This March, LMU hosted the annual Race for Success 5k/1k fundraiser to support local schools. Thousands of Westchester/Playa del Rey/Playa Vista residents flocked to LMU's campus early in the morning on March 8 to either run or cheer on race participants, who varied in age from one year to 94 years of age. The race, in its seventh year, was the brainchild of Mathu Matthews and Tina Ayala, two Westchester natives who are now raising families of their own here.
This is also the sixth year that the race was held on LMU's campus. The university donates the full use of its campus, including funding additional public safety officers, closing campus roads, and providing equipment and supplies for the day of the event.
Race for Success has not only raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local schools since it began, but has become a key community gathering event, bringing local businesses and community organizations together in one place.