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Running Start

We can only build the next generation of athletes by supporting coaches, educators, and fitness leaders. NYRR is committed to developing these leaders by providing tools, materials, and expertise that help get kids running for life.

Bookmark this page so you have ready access to our free resources including our award-winning library of coaching videos, P.E. lesson plans, event guides, and nutrition activities. New digital resources will soon be added, including high school training plans for the mile, 5k, and 10k.

Coaching Videos

These award-winning coaching videos will help you start a youth running team or take your coaching to the next level.


Elementary School (K-4)

Find activities and games to help children in K-4 develop fundamental movement skills and cultivate an enjoyment for running. Learn more here.

See All Elementary School (K-4) Coaching Videos

Middle School (5-8)

In middle school it's time to begin transitioning from play to training and to gradually introduce competition. Learn more here.

See All Middle School (5-8) Coaching Videos

High School (9-12)

Finding the right balance between the serious and fun factor will keep high schoolers interested in running. Learn more here.

See All High School (9-12) Coaching Videos

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P.E. Lesson Plans

The first and only set of comprehensive lesson plans to help students make running fun while developing important movement skills.


Elementary School

Use these lessons to teach a unit on running and watch your students have fun while improving their coordination, athleticism, and form.

See All Elementary School P.E. Lesson Plans

See All P.E. Lesson Plans

Other resources

Running Start resources also include complementary resources and lessons to promote running and fitness.

Nutrition Activities

Use these fun physical activities to teach children about making healthy food choices.

Training Plans

Turnkey plans to help you organize and structure practices for a variety of distances.

Event Guides

Host fun and safe athletic events for kids with Running Start resources.


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