Registration is still open for NYRR’s Youth Running Series, which begins on Tuesday.
The series is for kids 6 to 18 years old, but there’s a twist: Their families are invited to participate right beside them.
“Kids need to see their parents moving,” said Zakia Feracho, senior manager of NYRR Youth and Community Services. “Parents can join in as much as they want. Everyone does a warm-up jog together, then stretches, drills, and strides. Then some parents will run with us while others will marshal the course, maybe spraying the kids with water on hot days. It becomes a real community effort.”
The Youth Running Series is a free, seven-week program, led by NYRR coach Asteria Howard and aimed at novice runners, which will teach the basics through activities and drills for all fitness and pace levels. Kids will be divided into groups based on age and/or ability level. The program meets in four locations:
Although participants are urged to come to as many sessions as possible, they are not required to attend every week.
“We just want to give families the opportunity to exercise together, and to break down whatever barriers might be in the way of that,” said Feracho.
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