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Frequently Asked Questions About NYRR

What is NYRR? I know you put on races, but there seems to be much more to the organization than just competition.
NYRR is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the benefits of running for life. In our 54 years, we have grown to become the  world’s premier community running organization. Our efforts to give everyone a reason to run continue to gain momentum and recognition globally. We are more widely known for all our world-class events—including the famed ING New York City Marathon—which attract and inspire more than 300,000 runners each year, including 60,000 NYRR members. But we are equally committed to the runners of tomorrow. We're proud of our youth and community services programs, which educate and motivate more than 100,000 kids throughout the five boroughs of New York City, in all 50 states, and around the world.
When was NYRR founded?
NYRR was founded in 1958 by a small but passionate group of runners who vowed to bring running to the people. Read our full history here.  

What is NYRR's mission today?
NYRR is a leader in the worldwide running movement, helping people of all ages and abilities discover the power of running to improve their health, fitness, and overall well-being. Over the past 54 years, we've transcended our roots as a local running club to embrace a much larger community calling: championing the benefits of a lifetime of running.
To learn more about how we've grown and where we're headed, read Run for Life, our first-ever Annual Update, published in 2011.
How is NYRR financed?
NYRR is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our unique model teams contributions from corporations, foundations, and individual donors with earned income from our best-in-class events. We are grateful for the support and commitment of our partners, donors, and sponsors. For more information on how you or your company/foundation can support our efforts, click here.  We invite you to visit to view our complete financials. For additional information regarding NYRR's finances, please contact

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