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LA MARATHON | Fast Friends

In the old days, an adventure for a cause might look like riding off with a fellow knight to defend the nearby villagers. Today, it’s probably a little more like grabbing your best friend and running the LA Marathon to raise money to build clean water wells for people in Zambia. Here are some friends who have teamed up for just such an adventure as a part of our Good Neighbors marathon team! Take a look..


MaribelLily1TEAM: Maribel & Lily

So Maribel, where are you and Lily from? How’d you meet?

Lily and I met about 5 years ago while working at Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Blvd. We trained together, became fast friends, and have been ever since!  Lily was fresh from New Orleans and I am originally from Corvallis, Oregon. Lily is now a Massage Therapist for Burke Williams and loves her career. I am currently a hairstylist and makeup artist at Sarasuta Hair Salon in Studio City, and freelance for TV and film.

What does a day of training look like for you and Lily?

We usually train daily and in the early hours- before heading out to work. They say the hardest part of training is getting that first foot out the door, and boy is that true. We both work long hours, so as exhausted as we may be, we push ourselves up and out daily! Running for such a great cause is definitely a good motivator to get us going. As Lily says, “I’m slow, but I’m moving!!”

Haha. Have you had any funny moments or memories in your training?

Lily’s funny training moment was a bug flying into her mouth the other day! (We’re pretty sure the cars driving by thought it was funnier than she did!) As for me, other than the occasional trip-and-almost-fall (so you pick up your speed to make sure you don’t) is my frequent funny moment. I’m super clumsy, so it’s not too embarrassing anymore!

So what’re your favorite pump-up songs to help push past that clumsiness?

Our pump up songs!!! Lily’s go to is HAM, by Kanye West and JayZ. Mine is Work B**ch by Britney Spears.

Nice. And with all this training, you’re probably eating healthy, but what’s your favorite cheat day snack?

Both of our favorite cheat day food is PIZZA!! Pizza! Pizza.MaribelGive

Mmm. And last but not least, what do you want your finish line hash-tag to be?

We’ve agreed our finish-line hash-tags will be: #tinderellarunsla #willrunforbeer #maribelmademedoit

Haha. Sounds like you’re the right kind of instigator to have around.


 

EunjiGina1 copyTEAM: Eunji & Gina

Tell us a bit about yourself, Eunji. Where are you from? How did you meet Gina?

My name is Eunji Park, and I was raised in Korea until the age of 9 when our family of four immigrated to San Jose, CA for my father’s job. In 2014 our family moved to Irvine, CA, and I started attending Irvine High School, which is the school I currently attend as a junior. That’s where I met Gina, who is my partner in the LA Marathon, one of my best friends, and Good Neighbors club co-founder at our school. Something in us just clicked and we were able to become close very quickly. We are really excited about this new club, and all the upcoming events like the LA Marathon!

We love everything you’re doing with the Good Neighbors High School Club! Have you ever taken on something as big as a marathon before?

I haven’t actually overcome anything like this before. I enjoyed working out, just not running. But ever since I was young I’ve loved challenging my own self-discipline. I even gave up my favorite foods- meat and dairy- for six months for no reason! This love for a challenge is what got me into running. I found out that I actually can run more than a mile! That fact was eye opening to me so I wanted to see what my limits were.

Wow. So how’d you first get connected with Good Neighbors?

I joined a Christian dance ministry called “God’s Image” when I lived in San Jose. I was very committed to dancing and singing for God- who allowed me to experience all the events in my life and become who I am. The dance EunjiGiveteam supports Good Neighbors projects, which is how I first found out about the organization. When I heard about child sponsorship, I became even more interested in the organization because one of my life goals is to support a child with my own money. I’ve been researching more about it, so I think I’ll start my sponsorship sometime this month!

That would be…aaamazing!


 

RalphOrlando1TEAM: Ralph & Orlando

Ralph, tell us about you and Orlando. Where are you from?

I was born in El Salvador; Orlando was born in the USA. We met in our parents’ church and were both around twelve years old when we started to hang out.

So have you guys ever tackled something like a marathon before?

Outdoor activities weren’t too important to us, but we grew to enjoy them. This will be the first time we both go into something as rigorous as a marathon. Orlando was involved in his school’s Decathlon team, so he’s aware of the amount of work that goes into an event like this. This will be the first time for me to run this distance, but in high school I was part of my school’s cross country team- and I love to run- so it’ll be an exciting time for me.

That’s good to hear! What does a day of training look like for you?

It looks like sleeping, running, running, eating, weights, and more sleeping. I can attest to Orlando’s workout because it’d be about the same. Sounds like fun up until your legs are aching and you can’t even stand up! haha.  

Haha. So what’s on your playlist to keep you going?

My favorite pump-up song would have to be “6pm in New York” by Drake, it’s just an adrenaline filled song that fuels you up during your run. Nothing like getting the blood cooking.

Speaking of cooking..what’s your favorite cheat day snack?

