Rising New York Road Runners FAQ

General Information

What is the name of the new program?
Rising New York Road Runners

Is the program still free?
Yes. Rising New York Road Runners is free. NYRR continues to support you and your staff and to provide youth with free incentives to celebrate key milestones. Our resources, online curriculum, and database are free.

Why did New York Road Runners change its youth programs?
Helping young people grow into strong, confident runners is a central part of NYRR’s mission. As demand for our many youth offerings continued to rise, it was time to up our game and launch a single, comprehensive program that could reach more kids more effectively. Based on new advances in physical literacy research and long-term athlete development (LTAD), Rising New York Road Runners introduces an updated, research-based curriculum, customizable digital tools and resources, fee-free registration for events in the New York City area, and a new logo and design for program materials. Our new digital tools make it easier for schools nationwide to implement the free Rising New York Road Runners program and tailor it to their needs. 

Do I still receive support from an NYRR regional or field coordinator?
Yes. Your coordinator will support you and your staff.

Can the program be used in Adaptive Physical Education (APE) classes?
Yes. Our online activity database makes it easy to tailor lesson plans for students of all ages and abilities.

Are sites in the NYC area still invited to NYRR events?
Yes. NYC-area sites that meet eligibility criteria are still invited to events.

How are Youth Running Ambassadors affected by the new program?
The Youth Running Ambassadors program is open to Rising New York Road Runners participants under the new Rising New York Road Runners name.

Can I implement Rising New York Road Runners at the time of day that best suits me and my school or organization?
Yes. You may schedule Rising New York Road Runners whenever is convenient for you and your staff.


How/when do I apply?
The application is open. Visit strides.nyrr.org to apply.

If my school participated in Mighty Milers, Young Runners, DTFS, or DXCS, am I automatically enrolled in the new program?
No. In the first year, all sites must apply in STRIDES. 



What is physical literacy?
Physical literacy is the ability, confidence, and desire to be physically active for life.

What is long-term athlete development (LTAD)?
LTAD is a lifelong journey that begins in early childhood and continues through all phases of adulthood. It is a training, competition, and recovery pathway that guides an individual’s experience in sport and physical activity.

What exactly do Rising New York Road Runners participants do?
Elementary aged students focus on game-based activities that help to develop their fundamental movement skills. As students move into middle and high school, they use these fundamental skills to engage in more structured running practices, with activities as a complement to continue to build overall athletic skills. Our customizable lesson plan builder helps you plan appropriately.

Program Structure/Operating the Program

Have all NYRR youth programs changed?
No. NYRR Run for the Future, NYRR High School Cross Country Training Series, and NYRR Youth Wheelchair Training Program are continuing under those names with the same program operations. Mighty Milers, Young Runners, Developmental Track & Field Series (DTFS), and Developmental Cross Country Series (DXCS) are no longer offered at schools and community centers. Sites that participated in these programs should sign up for Rising New York Road Runners.

Are there any parts of the former Mighty Milers, Young Runners, DTFS, and DXCS programs that are staying the same in Rising New York Road Runners?
Yes. Rising New York Road Runners provides free ongoing training and support, tools and resources, an online database to track activities, and free rewards and incentives to sites and students. And our continued no-fee policy for youth running events in New York City means continued opportunities for your students to participate in fun events throughout the year.

How does Rising New York Road Runners change our site participation?
For Young Runners and Mighty Milers sites, our new digital tools and resources make it easier for you to implement Rising New York Road Runners and tailor it to your needs. You have access to an online database with hundreds of activities and lesson plans for any age and ability, and to training videos, webinars, and a simplified STRIDES 3.0 to track student activities. DTFS and DXCS are incorporated into Rising New York Road Runners events and activities, and sites have access to all the tools and resources of Rising New York Road Runners. Participants and sites are eligible for the free incentives and rewards along with event invitations. Events that resemble DTFS and DXCS are part of the Rising New York Road Runners event offerings available to all sites.

Am I still able to log laps for students?
No. We track minutes and effort, and the information is converted to miles.

Are there any other changes planned for the future?
Yes. In 2018, Rising New York Road Runners will expand beyond schools and community centers and will open to families.


How has STRIDES changed?
A new version of STRIDES is used to track student activity. It provides simplified data entry and tracks time spent on activities rather than miles.

Can I access my old STRIDES account?
No. However, you can access reports that contain old data, including the 2016-17 school year roster.

Were my students' names from the 2016-17 school year saved?
You can download your 2016-17 school year roster in STRIDES. You will need to make some updates to your roster before enrolling in the 2017-18 program.

Can teachers and support staff log their own miles in STRIDES?
No. Activity tracking in STRIDES is for students in pre-K through grade 12 only.


How do I determine the most appropriate event for my child?
Our youth events are organized by level, or stage. Refer to the stages chart on each youth event page to determine the appropriate stage for your child. Please note that not all stages are offered at all events.

Why are the youth events organized by stage?
Our youth events are organized by stage 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, which provides the best experience, so they want to continue to be active.

Is my child locked into the stage they register for at their first event?
No, you have flexibility to register for a different stage at a subsequent event. You can also choose to switch stages on event day, but your child may only participate in one stage at any given event.

What will my child do at the youth event?
Most youth events include a mix of running and fun fitness activities. Check individual event pages close to the event date for a list of the activities.

What if my child just wants to run?
Our youth events include fitness activities to give kids exposure to physical activity and athletic development outside of running. We encourage kids to participate in all the activities, but if they want to just run, that’s fine. Please note, though, that some activities occur in the start corrals.

What’s the cost of the youth events?
All of our youth events are free.

More Information

I live outside the United States—can I apply for Rising New York Road Runners?
Currently, only sites and schools based in the U.S. can join Rising New York Road Runners. We continue to evolve the program and are exploring different virtual enhancements to make it accessible internationally. In the meantime, we offer online resources in English, including videos targeted to teachers and coaches on how to appropriately teach running form and pacing at various levels. A series of lesson plans is also available focusing on the fundamental movement skills kids need to learn. Additionally you can find training plans for preparing for cross country and track and field. More plans are in development. 
Can NYRR help me put on a youth running event?
Our online resources include guides on how to put on a variety of youth events including a cross country run, fun run, track and field meet, fitness fest, and fitness fundraiser. 
My school is on a U.S. military base outside of the U.S. Can I apply for Rising New York Road Runners?
Yes, if the school has an APO address, you are eligible to apply for Rising New York Road Runners and receive all the benefits of our national sites.
I'd like to start running with my child. How can I join Rising New York Road Runners?
NYRR provides free youth events in New York City throughout the year; view the list. You can run or walk with your child at a free NYRR Open Run, held weekly in 13 locations across all five boroughs of NYC. NYRR also offers family running classes out of the NYRR RUNCENTER; check out the calendar. Visit the USA Track & Field website for a list of local track clubs across the country. A "Y" in the Ages column indicates that the club welcomes youth participants.

Who do I contact if I have other questions?
Please contact us at risingnyrr@nyrr.org with any other questions.