Some 6,000 elementary school students are joined by, from left, Tim Bower and Alvaro Cortes from Beyond the Bell, Conqur CEO Murphy Reinschreiber, Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian, retired Laker A.C. Green and School Board Vice President Nick Melvoin. (Photos by Howard Serpas and Ryan Togioka, Beyond the Bell)

Undaunted by stormy skies, some 6,000 students from more than 500 elementary schools around L.A. Unified crossed the finish line Sunday at Dodger Stadium, their week-long, 26.2-mile “marathon.”

The 10th annual event was co-sponsored by the Beyond the Bell Branch and Conqur Endurance, the organizer of the Los Angeles Marathon. The run traditionally marks the first event of the marathon’s training season.

Over the previous week, students ran 25 miles during events at their individual schools. They then came together on Sunday, sprinting around the parking lot at Chavez Ravine as they completed the final 1.2 miles to complete the 26.2 miles that make up a marathon course.

“I loved the run,” said Natalie Guevara, a fifth-grader at Lorne Street Elementary in Northridge. “I was really proud to finish first from my school.”

Among the spectators cheering on the young runners were School Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian, retired L.A. Lakers forward A.C Green and Conqur CEO Murphy Reinschreiber.

“I’m so proud of our students who participated in this exciting event,” Ekchian said. “Despite the rain and losing an hour of sleep because of Daylight Saving Time, our students persevered and completed their training program. “Today was a celebration of their unwavering commitment in achieving their goals.”