BlacklistLA Moves Toward The Future

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Describe Your Organization(s)

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In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


BlacklistLA inspires Angelenos of diverse backgrounds to connect around a shared love for running, street art and the City of LA.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Every Monday night at 10:00 PM, hundreds of Angelenos gather for a 3-mile run through the streets of LA. The location of the run varies; what remains the same is a diverse group of runners sharing their fitness goals, appreciating the unsung beauty of our city’s street art, and developing a deeper connection to each other and our neighborhoods.

This proposal aims to turn the powerful connecting force of the BlacklistLA Monday run into a more frequent occurrence by expanding its offerings.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County:

All Metro Station with Park and Rides. Also, places such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, LACMA, Leimart Park, Culver City Arts District, Abbot Kinney, etc

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

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How will your proposal improve the following “Connect” metrics? (check all that apply)

Rates of volunteerism

Voting rates by race

Adults getting sufficient social & emotional support

Median travel time to work

Attendance at cultural events

Number of public transit riders

Participation in neighborhood councils

Percentage of Angelenos that volunteer informally (Dream Metric)

Government responsiveness to residents’ needs (Dream Metric)

Transit-accessible housing and employment (the share of housing units and percentage of jobs that are located near transit)

Total number of local social media friends and connections (Dream Metric)

Attendance at public/open streets gatherings (Dream Metric)

Residential segregation (Dream Metric)

Access to free wifi (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the best place to connect.


We’ll be the first to admit that we’ve got a big crush on this city. Whether catching the sunrise in Chinatown, exploring the trails of Griffith Park, stopping at the LACMA lights for a selfie, or meandering through the canals of Venice, we’ve been going on running dates with Los Angeles for the past several years. Rain or shine, moonlight or darkness, we always show up with a desire to connect the people of LA a bit more.

We Angelenos spend too much time in our cars, on our phones, at our desks and disconnected from each other. Breaking these habits can be tough. But, BlacklistLA is encouraging a rapidly growing community of residents to do so though its runs. Whether it’s the Monday night run to a featured piece of street art, the weekday “Metro Run” that involves us hopping on the subway, or the Saturday morning run when we explore different neighborhoods, BlacklistLA is changing the way Angelenos engage with the city and each other. The innovative approach BlacklistLA is taking to build community has caught the eye of Runner’s World magazine, the LA Times, Los Angeles Magazine and the Mayor’s Office. And with nearly 13,000 followers on Instagram, Angelenos clearly want more.

To build on this momentum, BlacklistLA is seeking to expand the number of opportunities residents have to connect. We envision a Los Angeles where Angelenos are linked to one another through sport, the alternative forms of transportation they take, and the shared appreciation they have for the city’s diversity. To get there, in 2016 Blacklist seeks to:

(1) Offer more runs throughout the city by aligning with Mayor Garcetti’s Great Streets Initiative. The Mayor’s Office has selected one street in each of the 15 council districts to receive improvements to make them more pedestrian-friendly. By tapping into the City’s initiative, BlacklistLA will bring Angelenos together to experience LA’s Great Streets.
(2) Foster deeper connections between Angelenos who are working toward a shared race goal. BlacklistLA will be creating training groups for the Happy Birthday LA 5k, LA Chinatown Firecracker 10K, Hollywood Half Marathon and Los Angeles Marathon.
(3) Expand BlacklistLA’s Happy Birthday LA 5K. Last month, BlacklistLA held its inaugural Happy Birthday LA 5K to celebrate the City’s 234th. The race attracted nearly 500 runners to the start line at Olvera Street, the City’s birthplace. With support from LA 2050, BlacklistLA hopes to attract 1000 to next year's race.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


The success of our work will be measured by our ability to make progress toward our expected outcomes. Included below are our two desired outcomes:
(1) More Angelenos will be connected through BlacklistLA (BLA) offerings.
Number of Angelenos who attend BLA runs, number of repeat runners, number of runners in BLA training groups for targeted races, number of runners who participate in BLA's 5k, diversity of communities of BLA runners, presence of BLA community members at races and number of Angelenos who follow BLA’s social media.

