Miles and Motivation

“The Mighty Milers program gets my kids motivated for the day," says Richard Reiss, who coaches third to fifth graders at P.S. 197Q in Far Rockaway. "Exercising first thing in the morning gets them focused for their studies, and the benefits build from there. When they do better in school—and run well—they feel better about themselves. NYRR running programs give kids...

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Developing Confidence

Grownup runners often remark that running has transformed their lives. And thanks to NYRR youth programs, our favorite sport is also transforming schoolkids' lives. Vernon Scott, whose son Demian was one of the first to enroll in the Mighty Milers program at P.S. 107 in Brooklyn, has witnessed those positive changes firsthand. Demian was already active in rugby and...

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A Big Job for a Small Runner

Lauren Pittaresi, 12, runs with NYRR's Young Runners at St. John Villa Academy on Staten Island—not far from the start of the ING New York City Marathon. In 2010, she got to accompany the elite athletes to the starting line—a big responsiblity, and a really exciting one. "Being on a Young Runners team has changed my life—and even fulfilled a dream," she enthuses. "My...

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