#ReasonsToRun: Inspire a Success Story

It finally feels like spring and with that comes a rebirth, a sense that anything is possible, especially after our harsh northeast winter. This is the time to set your spring and summer running goals, whether that’s training for a PR or your first race. Our Young Runners have been training inside throughout the winter and are also looking forward to the warm weather spring will bring and the outdoor running opportunities.

Kids like Abdel are especially looking forward to spring running opportunities. In sixth grade, Abdel was the class clown. His GPA suffered and he had to attend summer school. In seventh grade, Abdel joined his Young Runners team, studied hard, and was rewarded with a high honors “A” grade average. “Abdel is the true definition of a student-athlete with a success story,” says his coach. Now in ninth grade, Abdel, 14, completed the January NYRR Fred Lebow Manhattan Half in 1:41 by training outside in December, and has improved his mile time to 5:43 from 8:18. “He embodies the essence of what we want all Young Runners to be like,” says Kotung.

Abdel is just one of our Reasons to Run with Team for Kids. What’s yours?

For more information on how to support programs like this and sign up to run with Team for Kids visit: https://runwithtfk.org/

Share your reasons to run by using #ReasonsToRun and tagging Team for Kids in your post on Facebook and @TeamforKids on Instagram or Twitter. You can also email us a photo and your reason to run at teamforkids@nyrr.org with #ReasonsToRun in the subject line for a chance to be featured.

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