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 Championship

The 2015 Young Runner's Championship took place on Tuesday, June 16th at Icahn Stadium. Dark clouds lingered high above the stadium, but that did not stop the kids from shining their brighest. After a beautfiul rendition of the National Anthem from Natalie Dalm, the Young Runners headed to the starting line for the 5K race. After just over 17-minutes, the first boy crossed the finish line. This outstanding perfomance set the tone for the rest of the activites. Runners also competed in a 1-mile race and the Rosenberg Can Do Anything Two Mile Invitational Run. Check out some of the great action from the event!

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. 

The NYRR Sneaker Closet

Nominate your kids to earn free sneakers!

Marathon Entry FAQ

Guaranteed entry into the 2016 TCS New York City Marathon is available through your NYRR Young Runners program!

Coaching Resources

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

Youth and Schools