About Us

New York Road Runners creates and supports free fitness and character-building programs for children in underserved communities throughout the United States and in South Africa. NYRR's youth programs help fulfill the organization's purpose: to transform lives through running.

Mission Statement

New York Road Runners began providing youth programs in 1998. The foremost running organization in the world, NYRR's premier event is the ING New York City Marathon. NYRR's running-based youth programs promote children's physical fitness, character development, and personal achievement in under-served communities. Our youth programs currently serve as many as 100,000 children a week in hundreds of schools and community centers. Having proven successful in New York City, the programs are now being established across the United States and in Africa.


Physical education was virtually eliminated from New York City public schools a quarter century ago, and now a second generation of a million plus students is growing up without the character lessons and physical conditioning inherent in the sport of running. Our running-based physical education programs teach fitness, goal-setting and the relationship between effort and achievement, while helping youth develop the self-esteem, healthy habits and discipline necessary for success in school, the workplace and life.

Monthly Activities

We are constantly improving and expanding the additional features on our database. This includes monthly updates of information and interactive components for both students and teachers. Please take the time to check out the links on the left.
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