NYRR Run for the Future

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Through the sport of running, NYRR Run for the Future creates opportunities for a diverse group of New York City young women by providing an inclusive environment and the necessary resources to strengthen each participant’s abilities and her confidence in herself.

Created for young women who have never participated in organized sports, NYRR Run for the Future is a free seven-week $2,000 scholarship program that teaches 11th-grade girls how to run. With support from NYRR’s coaching staff, NYRR Run for the Future participants are introduced to the sport of running. They are taught running technique, nutrition, and goal setting so they can develop the ability, confidence, and motivation to be active for life.

At the conclusion of the program, the new runners participate in their first 5K (3.1-mile) race. Those accepted into NYRR Run for the Future who fulfill the program requirements and maintain an 80% attendance rate receive a $2,000 college scholarship.

Who Is Eligible?

Young women are encouraged to apply for NYRR Run for the Future if they live in New York City; are in 11th grade at a public, publicly funded, or parochial high school in New York City during the 2019–2020 school year OR are working toward their New York State High School Equivalency Diploma; plan on attending an accredited two- or four-year college or university in fall 2021; are under 20 years of age; and have had little to no experience participating in running or physical activities.

NYRR Run for the Future offers a spring training season and a summer training season. Applicants may apply to both seasons but, if accepted, will only be selected to participate in one season.

The spring training season runs from April 20 to June 3 and meets three times a week (Mondays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) with practices in Central Park.

The summer training season runs from July 6 to August 22 and meets three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays) for two-hour practices in Central Park. Morning and evening practice times are available.

To be considered for NYRR Run for the Future, 11th grade young women must complete the online application and ask an adult, such as a teacher, counselor, or employer, to upload a signed letter of recommendation. Recommendations from family members are not accepted.

If you’re interested in sharing our outreach flyer, please click the link for the flyer that is available in English, Spanish, and Simplified Chinese.

2020 Key Dates

February 16: Spring program application and letter of recommendation deadline (Applications are now closed)

March 6: Spring training season participant notification

April 15 (Extended Deadline): Summer program application and letter of recommendation deadline

May 1: Summer training season participant notification



Contact NYRR Run for the Future staff at runforthefuture@nyrr.org.
Since 2011, NYRR Run for the Future participants have earned over $875,000 in scholarships. If you would like to learn more about donating opportunities, please email Sandra Midkiff or call 212-423-2270.

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