Friday night, six local restaurants shared their house specials feeding the Hollywood PAL Youth Run Team, who were prepping for Sunday’s LA Marathon.  The Hollywood PAL LA Marathon Carbo-Load Dinner took place Friday, March 18, at Wood & Vine (6280 Hollywood Blvd @Vine Street).

Wood & Vine hosts Hollywood PAL’s “Carbo Load” dinner annually. This year our young runners enjoyed a wonderful selection of carbohydrate-heavy cuisine from Pinks, Fabiolus Cucina, McDonald’s, Northern Cafe, St. Felix, and of course, Wood & Vine.

“We are so grateful to our favorite Hollywood restaurants for encouraging our kids with a special pre-marathon dinner,” said Run Team Captain and Program Director, Cynthia Ayala.  “Completing a marathon is a huge personal milestone that forever changes your life.”    Cynthia should know, as she first completed the LA Marathon running as a HPAL/SRLA youth over 10 years ago.

Paul Trapani, SRLA Program Director & Co-Founder, joined the dinner and shared a few words of encouragement. He reminded the kids that “once you complete the marathon, you will become part of an exclusive club as less than 1% of the population have conquered a marathon.”

Needless to say, our kids left full of food and full of thoughts as they got some rest and mentally prepared for Sunday’s run.