FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We have compiled answers to the most common questions about the A Running Start Coaching Videos below:
 

Who are New York Road Runners? Headquartered in New York City, New York Road Runners is dedicated to advancing the sport of running, enhancing health and fitness for all, and meeting community needs. Our goal is to use the expertise acquired in our 52-year history to empower all people to live fitter, healthier lives through participation in our races, community events, instruction and training resources, and youth programs. Our races and other events draw more than 300,000 people each year.

The ING New York City Marathon, NYRR's premier event, is the largest and most inclusive marathon in the world, attracting the world's top professional runners every year and raising nearly $25 million for charity in 2009. NYRR's running-based youth programs, which currently serve more than 100,000 children in hundreds of schools and community centers, promote children's health and fitness, character development, and personal achievement in underserved communities.

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What's the purpose of the A Running Start videos? The videos are designed to help coaches, teachers, and parents teach youth how to run safely, enjoyably, and effectively. Visit the About A Running Start page for additional context.
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I'm a Coach/Teacher/Parent; how can these videos help me? Whatever your role in teaching children to run, A Running Start can help you to teach the fundamentals of running knowledgeably and effectively. These real world videos provide instruction on games, activities, and drills that improve kids' ability, speed, and endurance and prepare them to be runners for life. For more specific information on how to get the most from A Running Start, we suggest you visit the Getting Started section.
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Should I show these videos to my kids? The intended audience for these videos is adults that teach youth sports rather than the athletes themselves. However, some high school athletes may benefit from watching certain segments for the visuals they provide.
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Is there a Running Program that connects the activities? A Running Start is designed to be a flexible tool that can complement any existing youth program. It provides many activities coaches can use to build a practice.
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What other coaching resources are available from NYRR? Active Eating is a series of lesson plans that teach healthy eating through physically active games. Use Academic Connection activities in your lesson plans to channel your students' enthusiasm for running into subjects like math, science, writing, and more.
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I'm interested in setting up a youth running program; can NYRR help me? Schools, community-based organizations, and coaches can apply to start a Mighty Milers or a Young Runners program. Qualified applicants receive all our comprehensive program resources for free.
  • Mighty Milers is a national easy-to-implement K-8 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 at their school or community center. They achieve this by running or walking upwards of half a mile two to five times a week during supervised sessions. NYRR provides training, resources, and staff support, plus incentives for the children as they reach milestones toward their distance goals.
  • Young Runners is an after-school running program that teaches NYC 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 while learning about perseverance, teamwork, and healthy habits for life. NYRR provides training, resources, and staff support, plus incentives for the children as they achieve personal and team goals.

In addition, NYRR organizes year-round youth events in the New York City area that include Youth Jamborees, road races, track meets, health and fitness fairs, and more. Find out more details here.

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How can I tell my colleagues and friends about A Running Start? You can easily share any page from within A Running Start by using the 'Share' feature you'll find on every page. You can either email a link or post it to your favorite social networking site, e.g Facebook or Twitter.
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How can I keep up-to-date on A Running Start? Join our mailing list and you'll receive a monthly update with news about the videos, tips from expert coaches, and ideas on how coaches use A Running Start. In addition, you can follow us on our Facebook page.
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I'm looking for advice about using these activities in my coaching; where can I get help? Please use our Facebook page to engage NYRR and our community. Check out our monthly newsletter and archives.
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What are the broswer requirements for viewing the A Running Start website? The website is best viewed by using one of the following browsers:
  • Internet Explorer: 7 or later
  • Firefox: 2 or later
  • Safari: 2 or later
  • Chrome: 4 or later

In addition, our video player requires Adobe Flash Player 9, version 9.0.28 or higher. Please note Apple iOS or Android devices are not required to have Flash Player installed and will automatically use a HTML5 video player instead.

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Are the videos available on DVD? Currently our video distribution is exclusively through this website.
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If you don't see the answer to your own question above, please feel free to email us at: arunningstart@nyrr.org.