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.
Jump to a Section1999 ｜ 2002 ｜ 2005｜ 2011｜ 2016｜ 2017｜ 2018
New York Road Runners Foundation Hosts Its First Youth Practice
NYRR Team for Kids Starts
Find out more about NYRR Team for Kids.
First National Site Enrolls in Florida
NYRR Run for the Future Welcomes its First Class.
Learn more about NYRR Run for the Future.
NYRR Introduces Its Youth Wheelchair Training Program
NYRR Launches Rising New York Road Runners
Read more about Rising New York Road Runners.
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
Meb Keflezighi Becomes NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador and Special Advisor
Rising New York Road Runners Announces Expansion to Puerto Rico and Partnership with Beverly Ramos as Special Ambassador
You can help NYRR's free youth programs develop towards the next 20 years and beyond by making a donation today.