Marathon Runners Program

2nd Season Event a Winner!

     Despite the drizzly weather, 10 of our runners finished in the 2nd Annual Celebrate Healthy Families 5K in Indian Wells on Saturday, October 2nd.  It was an awesome run--a flat and fast course with record times.

    All of our runners were presented with beautiful finisher's medals at the end of the run.  Participants were also given event t-shirts and treated to a morning of fun activities including goodie bags, booths and even a climbing wall.

      Jorge Cruz ran a sizzling 22 minute 5K with Jameson Terrill finishing close behind.  Jorge, Jameson, Brenda, Joelene, David and Monica all received division level medals.  Even Molly had a personal best 5K time at this event!  Cristian German and Tim Mitchell completed their first 5Ks--CONGRATULATIONS-- with Jonathan Munoz and Brandon Vargas skimming minutes off of their previous finish times.

     Congratulations to Mrs. Redmon and Bobby Espinoza for completing the 5K and for being outstanding adult role models of health and fitness.  Thank you both for supporting our efforts and the Anderson Children's Foundation's Palm Springs Marathon Runners Program.

    Check back soon for some pictures of this event!


Awesome Start to the New Season!

The Desert Edge 5K

Banning, CA

Sunday, September 26, 2010 

      It was a very warm morning in Banning, California as the members of the Palm Springs Marathon Runners team lined up for the start of their first race of the season.  Ten runners completed the challenging 3.1 mile course that included an uphill climb and rapid decent.  Congratulations to Jorge Cruz, Jameson Terrell, Joelene Terrell, Monica Torres, David Cruz, Ray Guevara, Brenda Jimenez, Arturo Cervantes and Brandon Cruz—this year’s marathon team members.

        Jorge Cruz took third in his age group with an outstanding time of 24:28 and finishing third overall in the entire run.  Close on his heels was Jameson Terrell, finishing fourth in 24:29.  Monica Torres and David Cruz finished first in the 12 and under division.  Mrs. Redmon took first in the walking division in her age group with Molly Thorpe finishing third in the women’s division of the 15K.

        All of our runners did their very best and put out terrific performances on this daunting run.  Not only did they perform well on the course, they represented the team with great sportsmanship and attitudes. Awesome job, team!




    Beginning this Monday, we will be running 4 miles per day.  Our course will take us west on Ramon Road to Sunrise.  We will turn south and run to the Riverside Bridge and then down to Palm Canyon and then back to school.

     Opportunities to run our school neighborhood allow us to meet up with other runners and walkers of all ages who are out to hit the street and get healthy and fit.

     Wednesdays remain our speed work day when the focus is on "going faster".  Coach Vic Gainer and coach's assistant Tim Mitchell are at the track with stop watches in hand to clock finishing times as runners work to increase their speed.  Each interval of six weeks reaps rewards as runners see their hard work pay off!


The Anderson Children's Foundation will be our primary supporter for the 2010-2011 season.  Our new grant was awarded and approved this month.  We look forward to expanding our program and adding more participants as a result of this generous grant. Without the support of the Anderson Children's Foundation, our program could not thrive!


Mission Statement

     The purpose of the Marathon Runners Program is to provide students with a goal oriented program that will enable them to achieve academically by earning credits for high school graduation, develop physically by training for and completing a 26.2 mile marathon, and grow emotionally through positive interactions with teachers, parents, peers, and community members.

      The team ran The Palm Springs Tramroad Challenge, an incredible uphill climb.  This was the 3rd event of the season.  Pictured are:  Cheyenne, Mauricio, Anthony, Molly, Mikey, Dominic, Brenda, Sarah and Rodney.


 Who can be in the Marathon Runners Program?

Each September, students are recruited for the Marathon Runners Program.  These students are in grades 7 thorugh 11 and attend the Ramon Alternative Center in the Palm Springs Unified School District.  No prior runnnig experience is necessary--just the will and determination to improve your health and fitness and tackle and achieve some long term goals.

When do students train? 

Training is held Mondays through Thursdays at 7:30A.M.  Training courses begin in the Ramon Alternative Center parking lot and follow a route through the beautiful neighborhoods of Palm Springs.  Longer runs extend through the neighboring cities of Cathedral City and Rancho Mirage.  Speedwork is done each Wednesday on the Palm Springs High School track.

When are events held?

Typically, events are held on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with the exception of the Turkey Trot 5K which is held on Thanksgiving Day.  Most events are run in the Coachella Valley and High Desert with the exception of the YMCA Half-Marathon held in Highland and the Los Angeles Marathon, our premiere event. 

How do I sign-up?

Contact Molly Thorpe, Coach at or on her cell phone (760) 413-6508.  Sign-ups are being taken now throughout the summer.  The 2011 Marathon Runners Program team will be capped at 25 participants.


Earning Your Gear

  Runners begin this program in their own t-shirt, shorts and shoes.  As particpants progress through the season, gear is earned through participation and effort.  Students who attend daily practice runs and are eligible to participate in the first event, The Desert Edge 5K Challenge in Banning, will earn their running T.  Students who participate in the first 3 events, will earn their first pair of running shoes in time for the Palm Springs Tramroad Challenge.  Runners who earn entry to the XXVI Los Angeles Marathon will receive a running uniform and another new pair of running shoes.

All Los Angeles Marathon finishers are awarded a personalized finisher's sweatshirt.