Supporting Kids and Communities

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, events, and resources already serve more than 200,000 children in hundreds of underserved schools and community centers across the country 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.

Click here to read the Impact Framework Report, an in-depth look at the impact of Mighty Milers and Young Runners on students.

Highlights of the 2014-2015 School Year:

  • We served more than 200,000 children through New York City and across the country
  • We established running programs in nearly 600 New York City schools and community centers.
  • 157,350 children were part of Mighty Milers in the U.S.A. and ran 5.3 million miles.
  • Mighty Milers earned nearly half a million incentives, like “marathon of miles” medals and T-shirts.
  • More than 150 schools participated in NYRR’s Developmental Track & Field Series, a partnership with the New York City Department of Education that consisted of 42 meets and a championship event with 1,500+ students.
  • Olympic gold-medalist Derrick Adkins inspired more than 27,000 students at 97 assemblies in presenting his "Olympic Mentality" approach to academics, sports, and life.

Youth and Schools