Rising New York Road Runners gives all kids
the power to become themselves
through running.


What is Rising New York Road Runners?

Rising New York Road Runners, NYRR’s new youth program and events platform, is built to develop movement skills in kids through a mix of running and fitness activities. The program is designed to help kids build their confidence, their motivation, and their desire to be physically active for life.

Rising New York Road Runners is an evolution of our existing youth efforts: It continues and enhances our free youth programs in schools, after-school programs, and community centers nationwide, as well as our free events in New York City.

Rising New York Road Runners serves kids in NYC and nationwide, from pre-K through 12th grade.


How Does It Work?

Rising New York Road Runners’ curriculum is based on the latest athletic research, on the concepts of physical literacy and long-term athlete development. Any person can achieve physical literacy; it just takes the right environment to develop the confidence and motivation needed for long-term success.


Programs in Schools and Community Centers

Rising New York Road Runners offers schools, after-school programs, and community centers nationwide a teacher/coach-led program that provides the following for free:

  • Customizable digital tools and resources
  • Research-based curriculum
  • Admission to world-class events
  • Incentives for kids as they reach milestones
  • Incentives, support, and training for Program Leads

In the 2016-17 school year, New York Road Runners youth programs served 267,000 youth in more than 1,500 sites in New York City’s five boroughs and across the United States. Our goal is to serve even more kids in the 2017-2018 school year.

Interested in applying?

Visit our application page and sign up to bring Rising New York Road Runners to your school, community center, or after-school program.


Youth Events

Rising New York Road Runners youth events are 100% free and are organized into three stages based on the level of physical activity, competitiveness, and the age of an individual participant. This means youth participate in the events most appropriate for their skill level.

To learn more about what stage is appropriate for your child and to see a list of upcoming events, please visit this page.


Rising New York Road Runners Special Programs

The NYRR Youth Wheelchair Training Program and NYRR Run for the Future will continue with the same program operations under Rising New York Road Runners.

Rising New York Road Runners Stories

Want to get to know Rising New York Road Runners coaches, participants, and parents better? Check out our Stories page to learn about how NYRR youth programs have made a positive impact on their lives.

Additional Resources

We also offer a range of free resources, including coaching videos and P.E. lesson plans.

Frequently Asked Questions

Visit our FAQ page for more information about Rising New York Road Runners, as well as our FAQ page for TCS New York City Marathon entries offered to Rising New York Road Runners sites.


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