Since 1990, this four-week program has given kids of all ability levels expert instruction in track and field events and the opportunity to take part in friendly competition at the world-famous New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory. Events include distance running, sprints, relays, hurdles, long jump, high jump, and javelin. Every participant goes home with a ribbon and a T-shirt.
The City Sports for Kids program is directed by fitness experts Bob and Shelly Glover, who have co-authored best-selling books including The Runner’s Handbook and The Family Fitness Handbook. Nearly 25 years ago they started this program to promote youth physical fitness, help kids develop self-esteem through success-oriented sports, and build bridges of understanding through play between boys and girls of various races and religions. The Glovers are assisted by a staff of seasoned runners. See kids in action in this photo gallery.
Classes meet on Sundays from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m., in four-week sessions open to kids born between 2001 and 2008. Spectators may watch from the balcony; no adults or non-participating children are allowed onto the main track floor.
Location: New York Road Runners City Sports for Kids is hosted by The New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory, 168th Street at Fort Washington Avenue, Washington Heights, Manhattan.
New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory—"The World's Fastest Track"
The Armory, one of the finest indoor facilities in the country, has been the site of many state, national, and world record-breaking performances. City Sports for Kids uses its 200-meter banked oval track and eight-lane straightaway for running, relays, sprints, and hurdles. Other features of the facility used by the program include sand long-jump pits and a shot-put cage. The Armory is the mecca for high school and college track in the New York City area. Thousands of youth participate in the various invitational and championship meets held on its state-of-the-art track—including the national high school championships. The National Track and Field Hall of Fame at the Armory opened in 2004.
Spectators: Adults and children may view the program from the balcony, which has plenty of seating. Parents are responsible for monitoring children not in the program. Good sportsmanship is expected from parents. No adults or children not in the program are allowed onto the main track floor.
Registration: $40 per four-class session (non-refundable and non-transferable). Program size is limited, so register early. There will be no confirmation of your acceptance. Registration will close once program capacity is reached. When registration closes there will be a notice on this web page. Registration may close prior to the first class. New York Road Runners welcomes all donations to City Sports for Kids. (Actual cost per child is in excess of the program fee.) For more information on City Sports for Kids, email Robert H. Glover & Associates at CoachBob@CoachGlover.com.