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Young Runners

Young Runners uses a team-based structure to help kids learn valuable lessons about how to set goals and make activity part of their daily lives. With the help of their coaches, students learn to run distances from 1 to 4 miles. While physically challenging, the Young Runners program is designed for children of all fitness and athletic levels in grades 3-12.


NYRR provides Young Runners for free to all New York City public schools. It is also available for free to youth clubs and before- and after-school programs in underserved communities. If you are interested in learning more about the program, email us or click here to see the latest impact report.



Tata Consultancy Services is a partner of NYRR's Young Runners program. 


Young Runners program is no longer accepting applications for the fall season

The Young Runners program is no longer accepting applications for the fall season. All additional applications will be placed on a waiting list with the possibility of entry for the spring season. Please submit an application through our online program management platform, STRIDES to be considered for the waitlist. Please email us at with any questions.

Programs Details

Getting Started

Welcome to Young Runners--read on to see what's coming in your start-up kit to kick off a great year of running!

Set Up

In our experience, thorough preparation leads to engaged students, inspired coaches, enthusiastic administrators, and successful programs.


Welcome to Young Runners Resources! Here you will find everything you need to keep practice fresh and fun, educate kids about eating heathfully, provide opportunities for your runners, learn how to qualify for awards, and more. 

Let's Move! Active Schools

Let’s Move! Active Schools makes it easier for schools to create an active school environment.

The NYRR Sneaker Closet

Nominate your kids to receive free sneakers through our monthly program from October to May.

Coaching Resources

Look here for coaching tips to teach running fundamentals, as well as games that enliven practices while honing skills.

Youth and Schools

New York Road Runners Mission