New York Road Runners
2016 Progress Report
Over the next five years, through an investment of $7 million dollars, NYRR will expand the number of participating schools by 20 percent and increase the number of student participants by at least 25 percent. In addition, NYRR will disseminate its free digital teaching resource, Running Start, to at least 2,500 schools.
“The 2015-2016 school year continued the dynamic growth of New York Road Runners 100% free youth running programs. Our largest program, Mighty Milers, served more than 187,000 students from 824 schools and after school programs in 47 states. Collectively, the students ran more than 5.8 million miles for which they earned more the 675,000 free incentives. More than 65% of the students qualified for the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program as we increased our site growth by 25% and our service population by 19% while maintaining our focus on serving low income communities.
"While growing the national Mighty Milers program, we placed an array of resources into developing a new national program that will ultimately serve many more youth and have greater impact on fighting obesity. The new program, which launches in the 2017-2018 school year, emphasizes physical literacy, defined as the motivation, confidence and ability to be physically active for life. Physical literacy is a central tenant of Long Term Athlete Development, and both concepts are winning the endorsement of leading physical educators around the world, some collaborating with us on the new program’s development.”