Celebrating 20 Years of Free Youth Running

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Our commitment to free running for kids began in January 1999 with 20 students in an after-school program at the public school in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Twenty years later, our youth commitment has grown to serve nearly 250,000 students ages 2-18 in all five boroughs and across the nation.

Today, our Rising New York Road Runners youth program and events platform is built to develop movement skills in kids through a mix of running and fitness activities. The program is designed to help kids build their confidence, their motivation, and their desire to be physically active for life.

As we remain committed to getting more kids moving, the next 20 years will have an even bigger impact, with the goal of doubling our impact to serve half a million kids by 2023.

Here's a look at how our youth programs have grown from that first school in Brooklyn.

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New York Road Runners Foundation Hosts Its First Youth Practice



NYRR Team for Kids Starts

Find out more about NYRR Team for Kids.

Youth runners in the early days of NYRR youth programs


First National Site Enrolls in Florida



NYRR Run for the Future Welcomes its First Class.

Learn more about NYRR Run for the Future.

Run for the Future Runners


NYRR Introduces Its Youth Wheelchair Training Program

Youth wheelchair athlete


NYRR Launches Rising New York Road Runners

Read more about Rising New York Road Runners.

Rising New York Road Runners kids playing

1 for You 1 for Youth is Introduced in Partnership with New Balance

Learn more about 1 for You 1 for Youth


Jenny Simpson Becomes Rising New York Road Runners Ambassador and Special Advisor 

Jenny Simpson with kids


Meb Keflezighi Becomes NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador and Special Advisor 

Meb Keflezighi with a Rising New York Road Runner participants

Rising New York Road Runners Announces Expansion to Puerto Rico and Partnership with Beverly Ramos as Special Ambassador

Bev Ramos with Rising New York Road Runners in Puerto Rico


You can help NYRR's free youth programs develop towards the next 20 years and beyond by making a donation today. 

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