My favorite snack of the day would have to be cucumber, lemon, and salt. So delicious. My nutrition hasn’t changed because of the marathon.  I don’t eat most food that’s bad for you, except a lot of TACOS! Soda is a huge Screen Shot 2016-01-21 at 4.02.02 PMno-no. Fast food is already nasty, so I don’t really have “cheat” meals. 

Okay, envision race day as you cross that finish line…what do you want your hashtag to be at that moment?

It would have to be #whatatimetobealive 

That’s good. We might just borrow that one.


You can give individually to any of the these teams by clicking on the “Give Now” buttons with their image, or scope out the rest our LA Marathon team here! Thanks for reading and being a part of our journey. We appreciate it more than you know!

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LA MARATHON | Meet Katrina

 

A meaningful encounter can happen literally- anywhere. Trader Joes for instance. It may seem like your typical grocery store, where you check off your typical grocery list, and rush past your typical shoppers. But if your name is Katrina Deaton, Trader Joes might just be the place you get recruited by an enthusiastic stranger to join in their next great adventure. But we’ll let her tell the story…

 Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

To keep this from becoming an ad for a dating site, I’ll skip my height and astrological sign. I’m originally from Philadelphia, PA. I moved to LA almost four years ago to pursue my career in writing. I’m a poet that also writes scripts for television, films, and theater. I’m saving the novel writing for my seventies.

Have you always enjoyed running? What made you start?

My relationship with running is like the average relationship someone has with a parent, I love it, but sometimes I just don’t feel like dealing with. For the most part, once I create a healthy discipline with it, my body craves it. I use it  to get out unwanted energies or to escape my reality for awhile. And of course, we can’t forget the awesome physical conditioning it creates. I currently work at Trader Joe’s and many of my coworkers are health nuts who eat very well and do marathons, iron man’s, and cross training. I wanted to fit in with the cool kids. It was the best form of peer pressure I ever succumbed to.

Have you ever tackled something as big as a marathon before?

KatrinaRunThis is my second marathon. My first marathon was with the Rock and Roll LA Marathon. Before then, tackling life seemed to be a pretty big thing :-)

What inspired you to run the LA Marathon on the Good Neighbors team?

I was ringing up James Kyson and his wife, Jamee [Co-Captains for Team Good Neighbors] at Trader Joe’s. They looked like they had been working out and when asked, they said they had just come from a run. I mentioned to them that I had started training for a marathon a month earlier I could no longer attend. It was in Vegas. They told me all about Good Neighbors and invited me to be apart of the team. I was soooo excited. I didn’t think twice about it.  I always strive to do things with a purpose, a purpose that serves someone other than myself. What better way to do this than to run, which serves me, and raises money for a phenomenal cause.

Do you have a mental strategy to combat thoughts of quitting if the marathon starts to get tough?

I usually talk down to myself or pray or both. It usually sounds something like this, “dear God, please help my lazy, out of shape butt, get up this hill.” If that doesn’t help, the children and elderly people passing me by, usually put some pep in my step.

Have you uncovered any parallels between your training journey and your life journey?

Absolutely. Discipline is the name of a game I don’t like to play. But, it helps me in the long run; No pun intended. Running also allows me to convene with nature, my surroundings, and myself in a way I wouldn’t ordinarily connect.

What’s your favorite pump-up song?

I don’t believe I have one. I have to work on that.

What’s your favorite cheat day snack?

Every day is a cheat day. If I ran, I earned it. I love doughnuts.

What do you want your finish line hashtag to be?

#wheredoweeat

Haha! Roscoe’s anyone?  Thanks Katrina!

If you’d like to fuel Katrina’s feet, she’s running to raise donations for our Zambia water project! The more donations the more inspiration in her tank- just click the grinning link below!

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LA MARATHON | Meet Anna

It’s not every day you meet someone who can pronounce Kyrgyzstan, much less who grew up there! Meet Anna (Anya): with a Korean smile, a Russian accent, and a heart to  push past her own limits! We love getting to know more about the people who choose to go the distance; not only on our Good Neighbors USA LA marathon team, but to provide clean water for our friends in Zambia as well! Take a look…

 

Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?

Originally born in Uzbekistan, I grew up in Kyrgyzstan since I was two. When I was 17, my family moved to Los Angeles and I’ve been living here ever since. Although I am fully Korean, Russian is my first language. Hence, my name in Russian is pronounced Anya. I graduated from Pepperdine (Go Waves!) and currently work as a senior healthcare analyst. My life motto is Gandhi’s quote “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

Have you always enjoyed running? What made you start?

I believe I started running in college. Running became a good way for me to release stress and give me some energy boost. I like running outside – it helps me to take my mind off of things.    

What’s your favorite pump-up song?

I don’t think I have a favorite one, I like to mix it up. I listen to anything from R&B to hip hop to reggaeton.

Have you ever tackled something as big as a marathon before?

Running a full marathon has been my goal for many years, but I was always hesitant and worried I wouldn’t be ready. My former coworker Kayley -who ran the LA Marathon last year-  encouraged me and told me I could do it. I don’t think I will ever be fully ready (both mentally and physically) to run 26.2 miles, so I just decided to do it this year. I Anna1learned about Good Neighbors from my friends Esther and Kohyun who work for Good Neighbors, and I also ran a 5k with Good Neighbors last year.

