#ReasonsToRun: It Feels Good!

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Running is a natural defense against the stress we encounter in our daily lives. As most of us runners already know, going for a run is a wonderful way to work off daily frustrations. The “runner’s high” produces a calming effect that seems to reduce stress and anxiety, and the euphoria it produces can have a positive effect that lasts all day.  When you run, you leave all the negativity  – the difficult boss, the recent breakup, the bad date, the too big birthday!  –  behind and it’s just you and the open road. For a few minutes of the day, you feel free.  You don’t have to answer that text or voice mail.  As adult runners, we get this. But how great that kids in our youth programs, some who live in very difficult situations, also feel the power of running and get that positive charge in their day as well.

Running doesn’t fix everything, but it’s a good place to start. And running with Team for Kids will help get you and our kids feel the power, the rush, the high, and the beauty of running.  Now go out for a run and sign up to run with Team for Kids in 2016! We are currently open for the United Airlines NYC Half, the BMW Berlin Marathon, and the TCS New York City Marathon. If you are interested in running both the United Airlines NYC Half and the TCS New York City Marathon, then sign up for our Big Apple Challenge!


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

Share your reasons to run by using #ReasonsToRun #teamforkids 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.

#ReasonsToRun: The “I Get It!” Moment

One of the sweetest moments in running is when you feel for the first time that sense of accomplishment and pure enjoyment after completing a run, when you smile to yourself and say, “I get it!” It’s moments like this that you want to share with your TFK teammates and coaches because we also “get it.” And to take this one step further, what’s more rewarding than experiencing your own moment than knowing that the kids you are fundraising for are also having their “I get it!” moment, and at a younger age that will hopefully translate into a lifetime of loving to run. And that is a gift you can feel proud of giving.


For more information on how to support NYRR youth programs and sign up to run with Team for Kids visit: https://runwithtfk.org/. We opened for the 2016 United Airlines NYC Half today!

Share your reasons to run by using #ReasonsToRun #teamforkids 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.

#ReasonsToRun: To Run Out of Excuses

Have you ever said any of the following: I’m too tired to run this morning. It’s too hot, I’ll wait till later. Wait, I just have to answer this email. I think I feel a cold coming on so I better not run. I don’t have time to run. My socks don’t feel right. I’m still sore from yesterday’s run. The list goes on. You can add some of your own I’m sure. But we run anyway because deep down inside we know that once we run out of excuses and make it through mile one, the stress, the burdens, the excuses all vanish and are replaced with a feeling of freedom. And running with TFK brings a sense of community, camaraderie, and encouragement! Running brings us back to a purity and simplicity that is sometimes missing in our lives and no excuse is worth missing out on that.

This just one of our Reasons to Run. What’s yours?


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

Share your reasons to run by using #ReasonsToRun #teamforkids 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.

#ReasonsToRun: To Catch Up With Friends

We all lead busy lives and sometimes find it difficult to put aside time to be with friends. Running is a great way to incorporate a leisurely workout while catching up with your friends. If you are a runner, chances are some of your best friends are runners as well. Running with friends is not only a great way to socialize, it sure makes the miles fly by.

So instead of trying to schedule a time for coffee or after work drinks, go for a run and catch up during your next five-miler. If you really have some juicy news, make that a 10-miler!

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


For more information on how to support NYRR youth programs 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.

NYRR Youth Programs 2014-2015 Highlights

Team for Kids runners fundraise to provide free NYRR youth running programs, events and resources to over 200,000 youth across the nation. NYRR youth programs empower youth of all athletic abilities to get moving in addition to teaching teamwork, perseverance, and more! The NYRR breadth of services includes school and team-based programs like Mighty Milers and Young Runners, widely-attended NYRR road races and Youth Jamborees, and educational resources like Running Start, NYRR’s award-winning video series for coaching young runners. See below for highlights from the 2014-2015 school year made possible thanks to our Team for Kids runners!

Disparities in Physical Education in NYC

In May 2015, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer released Dropping the Ball: Disparities in Physical Education in New York City School that reported:

  • 26% percent of children in grades K-8 are obese or severely obese
  • 32% of NYC’s schools do not have full-time certified PE teachers
  • 28% of NYC’s schools do not have dedicated space for PE

NYRR is addressing these disparities and providing free running programming to 37% of New York City schools.