(2) More Angelenos will experience alternative forms of transportation and different neighborhoods of L.A.
Number of Angelenos who are exposed to and take public transit at least once per month. Number of Angelenos who report that BLA has exposed them to a new neighborhood

We will be tracking these numbers and data points throughout the year. All of the data will be the basic information used for any midcourse corrections that need to be made.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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Check out the feature Runner's World did on BlacklistLA for another look on the affect they have on the city!

by losknows
5 months ago

BlacklistLA inspires me to connect to my city, appreciate its culture, and keep myself healthy! I'm so proud that they were featured in the LA Times:

Go BlacklistLA!!!

by emmasocalcan
5 months ago

BlacklistLA is such an inspirational organization! Proud to be apart of such a positive movement! You guys are awesome! Support you 100%.

by Priya4135
6 months ago

BLACKLISTLA, you've made me a stronger runner, i've met so many wonderful people whom I now consider my good friends, and you've made me rekindle the love i have for my amazing city of LA ! Proud to be a part of such an inspiring group. THANK YOU for all that you do!

by rdohed88
6 months ago

That you BLACKLISTLA for all that you do! I have meet so many people that are now a big part of my life! Thank you for all that you do on every Monday night and show us that amazing street art! THANKYOU :)

by mayracordon57
6 months ago

BlacklistLA you have shown me parts of my city I wouldve never known! AMAZING! I fully support BlacklistLA. LETS GET THEM TO NUMBER 1!! THEY ARE AMAZING!!!

by cesga3
6 months ago

I am so proud of BlacklistLA and what it has accomplished! These last 2 years have been amazing! I can not wait to see what their future holds for them. I am proud to say I am a BlacklistLA RUNNER!!! They have made it easy be proud to be an Angelino! You have my vote BlacklistLA!!!

by Bonilla5953
6 months ago

Go BlacklistLA. You guys are amazing and I love running with you!

by msxjennie
6 months ago

So proud of how far Blacklist LA has come. This organization unifies Los Angeles!

Amazing experience running with you guys. Go BLACKLIST LA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by Gianromero
6 months ago

BlacklistLA is truly changing the way Angelenos connect with each other and our amazing city! The weekly runs provide a unique opportunity to explore LA's incredible street art, vibrant communities and public transportation system ... but most importantly, the runs provide the chance for Angelenos from all walks of life to connect with each other. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years, I am blown away by what this organization has accomplished in a short period of time, particularly since it's solely fueled by the volunteer energies of a passionate group of people who see a bright future for LA tomorrow that will only burn brighter as we approach 2050. BlacklistLA has my vote and I hope it receives yours too!

by alisondelucca
6 months ago

If it wasn't for BlacklistLA, I wouldn't have met so many amazing caring individuals. Training together for 5K's all the way to marathons, creates a special bond between our community of runners. We feel safer discovering all parts of our city together. Our Monday runs which highlight street art made people realize to slow down and appreciate the small things in life. It has allowed them to connect to the community in a different way. Often times, we see the runners go back in daylight and grab a bite or cup of coffee. This wouldn't be possible without the powerful positive force of BlacklistLA and its runners. Go BlacklistLA!

by blacklistla
6 months ago

Thank you for your support.

by blacklistla
5 months ago

Yay! Love for the city and for art with some running sprinkled on top! Thank you so much for your support.

by blacklistla
5 months ago

That's amazing. Super happy you met so many awesome people!

by blacklistla
5 months ago

Thank you. We hope we can continue to connect community, art, and running for years to come.

by blacklistla
5 months ago

Thank you so much!

by blacklistla
5 months ago

Great to hear! And thank you for supporting us. Please share with friends and family!

by blacklistla
6 months ago

Thank you for believing in us! We hope you keep running with us for years to come. #BlacklistLA

by blacklistla
6 months ago

Thank you for the support!

by blacklistla
6 months ago

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