San Manuel Band Of Mission Indians Awarded Corporate Champion Trophy

San Manuel Employees participated in the Los Angeles Marathon for the first time where they placed first in “Fittest Company” and third in “Fastest Company” categories.


HIGHLAND, Calif. (September 1, 2020) – Team members employed by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians were given the opportunity to train as a team and run in the 35th Annual Los Angeles Marathon operated by the McCourt Foundation. On March 8, 2020, ninety one San Manuel team members and Tribal Citizens finished the race earning them top spots in two categories of the marathon’s Corporate Challenge. They earned first place in the “Fittest Company” category for having the largest team and third place in the “Fastest Company” category for having the top five best finishing times for both males and females.  

“It’s rewarding to have earned first place in the LA Marathon’s Corporate Challenge, especially in our very first year,” said Brigitte Saria, Chief People and Infrastructure Officer of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians., “It’s the perfect representation of the teamwork, commitment and gratitude of this team.” 

San Manuel provided employees with training resources to help them prepare for the 26.2 mile course, such as a paced training schedule, a professional running coach and the comradery and motivation of a team with a shared goal. Over the course of 20 weeks, San Manuel had 160 team members and their families who took part in training and practice runs with the team. Together they trained a total of 1,820 hours in preparation for what would be the longest run the majority of them had ever done.

On race day, 91 team members completed the Los Angeles Marathon and ran a total of 2,384 miles. San Manuel sponsored the Los Angeles Marathon and running team in commitment to their Health and Wellness initiative. Click here to view photos.

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California.  San Manuel exercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development.  As descendants of the indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, the Serrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region.

About The McCourt Foundation

With an impact reach from Boston to Los Angeles, The McCourt Foundation (501c3) empowers individuals and communities to build a healthier world through events and educational forums.  TMF is committed to enhancing the lives of patients and families affected by neurological diseases (MS, ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s) and other health challenges. Its world-class portfolio of events includes the Los Angeles Marathon presented by ASICS, the Rose Bowl Half Marathon & 5K, the Santa Monica Classic 5K/10K, LA Big 5k, the Boston Waterfront 5K, the Tour de South Shore, the McCourt Gala & Auction, and the Educational Update. 

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