THE RUNNINGUSA.ORG WEEKEND UPDATE newsletter included an item about a recent New York Road Runners (NYRR) announcement that all of it’s youth events will be FREE to every participant “across New York City’s five boroughs and beyond”. These free events will complement existing free youth running programs that “NYRR has been offering for the past 12 years through the NYRR Mighty Milers and Young Runners programs in schools and community centers in NYC and across the country.
The public events include the NYRR YOUTH RUNNING SERIES for ages 7-18 and weekly kids’ races for ages 2-12.
The announcement informs that, “during the 2016-2017 school year, NYRR is projecting to serve 250,000 youth nationally through free NYRR youth running programs and events, both in-school and public. Additionally, a new, free youth WHEELCHAIR training program will launch on September 10, introducing youth with physical disabilities to the sport of wheelchair racing.”
Even if you don’t live in the NYC area there is much to explore on the NYRR site with regard to youth running. The Running Start page posts coaching videos for the elementary, middle school, and high school levels. Lesson Plans for physical education classes are also provided, with additional resources like PE standards, skills assessment tools, and a teacher’s guide. There are links to training plans for elementary and middle school-ers, with plans for high school students promised soon.
Running is a lifelong sport that can build aerobic capacity and cardiovascular health, and provide participants with a solid foundation for other sports. Eager students across the country will enjoy and benefit from learning about the sport and how to safely train for and compete in races in similar programs elsewhere. These programs exist because of the support of dedicated teachers, coaches, parents, and running enthusiasts who wish to help the youth in their communities. EarnedRuns can tell your story if you provide the information!
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