NYRR Youth Program Impact

  • Served more than 200,000 students locally and nationally through free NYRR youth running programs, events, and resources, including more than 120,000 in New York City’s five boroughs.
  • Established running programs in 800+ schools and community centers.
  • Mighty Milers in the U.S.A. ran over 5.3 million miles.
  • Mighty Milers in the U.S.A. earned 121,647 “marathon of miles” medals.
  • More than 7,100 public school students participated in NYRR’s Developmental Track & Field Series, a partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
  • Olympic gold-medalist Derrick Adkins inspired more than 27,733 students at 97 school assemblies in presenting his “Olympic Mentality” approach to academics, sports, and life.
  • At two Youth Jamborees, 4,797 runners in pre-K through high school participated in a variety of track and field events.
  • Over 2,000 runners participated in the four events comprising our inaugural Youth Running Series.
  • Over 3,800 students participated in three Mighty Milers fun runs.

NYRR Youth Running Series

This program, featuring kid-friendly distances for youth ages 7-18, began last fall with five cross-country races in the Bronx and Staten Island. It continued with five indoor winter track meets in partnership with the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory. In the spring, four of our road races featured YRS races for kids, and everyone had some serious fun trying out new distances and venues. The series will continue as we head into the summer and fall.

National Running Day

Kids were an integral part of our annual National Running Day celebration, held on June 3, when they joined adults in fun runs across the five boroughs. More than 1,700 kids from 58 NYC schools participated in our Mighty Milers Fun Run at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. This year alone, our Mighty Milers ran more than 5.3 million miles, the most ever, throughout the school year. For a recap, view our album on our Team for Kids Facebook page here and the NYRR event page here.

In the Words of the Kids

  • “I like doing Mighty Milers at my school because you get to have fun with your friends. You can get moving instead of sitting at home and playing video games.” – Andrew, 10
  • “My favorite thing about running is that it keeps you healthy. Now when I want to jog with someone I have enough energy, and I know what I need to do to pace myself.” – Amari, 9
  • “I can run faster now, and I feel better about myself.” – Violet, 10
  • “Running helps in the classroom because you get all of your exercise, and then you can focus on your paper or your education.” – Mariciana, 9
  • “Running gets my heart rate going, and it gets me enthusiastic about exercise in general. I get to be with my friends and have fun while I’m getting healthier.” – Aidan, 10
  • “I go at my own pace and get to be free. We have Mighty Milers in gym class, and our teacher pushed us, so now I have better speed and endurance.” – Fiona, 9

President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Facts and Statistics

  • Only one in three children are physically active every day.
  • Children now spend more than seven and a half hours a day in front of a screen (e.g., TV, video games, computer).
  • Only about one in five homes have parks within a half-mile, and about the same number have a fitness or recreation center within that distance.
  • Only six states (Illinois, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New York and Vermont) require physical education in every grade, K-12.
  • 28 percent of Americans, or 80.2 million people, age six and older are physically inactive.
  • Nearly one-third of high school students play video or computer games for three or more hours on an average school day.
  • Overweight adolescents have a 70 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese adults.
  • Nearly 45 percent of children living in poverty are overweight or obese compared with 22 percent of children living in households with incomes four times the poverty level. (Source)

In addition to these Team for Kids social media images, if you’re a current Team for Kids runner, use our Mighty Milers and Young Runners 2014-2015 statistic images below to share on social media and encourage friends and family to contribute to your campaign (additional images also linked here):

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For additional information visit: http://www.nyrr.org/youth-and-schools/nyrr-youth-running-continues-to-expand-in-2014-15

#ReasonsToRun

What it takes to become a runner: a pair of shoes, shorts, a tee shirt, and the desire to get out and run. We come in all shapes and sizes, levels of ability and disability. We like to race, or not. Running is the great equalizer of sports. You can do it alone or with a group. Our reasons for running vary, but the common denominator is the peace it brings to our souls. Show me a runner and I’ll show you someone who is in tune with nature and themselves.

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


For more information on how to support NYRR youth programs 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.

#ReasonsToRun

The best reason for getting out and going for a run is because you can. Running is cheap compared to other sports (you only need a good pair of running shoes), it doesn’t take a lot of thought or preparation, and it doesn’t require a lot of time – any distance counts as a run! It’s the gateway sport to all other activities and something that New York Road Runners promotes as a lifelong activity. Taking that first step can be the hardest, but once you get in the groove, the endorphins kick in and you relax. You can feel the stresses of daily life slip away and be replaced by an exhilarating calmness that you won’t want to end. So what’s stopping you? Go for a run!

This 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.