathon fun and frenzy at our Flickr photo gallery.

Thank you to Boxed WaterClif BarHippeasLassen’sStumptown Coffee RoastersSuja, and Three Weavers Brewing Company for making sure our runners and spectators were well-hydrated and loaded up on carbs for the race.

Thank you to Alana’s Coffee RoastersArt CenterBedrock LA, Blue Collar Working DogDream & DestroyEvan’sFamily BarrelsFun 4 EventsLos Angeles SparksLove YogaMasa of Echo Park Bakery and CafeMohawk Bend, and Yoga Works for the incredible prizes and screen printed swag.

And to all our racers, fundraisers, volunteers, students, families, and friends: a BIG x 5 thank you for making this this year’s tiny marathon a runaway success!

Photos courtesy of Tina June Malek, Justine Penrose, and Donald (Sai Hang) Tsui.

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