Running gives children confidence in what they can do and shows them who they can be. The Youth and Community Services arm of NYRR brings free running programs and wellness events to schools and neighborhoods, fostering physical fitness, character development, and personal achievement in children on up to seniors. Our youth programs already serve nearly 200,000 children in hundreds of underserved schools and community centers across the country and beyond, and that number continues to grow as more friends and supporters embrace our mission.
We empower children of all athletic abilities to get moving through our in-demand school and team-based programs like Mighty Milers and Young Runners, our widely-attended NYRR road races and Youth Jamborees, educational resources like NYRR’s award-winning video series for coaching young runners, and through NYRR’s constant participation in countless community health and wellness events.
Parents credit our programs with helping their children become more confident and capable. Coaches praise us for promoting teamwork and healthy competition, and educators love the way fitness helps their students perform better in school. Communities value our commitment to fighting childhood obesity and promoting lifelong health. And the children? They love the way running makes them feel and welcome the chance to be a part of something fun.