What does a day of training look like for you?

It really depends but I try to mix up my training routine. I go running outside and hit the gym a few times a week.

Have you had any “I hope no one saw that” moments during your training?

One day I went for a run even though I was uber tired- never going to do it again! As I was running, I tripped over something, plummeted on the ground, and pretty much kissed the pavement. That was quite painful aaand embarrassing. Haha!

Do you have a mental strategy to combat thoughts of quitting if the marathon gets tough?

I think the faith that people have in me- including my family, friends and coworkers- will give me strength to finish. I don’t want to let them down. I promised my friend Esther that I will finish the race (she is one of my biggest supporters!). Also, knowing that I am running for a good cause will be my motivation.

Have you uncovered any parallels between your training journey and your life journey?

After I ran a half marathon last August, I realized that I will never Ann2know how far I can go until I give it a try and step out of my comfort zone. The same principle applies in life: we will never achieve our dreams and goals unless we push ourselves and take risk. I had been telling myself I wouldn’t be able to run a half marathon- much less a full marathon- in the near future because it just seemed unattainable. Some people have even tried to talk me out of it. But here I am daring to challenge myself. I know that both a marathon and life journey won’t be easy- there will be roadblocks on the way. But I am willing to take a leap of faith, and dream big!

What’s your favorite cheat day snack?

Donuts of all shapes and kinds.

Most important of all, what do you want your finish line hashtag to be?

I know it sounds very cliche, but I would say… #ididit

Thanks Anna!

If you’d like to donate to Anna’s cause- the Good Neighbors USA water well project in Zambia- click below!!

 

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The Water Project: Spreading Awareness Through Bake Sales & Pizza

Written by Joy Gursky, President of the Water Project Club at Zoo Magnet High School, Los Angeles, California

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Club members Maddie, Joy, Yanelyn, and Ruby all set and ready for their bake sale

Last summer, a viral online challenge known as the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge” began circulating online. People who participated in the viral challenge had good intentions, but every time I watched a video of someone dumping ice and water on themselves, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the fact that Los Angeles was- and still is- experiencing one of the worst droughts in the city’s history. Furthermore, there are 783 million people around the world who do not have access to clean water.

So, instead of complaining about the injustice of the situation, I decided to at least attempt to do something to make the slightest dent in the issue. I established my school’s Water Project Club to support  Good Neighbors’ Water For Life Project. The goal is to raise money to build wells in developing countries where local people have no clean water. Did you know that 80% of illnesses in developing countries are linked to poor water sanitation? That’s a scary fact!

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Derrick and Virginia support the Water Project!

I founded the club with fifty-five dollars worth of pizza to get the ball rolling (thanks, Mom) and an overwhelming fear of public speaking. The first few meetings were painful, but I stuttered my way through them. Surprisingly, my personal chapter of the club has been very successful from the beginning. We’ve raised $400 through bake sales, created our own t-shirts, and managed to spread awareness surrounding the global water crisis.

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Delicious goodies!

Overall, the Water Project Club has been a phenomenal experience for me. It’s taught me that I want to center my life around serving other people through international travel and aid. In some ways, I really feel like the club has helped me grow up because I’ve learned how privileged I am to live in a place where I never need to worry about where to get something that’s absolutely essential to survival: water.

Thank you for starting such an important club at your school, Joy; and huge thanks to your mom for the pizza and support!  Learn more about how YOU can help people get access to clean water by clicking here

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#CoffeeMeetsWater: An Evening of Photography & Film

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In support of World Water Day, which is celebrated annually on March 22nd, we held a special event on March 19th  to showcase photography and film from our most recent trip to Sidama, Ethiopia.  On this trip, in partnership with Let it Flow, we repaired broken water wells for thousands of people, and taught the local communities how to maintain and fix them on their own in the future.

Did you know that 783 million people worldwide do not have access to clean and safe water, and that 43 million of them live in Ethiopia? Through our photography and film exhibit, we were able to share the journey that the people of Sidama faced to restore clean water, so that over 2,000 people in their community no longer have to walk hours to collect water from  dirty rivers and streams.

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Held at The G2 Gallery in Venice, CA, the evening consisted of drinks, light bites, and coffee from one of our campaign partners Demitasse! And special thanks to our friends at Pop Art Snacks and Yum Yum Donuts Lynwood for their contributions of insanely delicious gourmet popcorn and tasty donut holes that perfectly complimented our film screening and coffee station.

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And a HUGE thank you to our partners 925 FILMS and See Mimi Go for their truly amazing film and photography. To see more of Mimi’s photos, visit her on Instagram; and see the film here:

Check out some of the fun photos our guests took throughout the evening and at the photo booth, and follow along on Instagram and #CoffeeMeetsWater to see more photos!

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Want to learn more about our water projects around the world? Click here to help bring clean drinking water to thousands of more people throughout Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi and Chad.

 

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