Participating in events gives kids something to look forward to, shows them they are part of something much bigger, and provides them with a chance to put their running to the test. There are numerous races and events offered each season including Youth Jamborees, the Young Runners Championship, Friendlies, Run with Champions, NYRR road races, and other special events. Schedules are emailed to coaches each season. You can also check the Young Runners calendar.
For transportation to NYRR Youth Jamborees, submit bus requests and your team's registrations forms at the same time. It’s important to remember that all your forms must be submitted by the bus request deadline, which is earlier than the pre-registration deadline for Jamborees.
As soon as you arrive at the race venue, report to the Young Runners tent to sign-in and pick up the bib numbers, safety pins, and B-tags or D-tags (race timing devices) for your team. Only students who wear their personal bib numbers are eligible to race. It is especially important that all Young Runners wear the timing device at 4M races because NYRR will check Young Runners times and distribute time patches for Young Runners who run 4M in 45, 40, 36, or 32 minutes or less for the first time.
When you pick up your race-day packet, you will be asked to sign in at the Young Runners table and note how many kids and adults are in attendance from your site. To help us ensure all kids are accounted for at the end of the race, you must also sign out and note how many kids are with you when you leave. Do not leave the event without signing out with one of our staff.
Pick up a trash bag from the Young Runners tent and place all of your team's baggage inside. Mark the bag with your baggage tag (found on bib number) and place in the baggage holding area; pick up after the race. Alternatively, each of your athletes can be responsible for tagging their own baggage and picking it up at the end of the race. No baggage can be stored at the Young Runners tent.
Most, but not all, races have t-shirts or other souvenirs for the participants. The souvenirs set aside for Young Runners are distributed after the race is complete. Once all of your team members are accounted for, your runners will collect their souvenirs by forming a single file line and presenting their race bib at the Young Runners tent. Runners must pick-up their own souvenir. T-shirt sizes are distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. All youth participants will get their t-shirts or souvenirs prior to adult coaches and volunteers.
NYRR supports the enthusiasm of your Young Runners who want to run in multiple events. Please note that if your team plans to attend an event not coordinated through New York Road Runners, your Program Manager must receive the event details at least two weeks in advance.
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