Youth Kick Off Marathon Week at the Jamboree
With just eight days to go before the TCS New York City Marathon, hundreds of youth ages 2–18 kicked off TCS New York City Marathon week at the Rising New York Road Runners Jamboree Presented by TCS. Saturday's free all-day event, held at the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory, was the start of a week packed with running-related activities.
Energy was high at this first Jamboree since the launch of Rising New York Road Runners, NYRR's new comprehensive fitness program that includes a variety of activities–not just running–to encourage lifetime love of movement.
In addition to teaching kids the fundamentals of track and field, events like the Jamboree help foster a spirit of teamwork and mutual support. Many of the kids made signs to support friends and teammates, and the cheering during the events was at times nearly deafening.
Following the Jamboree’s morning session for kindergarten through fifth graders, preschool kids ages 2-4 took part in fun dashes, followed by the Forever Young Invitational Dash with NYRR Striders, a walking and fitness program for seniors. In the afternoon, middle and high school students took the track for more running, jumping, and throwing.
NYRR President and CEO Michael Capiraso thanked the Armory for hosting the event and gave a special shout-out to Dr. Norbert Sander, the late Armory president, who passed away last March. "He inspired these Jamborees," Capiraso said. NYRR President, Events, and Race Director of the TCS New York City Marathon Peter Ciaccia encouraged parents and coaches to continue to bring their kids to NYRR's free Rising New York Road Runners events and to "listen to your parents and respect your teachers, coaches, and each other."