About the Race
The Los Angeles Say No To Drugs Race Holiday Classic originated in 1988 in Clearwater, Florida to call attention to the drug problem and raise funds to benefit drug awareness and education programs.
The Los Angeles race is now in its eleventh year! Thousands of runners participate annually, contributing toward educating children on the truth about drugs and what drugs do to the body and mind.
Race beneficiaries include:
•The Boys and Girls Clubs of Burbank
•Friends of Narconon
•Drug Free World
WHO are we?
We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to encourage everyone Just Say No To Drugs.
WHAT do we do?
We reach out to the community by supporting beneficiaries who actively help educate kids & teens on the harmful effects of drugs, thereby taking vitally proactive steps towards drug-abuse prevention.
HOW do we do it?
We host annual road races to promote the effects of drug abuse on our children, donating proceeds of our race to our non-profit beneficiaries, and distributing the Truth About Drugs booklet to the thousands who attend our races. We host races for Students Run LA. We run an annual race at Universal Studios Backlot and we're a beneficiary of the LA Marathon.
WHY are we here?
Because we understand that happiness cannot be achieved by limiting one's scope of responsibility to the boundaries of family and friends, but must include responsibility for the well-being of all in securing our future. As kids and teens are the future, we direct much of our attention to educating them on drugs so they know to Just Say No To Drugs.
Did You Know That Illegal Drug Use Went Up Sharply Last Year?
The rate of illegal drug use rose last year to the highest level in nearly a decade, fueled by a sharp increase in marijuana use and a surge in ecstasy and methamphetamine abuse, the government reported Wednesday. Gil Kerlikowske, the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, called the 9 percent increase in drug use disappointing but said he was not surprised given “eroding attitudes” about the perception of harm from illegal drugs and the growing number of states approving medicinal marijuana.
Together WE can beat Drug Abuse! Compete to WIN in 2 ways. HELP us meet our 2011 Goal of $50,000. Take your place at the starting line. Check out the competition. It will be different than other races.