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.