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 Running Helps Troubled Kids Succeed

​​​​​​​​​Running 13.1 miles isn’t easy, but for 15-year-old Troy, a student at the San Diego County Probation Department Reflections School, it really wasn’t that hard.

“It’s like when I run, it releases all my stress. I feel like I’m not on probation anymore,” Troy says.

Last Sunday, Troy’s teacher and a County probation officer were up early to run together in America’s Finest City Half Marathon. Troy completed his first half-marathon in a respectable 2 hours and 15 minutes.

The teen was ordered by a court to attend Reflections, a La Mesa-area school run by Probation and the County Office of Education. Some of the students at the school have committed serious felonies and all of them have emotional issues such as anger problems or just being unable to deal with stress.

More than a year ago, some probation officers and teachers started a running club to help kids like Troy find an outlet and give them a connection with the staff.​