New York Road Runners is committed to supporting youth running and fitness worldwide with coaching tools, running programs, and youth events that do the following:
  • Teach kids how to run safely and effectively
  • Impart the joy of running to children of all fitness levels
  • Introduce children to the sports of distance running and Track and Field
  • Increase the quality of coaching for K-12 runners
  • Increase the number of adults capable of coaching competently and knowledgeably
  • Promote lifelong health and fitness habits

The Youth Coaching Resources area of our website currently offers the following free electronic resources:

Coaching Videos – an online collection of more than 80 videos that help coaches teach the fundamentals of running through age-appropriate games, activities, and drills.

P.E. Lesson Plans – a set of lesson plans to bring running fundamentals into physical education classes.

Training Plans – practical guides that help build training programs for students in track &field and road running.

Active Eating – a series of K-8 lesson plans that use fun physical activities to educate children about making healthy food choices.

Events To Run – a guide to planning and staging several common athletic events.


Running Programs and Events
In addition to electronic resources, New York Road Runners offers the following programs and events for children and educators:


Mighty Milers is an easy-to-implement youth running program designed for all fitness levels. Children strive to complete one to four "marathons of miles" (26.2 to 104.8 miles) over the course of a program cycle. New York Road Runners provides training, resources, and staff support, plus incentives for the children as they reach milestones toward their goal. This program is available in all 50 states and internationally. Learn more here.

Young Runners is an after-school running program that teaches New York City youth of all fitness levels to run distances ranging from 1 to 6.2 miles. Through team practices and events, Young Runners increase their running performance, and learn about perseverance, teamwork, and healthy habits for life. New York Road Runners provides training, resources, and staff support, plus incentives for the children as they achieve individual goals. Learn more here.


NYRR Youth Jamborees are free day-long events held three times a year in prominent New York City athletic facilities. Children aged 4-15 participate in running, jumping, and throwing events while family health booths and screenings are open to all attendees. Learn more here.

The NYRR Developmental Track & Field Series is a collaborative partnership between the New York City Department of Education's Office of Fitness and Health Education, New York Road Runners, and Sports & Arts in Schools Foundation. Through developmental and championship meets each spring, thousands of children from the five boroughs learn about running and lifelong fitness by participating in the sport of track and field.

You can find out much more including news on upcoming events on the Youth and Schools website.

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