Increasing Physical Activity

New York Road Runners

Year Committed: 2013
Length of Commitment: 5 years

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.

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Verified Results

    • Commitment Element

      Continue funding its Might Milers program in the amount of at least $1.3 million per year. New York Road Runners will increase funding for the Mighty Milers program to at least $1.5 million per year within 5 years, collectively expending a minimum of $7 million over 5 years.
    • Progress To Date

      New York Road Runners spent $2.56 million to operate its Mightly Milers program from April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016, thus meeting its annual goal. In the first three years of its commitment, New York Road Runners spent $6.51 million to operate the Mighty Milers program. It has made 93% progress towards meeting its goal of expending $7 million on the Mighty Milers program over five years.

    • Implementation Date

      July 2016
    • Reporting Date

      August 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Expand the number of schools participating in the Mighty Milers program by a minimum of 20% by 2018, an increase of at least 100 schools from the current baseline number of schools. At least 80% of the new participating schools should be schools in which at least 50% of students qualify for free or reduced-price school meals.
    • Progress To Date

      During the 2015-2016 school year, 824 schools participated in Mighty Milers, including 763 public schools, 34 of which were charter schools, and 61 private schools. This represents an increase of 43% from the 577 schools that participated at baseline. Of the 824 schools that participated in 2015-2016, 302 were new to the program. Of the 302 new schools, 173 schools (57%) had 50% or more students who qualified for free or reduced lunch.

    • Implementation Date

      July 2018
    • Reporting Date

      August 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Increase the number of students participating in the Mighty Milers program by a minimum of 25% by 2018, an increase of 30,000 students from the current baseline of approximately 120,000 participating students.
    • Progress To Date

      During the 2015-2016 school year, 187,969 youth participated in the Mighty Milers program, a 50% increase in participation over the baseline total of 125,668 youth. Youth logged 5,821,304 miles.

    • Implementation Date

      July 2018
    • Reporting Date

      August 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Disseminate Running Start digital teaching resources to 2,500 schools serving 500,000 children. Promote the resources by attending and presenting at local and national conferences. Host at least 4 annual webinars for school administrators, physical education teachers or Let’s Move Active Schools champions in support of the resources.
    • Progress To Date

      From September 2015-September 2016, New York Road Runners conducted four types of training events that incorporated the Running Start resource, which were delivered in 19 training sessions. A total of 283 people attended at least one of the 19 training sessions. Overall, 209 unique people were trained.

    • Implementation Date

      July 2018
    • Reporting Date

      August 2016
    • Commitment Element

      Promote Let’s Move Active Schools through its website and newsletters.
    • Progress To Date

      The Let's Move! Active Schools logo and a link to its website was on the New York Road Runners' website. No newsletters were submitted.

    • Implementation Date

      July 2018
    • Reporting Date

      August 2016

Partner Statement

“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.”