About NYRR's Running Start

New York Road Runners is committed to supporting youth running and fitness worldwide with coaching tools, running programs, and youth events that do the following:

  • Teach kids how to run safely and effectively
  • Impart the joy of running to children of all fitness levels
  • Introduce children to the sports of distance running and Track and Field
  • Increase the quality of coaching for K-12 runners
  • Increase the number of adults capable of coaching competently and knowledgeably
  • Promote lifelong health and fitness habits
RESOURCES

The youth coaching resources area of our website currently offers the following free electronic resources:

 

1- Coaching Videos

These videos help youth coaches teach the fundamentals of running through age-appropriate games, activities, and drills. Created in collaboration with a team of expert youth coaches and exercise physiologists, these activities can be used individually, incorporated into an existing practice routine, or used to craft one's own running session.

2- P.E. Lesson Plans

Teach a unit on running in your P.E. class with NYRR's new lesson plans. Created for elemetary school educators, this new curriculum with more than 25 lessons will improve children's ability to run plus their overall coordination and athleticsm. They can be used on their own or incorporated into another sports unit.

3- Training Plans

Turnkey training plans help teachers and coaches prepare kids for the sport of running. Use the track and field training plans to introduce elementary and middle school students to track and field. Forthcoming plans for high schoolers will prepare them for the mile, 5K, and 10K.

4- Nutrition Activities

These physically active lessons get kids moving and learning about how to choose healthy foods for meals and snacks. Designed by nutritionists for grades K-8, these activities are great for classroom breaks, health class, P.E., or recess.

5- Event Guides

Running Start Event Guides provide all the information one needs to organize a successful youth athletic event. Resources for 5 types of events include planning timelines, staffing and supplies checklists, event layouts, logistics and registration advice, and more.

Programs:

NYRR offers several year-round programs for schools and communities. Our flagship youth programs are Mighty Milers and Young Runners. Learn more about these programs  events on the youth and schools section of our website.

  • Mighty Milers is an easy-to-implement youth running program designed for all fitness levels. Children strive to complete one to four “marathons of miles” (26.2 to 104.8 miles) over the course of a program cycle. New York Road Runners provides training, resources, and staff support, plus incentives for the children as they reach milestones toward their goal. This program is available in all 50 states and internationally. Learn more here.
  • Young Runners is an after-school running program that teaches New York City youth of all fitness levels to run distances from 1 to 6.2 miles. Through team practices and events, Young Runners increase their running performance, and learn about perseverance, teamwork, and healthy habits for life. NYRR provides training, resources, and staff support, plus incentives for the children as they achieve individual goals. Learn more here.

Events:

  • NYRR Youth Jamborees are free day-long events held three times a year in prominent NYC athletic facilities. Children in preK to high school participate in running, jumping, and throwing events while family health booths and screenings are open to all attendees. Learn more here.
  • The Developmental Track & F ield Series is a collaborative partnership between the NYC Department of Education’s Office of Fitness and Health Education, New York Road Runners, and Sports & Arts in Schools F oundation. Through developmental and championship meets each spring, thousands of children from the five boroughs learn about running and lifelong fitness by participating in the sport of track and field.

 

CONTACT US

We greatly appreciate your feedback about NYRR's Running Start. If you have a question about the resources, or would simply like to tell us how you have found them useful, please choose the appropriate resource below:

Community Forum: Tell coaches, teachers, and parents around the world how you use Running Start. Give us feedback, share your ideas, and learn from each other. We’ve created a F acebook page to provide you with a forum. Please visit: www.facebook.com/ARunningStart/

Email: If you have a question for NYRR about Running Start send us an email: arunningstart@nyrr.org

Youth and Schools