Benefits of the Program
Team for Kids runners fundraise to provide free NYRR youth running programs, events and resources to more than 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.
Highlights of the 2015-2016 School Year
- 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.
To view additional highlights, social media impact images, and site stories and photos, visit the "Youth Program" category on our blog.
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 Running Series
This program, featuring kid-friendly distances for youth ages 7-18, began 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 NYRR road races featured YRS races for kids.
- 1000 kids ran the NYRR Times Square Kids’ Run United Airlines NYC Half
- 417 kids ran the NYRR Youth Running Series Scotland Run
- 900 kids ran the NYRR Kids’ Boardwalk Run Airbnb Brooklyn Half
- 309 kids ran the NYRR Youth Running Series UAE Healthy Kidney 10K
Global Running Day
Kids were an integral part of our annual Global Running Day celebration, when they joined adults in fun runs across the five boroughs. The spirit and passion of Global Running Day and the Million Kid Run were at the heart of the Mighty Milers Fun Run at Icahn Stadium on June 1. Nearly 2,000 New York City schoolchildren took part in races, games, and fitness activities, while seniors in New York Road Runners’ Striders program participated in a fitness walk. This year alone, our Mighty Milers ran more than 5.8 million miles, the most ever, throughout the school year. For a recap, view our album on our Team for Kids Facebook album and the NYRR event page here.
In Their Own Words
- “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
- “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
- “I can run faster now, and I feel better about myself.” – Violet, 10
- “When I came in second, I congratulated the first place winner. That’s what sportsmanship is all about.” – Andy, 11
- "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
- “Our kids don’t get enough physical education is school so Mighty Milers is my go-to program to keep my kids active and fit. And they love it as much as I do. I have the entire school of 2,575 kids on the team.” – Michael Galeotafiore, 25, site coordinator, P.S 518
- “Mighty Milers and Young Runners has been a rallying point at our school. The entire school is involved in every step from picking out the music to counting the laps and helping each other reach their goals. I can’t say enough about the program. It’s my favorite part of the day!” - Kyra Wolfe, 35, coach and teacher, P.S. 686