ARS Participates in LA 5K and Marathon

The ARS team at the LA Marathon

LOS ANGELES—Thirty-six members and supporters of the Armenian Relief Society of Western USA (ARS) braved the cold and rainy weather and walked a 3.1 mile course to participate in the Los Angeles 5K Run/Walk, starting at Dodger Stadium, to help raise funds for vital ARS programs. This is the 11th year that the ARS brought its participation to the event, which was held on Saturday, March 17.

“It was so inspiring to walk alongside our team’s participants, who joined our group in this effort despite the terrible weather, to walk in support of the ARS,” said Shakeh Gagossian, member of the ARS regional organizing subcommittee for the LA 5K Run/Walk.

With the Honda LA Marathon on the same weekend, on Sunday, March 18, seven individuals represented the ARS “Team Heartline Against Domestic Violence.” Five of the team’s runners completed the 26.2 mile distance, and a 2-person team took part in the relay by completing 13.1 miles each. With its participation as an official charity of the marathon, the ARS team helped increase awareness of domestic violence and supported the organization’s efforts to aid victims of such abuse.

The ARS of Western USA, established in 1984 and with regional headquarters in Glendale, California, is a humanitarian organization with 27 chapters and over 1,500 members in 5 western states. The ARS of Western USA operates a Social Service Division with 5 social service centers and a Child, Youth, and Family Guidance Center in Southern California, in addition to funding numerous youth programs, scholarships, and relief efforts around the word. For further information, please visit


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