NYRR Youth Program Teacher Stories

New York Road Runners’ youth programs better children’s health, self-confidence, self-discipline, perseverance, and capabilities around goal-setting, all of which improve behavior and academic performance. Thank you NYRR Team for Kids runners for raising critical funds to support these programs!

Together, NYRR and teachers got over 215,000 kids moving this year, in New York City and nationwide. Here are some of their stories.

NYRR Youth Programs 2015-2016 Highlights

We’re excited to announce a record-breaking school year for youth runners in New York City and across the nation! New York Road Runners Team for Kids runners we are incredibly grateful for all your fundraising efforts in support of NYRR youth programs. Thank you for the endless inspiration and for raising critical funds to serve our youth! Read the full Press Release here: http://bit.ly/2913goq

Team for Kids runners fundraise to provide free NYRR youth running programs, events and resources to over 215,000 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 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 Highlights

  • Served more than 215,000 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 1000+ schools and community centers nationwide.
  • Mighty Milers in the U.S.A. ran over 5.8 million miles.
  • Mighty Milers in the U.S.A. earned 121,292 “marathon of miles” medals.
  • More than 7,400 public school students participated in NYRR’s Developmental Track & Field Series, a partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
  • 165 sites and more than 7,400 kids participated in the NYRR Developmental Track & Field Series presented by Tata Consultancy Services, a partnership with the New York City Department of Education.
  • At 2 NYRR Youth Jamborees presented by Tata Consultancy Services, more than 2,400 runners in pre-K through high school participated in a variety of track and field events.
  • Nearly 6,500 runners participated in the 9 events comprising the NYRR Youth Running Series.
  • More than 3,000 kids participated in 3 Mighty Milers Fun Runs, including more than 650 kids from 27 sites who were a part of the Million Kid Run on Global Running Day at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island.
  • NYRR Mighty Milers and Young Runners received more than 3,800 free pairs of running shoes as part of The NYRR Sneaker Closet
  • NYRR awarded $44,225 worth of books to 378 Mighty Milers sites who ran more than 789,000  miles towards new books as part of NYRR’s Miles for Books initiative.

For current Team for Kids runners, when asking for support, quantify the impact of Team for Kids with the 2015-2016 Youth Program Infographics linked here!

To view additional highlights, social media impact images, and site stories and photos, visit the “Youth Program” category on our blog and visit our Facebook Albums for Global Running Day, Mighty Milers Fun Run,  and Young Runners Championships!

The Team for Kids Impact!

We’re excited to announce a record-breaking school year for youth runners in New York City and across the nation! New York Road Runners Team for Kids runners we are incredibly grateful for all your fundraising efforts in support of NYRR youth programs. Thank you for the endless inspiration and for raising critical funds to serve our youth!

Read the full Press Release here: http://bit.ly/2913goq

Young Runners Impact

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The story below is from New York Road Runners Young Runner, Amy Lei, and is an inspiring personal account of a journey many of the students in NYRR Youth Programs experience.

“Although it is just my first year at Stuyvesant, I feel as though New York Road Runners Young Runners program has been of great help. It shaped me from someone who hated all sports, to someone that is willing to give up time to run.

When I first heard of NYRR Young Runners, I was reluctant to join. The thought of running 30 minutes continuously seemed impossible to me. After all, I was not at all “fit” or “athletic.” In fact, I hated most physical activities. I couldn’t feel the motivation for it, but I knew it’ll be a good way to impress colleges. So what swayed me to finally join was the idea of “running for fun” or “running at your own pace.” I felt like it offered a lot of freedom for beginners like me.

One moment that stands out to me is my 2nd run. I had finally ran 1 mile without stopping to rest or walk. The accomplishment seems so simple and easy now, but at that time, it was a big change. In middle school, I’ve always walked at least half of the mile. So to do so for the first time, no matter how slow, was a big feat for me. Then, from that point on, I never stopped to walk again. I loved the feeling I got each time. It was a sense of victory or triumph because I pushed on, despite the occasional feeling of wanting to give up. Eventually I was able to fit in 2 miles within the 30 minutes. That 2 miles then turned to 3 miles, and just recently, I attempted 4 miles. I even see improvement in my mile time, as it went from something like 12 minutes to as low as 8 minutes.

I am definitely happy and grateful there exists such a program like NYRR Young Runners. It helped me improve, and it was evident during fencing tryouts. Although I didn’t make the cut, I felt amazed at all the activities I endured through. It ranged from many flights of stairs (something everyone dread), to an intense sprinting game, and even a 5 minute plank. None of this would be possible if I didn’t have NYRR Young Runners to push myself. So I really hope this program continues to be available to students. I already know many students just like the old me. They hate the thought of exercise and preferred to be a couch potato. As I’m already trying to recruit them, I’m sure it’ll open many opportunities for others too.

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this race!” – Amy Lei

Spring NYRR Youth Jamboree Presented by TCS

Thank you New York Road Runners (NYRR) Team for Kids runners for raising critical funds to support over 200,000 students across the nation with free NYRR youth running programs, events and resources! Thousands of these students were in action last weekend! Icahn Stadium, on Randall’s Island, was packed with more than 2,000 students ages 4-18 who came out to participate in a variety of track and field events, including relays, shot put, and long jump. The stadium was buzzing with excitement all day long! View photos within our Facebook album and the full recap linked here!

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