Youth Run NOLA creates and empowers a community of health young leaders through running.
Founded by teachers in November 2010, the organization began as a grassroots running club in St. Bernard Parish. Programming has expanded from three partner schools in 2010-2011 to its current 30 partner schools, and the model of teachers running with their own students has maintained. We host after-school practices with volunteer teacher-coaches. Twice a week, teacher-coaches and volunteer running buddies host practices featuring workouts and wellness trainings at our partner schools. Once a month, youth gather for a weekend race of 5k, 10k, or half marathon distances hosted by a community partner. During the winter months, an especially committed group of young runners and their adult mentor-buddies train at six regional parks for the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon.
Through practices, races and the program curriculum, youth develop habits around making positive, healthy choices and building healthy relationships, finding joy and fun in the world, believing in themselves and others, and enduring through challenge. Since its founding in 2010, YRNOLA has been a free opportunity for all young runners.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Crescent City Classic is the culminating race following a year of training and teambuilding.
Thank you for helping get our young runners across the finish line!