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Project 4242, is a complimentary training program designed for runners of all kinds to complete races throughout the year. Spanning 36 weeks out of the year, and led by BlacklistLA’s own volunteer pacers, the program is designed takes a start-finish approach in guiding runners to complete the LA Marathon, a select half marathon and BlacklistLA’s own, Happy Birthday LA 5K.
Project 4242 was conceived around the need for keeping Los Angeles active year-round, through running. While race fees are often high, training plans for said races are virtually nonexistent, there is little motivation for participating in a race, let alone completing one. By eliminating those obstacles, the path would be paved for people to be more active, engage in more local races, and invest in their future health. Our belief is that, deep down, everyone is a runner and can excel with a positive community by their side that consistently pushes them to be better.
We felt the need to create Project 4242 because our runners continued to ask, “What’s next?” What we found was that having a weekly art run with 250-300 participants, was not simply not enough. The desire to set higher goals, have more community, and an excuse to go outside more and live, still existed. The feedback we received from our runners was that if BlacklistLA had training plans for local races spanning from 5Ks to full marathons, they would join and be more likely to participate in those races. So that’s what we did. Project 4242 was formed. The number “4242” is a mathematical play on the number of kilometers in a marathon as well as the combined distance in miles of a 5k, half marathon and marathon.
Keep in mind, these plans we offer are free of charge. The few training plans existing for runners can range from $75-$150. Many in our community simply cannot afford these as well as the cost of entry for a race. Something needed to be done to inspire healthy living and movement in our city.
Our runners not only train, but get to explore all areas of L.A. in the process, utilizing both Metro transit and of course, our feet. We make it point to visit all areas of the city in hopes of inspiring physical activity. Koreatown, East L.A., Santa Monica, Hollywood, South L.A., and Downtown L.A. are examples of the many neighborhoods we’ve ventured into. With an emphasis on safety during these runs, our runners have never felt so connected to the community.
Together with a group of volunteer pacers, weekly training plans, live coaching advice, and explorative running routes we have successfully completed Season 1 of Project 4242. Here are the results and we cannot wait until Season 2
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