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 215,000 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.

Highlights from the 2015-2016 School Year:

  • We served more than 215,000 children throughout New York City and across the country.
  • Nationwide, NYRR Mighty Milers reached more than 188,000 students in approximately 900 schools and community centers.
  • These Mighty Milers collectively ran nearly six million miles over the course of the school year. 
  • 121,000 Mighty Milers earned “marathon of miles” medals for running a total of 26.2 miles or more over the course of a school year.
  • 165 sites and more than 7,400 kids participated in the NYRR Developmental Track & Field Series presented by Tata Consultancy Services, a partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
  • At 2 NYRR Youth Jamborees presented by Tata Consultancy Services, more than 2,400 runners in pre-K through high school participated in a variety of track and field events.
  • Nearly 6,500 runners participated in the 9 events comprising the NYRR Youth Running Series.
  • More than 3,000 kids participated in 3 Mighty Milers Fun Runs, including more than 650 kids from 27 sites who were a part of the Million Kid Run on Global Running Day at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.
  • NYRR Mighty Milers and Young Runners received more than 3,800 free pairs of running shoes as part of The NYRR Sneaker Closet.
  • NYRR awarded $44,225 worth of books to 378 Mighty Milers sites who ran more than 789,000 miles towards new books as part of NYRR’s Miles for Books initiative.

Youth and Schools