San Fernando Valley running coach says running is pathway to American Dream (Multimedia)

This long-time San Fernando Valley running coach has publications to prove that running is a pathway to the American Dream for many immigrant students. 

  Coach Hernandez, Coach Harris, and his Spring 2016 track-and-field team.

Coach Hernandez, Coach Harris, and his Spring 2016 track-and-field team.

James Monroe High School sits in North Hills, one of the oldest communities in the San Fernando Valley. Monroe is home to more than 2,000 students, mainly of Latino decent, and many of whom head coach of the school’s cross-country and track-and-field teams, Leo Hernandez, has trained (including his two daughters, Itzel and Xochitl). I spent today with him on this season’s first track meet to learn more about the impact of his coaching at Monroe. 

Photos provided by Monroe's cross-country and track-and-field sports photographer, Tony Dunn; alumnus, Christian Ramirez; and myself. 

Leo Hernandez's The 5th Lap sold out soon after it hit the market on Amazon. After a successful first publication, he plans on writing a series of books that will feature runner's like Manuel Ruiz and how they achieved the ultimate American Dream. You can find his book here

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