New York Road Runners is committed to providing a safe experience for all participants at our events. To guarantee a safe atmosphere and the best experience for runners, youth and adult alike, NYRR has worked closely with our operations team and with exercise physiologists, and top athletes, and reviewed current research into physical literacy and long-term athlete development and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and USA Track & Field (USATF) guidelines to create a new age policy for our races.
The chart below outlines the new age requirements for participation in NYRR races and can assist parents, athletes, and coaches in making appropriate training and competition decisions. This policy will take effect for all NYRR races taking place on or after January 1, 2019.
|Race Distance||Minimum Age||Suggested Maximum Frequency|
|5K/4 miles||8||3 times/year until age 14|
|8K/5 miles||8||3 times/year until age 15|
|10K/7 miles||12||3 times/year until age 15|
|15K/10 miles||16||2 times/year until age 17|
|Half-marathon||16||1 time/year until age 18|
NYRR recommends youth participants initially run these distances with a family member and focus on having fun, being active, and completing the distance, and not on time or competition. Participants of all ages are subject to NYRR Rules of Competition, Race Procedures, and Code of Conduct.
Youth Events and Training
NYRR offers free youth-only events and training plans for 2- to 18-year-olds through Rising New York Road Runners. These events and training plans are designed to be developmentally appropriate for any participant, regardless of age or ability level, with the goal of helping kids build their confidence, their motivation, and their desire to be physically active for life.