Mission and Impact

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Our Mission: Help and Inspire Through Running

Running takes your body, mind, and spirit to a better place. The simple act of putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward can make you healthier, happier, and more confident.

Like the starting horn at a race, we want to be the “Go!” that gets people running for life. At New York Road Runners, it is our goal to give everyone on the planet both a reason to run and the means and opportunity to keep running and never stop.

Over the past 61 years, we have grown from a local running club to a global champion of the running movement. We are the world’s premier community running organization, and our efforts and events serve all runners and active individuals, from beginners to professional athletes: the young, the elderly, and the underserved of all abilities.

We impact the lives of 670,000 people annually, from New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs to runners around the world, through a wide variety of events and programs for people of all ages and abilities.

It is our unique nonprofit model, which teams contributions from corporate, foundation, and individual donors with earned income from our best-in-class events, that makes all our efforts possible.

Together with the help of all of NYRR’s members, supporters, participants, and partners, we're working hard to fulfill our mission of giving all people everywhere a reason to run. Today, tomorrow, and for life.

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Our Impact

Community Impact
NYRR is making a real difference in the lives of children. We reach almost 250,000 youth through Rising New York Road Runners, propelling them to expand their physical, emotional, and educational potential through running.

Charitable Impact
Running has the power to transform the lives of not only the runners but the individuals and communities they choose to support along their journey. In 2018, 10,000 charity runners raised a record $40 million during the TCS New York City Marathon on behalf of hundreds of not-for-profit organizations in New York City and across the nation. This number represents a mix of charity runners, including those registered to run the race with an official TCS New York City Marathon charity partner, those running on their own but raising money for an official charity partner, and those running on their own and using CrowdRise, the TCS New York City Marathon official fundraising partner platform, to raise money. Since the inception of the official charity partner program in 2006, more than $310 million has been raised.

NYRR’s Team for Kids, the TCS New York City Marathon's largest charity, raised more than $8.65 million for Rising New York Road Runners. This dedicated team of adult runners from around the world adds meaning to their miles—raising funds in support of NYRR’s commitment to provide young athletes with effective and affordable fitness programming. Nearly 250,000 students are impacted through Rising New York Road Runners’ programs, events, and resources, including more than 125,000 in New York City's five boroughs.

Economic Impact
Running the TCS New York City Marathon is a feat of willpower—and the race itself is a testament to the economic power of 1 million + spectators, thousands of runners and their guests, plus sponsors, vendors, and NYRR. In 2014, the race generated a record $415 million for New York City, significantly boosting tourism, tax revenues, and the economy.

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