AlertPlease note that the location for the NYRR Youth Running Series event on October 8 has changed from Clove Lakes Park to Silver Lake Park on Staten Island. 



Enroll Your School in the Program

Enrollment for the DTFS program is through our Youth Programs portal, STRIDES.

Before beginning your application for DTFS in Strides, it’s useful to establish which type of user you are:

  • Existing STRIDES users: Coaches that have enrolled in Mighty Milers, Young Runners or Developmental Cross Country in 2015 should already have an account for  STRIDES. To apply for DTFS, please log into STRIDES, then select “Add Program” on your dashboard.
  • New STRIDES users: If you are new to the STRIDES website then simply go to the STRIDES homepage and use the “Want to Start a Program?” feature in the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

In either case, you will be lead through a series of steps to provide information about your school and the students that you wish to participate in the program. The application includes a step that requires the approval of your school’s Principal. At this stage, the Principal will be emailed a link to our portal and asked to review and approve your application.

To start your application, please go to STRIDES at


Attend a DTFS In-Person Coaches Training and/or an Informational Webinar

In-Person Coaches Training

These two-hour sessions are being held from January to March at locations around the five boroughs. These sessions are designed to help coaches prepare their students for the spring meets and to review the track and field training program and other available resources.

All new coaches are required to attend an in-person training for the DTFS program. Returning coaches may also attend if they wish.

Read more about our track and field training program here.

Informational Webinar

This season we will also be hosting a number of 45-minute online webinars prior to the season. This session will include a full overview of the program including the logistics of the events and the rules and regulations of the programs and tips on how to successfully prepare for the meets.

ALL COACHES, regardless of tenure, must attend one of the informational webinars in order for their school to be accepted into the DTFS program.

To obtain the schedule for the in-person trainings and webinars or to reserve your place, log into STRIDES. If you have any questions, please contact us at or call (646) 758-9672.


Register your School for Spring Meets

A STRIDES Guide which includes information on how to enter student rosters will be provided to all coaches once sites are officially enrolled in the program. It is the coach and principal’s responsibility to ensure that each participating student has a signed participant form prior to being entered into STRIDES and attending any meet.

For NYC DOE schools, please use the accurate month and year and “01” as the day for all students’ date of birth. Please follow the Chancellor’s Regulations (A-820) in regards to student information and confidentiality.

Meets are held during the school day at various tracks throughout New York City starting in mid-March. A full schedule will be sent out upon enrollment. The meets are developmental in nature meaning that the focus is on fun, learning, and experience rather than on competition.

Team registration forms must be submitted electronically via Form Assembly by the stated deadlines, but keep in mind the meet may reach capacity prior to the deadline. Late registration entries will not be accepted. You will be able to access Form Assembly by clicking the link in the schedule that was provided to you.

Schools must register in advance of every meet in order to participate. Only students registered in STRIDES will be allowed to participate in the series. For safety, each team will be limited to 40 students per event and each event will also have a limited number of teams who can participate due to venue constraints; therefore you are encouraged to register as early as possible.

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