NYRR Run for the Future

NYRR Run for the Future is a free summer running program for young women going into their senior year of high school. This unique opportunity welcomes those with little to no prior athletic experience and introduces them to the sport of running. Along with support and guidance from NYRR’s coaching staff, NYRR Run for the Future participants have access to workshops that teach the new runners about running technique, nutrition, form drills, stretching, as well as, developing healthy body image and goal setting. At the conclusion of the seven-week program, the runners participate in their first 5K race at the Percy Sutton Harlem 5K Run in late August. Those who complete all the requirements receive a $2,000* college scholarship.

All NYC young women entering their senior year at a public, publicly-funded, or parochial high school during the 2018-2019 school year or are working toward their New York State High School Equivalency Diploma are eligible to apply for the summer 2018 program cycle.

Check out the 2017 Program Report to learn more about NYRR Run for the Future's impact in New York City.

*Based on fulfillment of program requirements


The NYRR Run for the Future 2018 application is now open and is available here.

In addition to the online application, a letter of recommendation is required. Please view the recommendation instructions here.

To share program information with an eligible applicant, download the NYRR Run for the Future outreach flyer.


April 1: Application Deadline
May 1: Participant Notification
Early June: Team Orientation
July 9-August 25: Program Dates


Contact NYRR Run for the Future staff at [email protected] or 212.548.7360.

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