Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino joined a group of 25 students in running a marathon in Long Beach Saturday as part of the Students Run L.A. program.

Buscaino and students from Dodson Middle School in Rancho Palos Verdes and Port of Los Angeles High School in San Pedro ran three laps of the Long Beach Bike Path, which turned out to be one mile longer than the 26-mile, 385-yard marathon distance, Branimir Kvartuc, Buscaino’s communications director, told City News Service.

Buscaino completed the run in 5 1/2 hours, Kvartuc said.

Buscaino announced Monday he will run for mayor in 2022.

The group’s run was one of many that will be completed Saturday and Sunday by students representing more than 170 schools on predetermined courses throughout Greater Los Angeles with start and finish lines, according to Students Run L.A.

Students and their volunteer teacher-leaders have been training since August or September and have completed six previous races, each with an increasing distance.

Students Run LA is a nonprofit organization that seeks to challenge underserved secondary students to experience the benefits of goal-setting, character development, adult mentoring and improved health by providing them with training for the Los Angeles Marathon.

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