Two Fun and Feel-Good Ways to Give Back to the Running Community

Two Fun and Feel-Good Ways to Give Back to the Running Community

‘Tis the season to give back, and this year, New York Road Runners has two new ways to help you share your love for running with the community around you. By taking part in these initiatives, you’ll help grow and strengthen free fitness programs like Rising New York Road Runners, NYRR Open Run, NYRR Striders, and NYRR Run for the Future.


Join us for five weekly running challenges that will help you stay active throughout the holiday season while supporting the next generation of runners. Here’s how it works:

1. Watch NYRR’s social media channels. Each Tuesday from November 28 to December 26, we’ll announce a new #Run5Give5 challenge on Instagram and Facebook.
2. Go for a run that’s in line with each challenge. Complete one or tackle them all. Run solo, gather a few friends, or rally your whole running club. Tag your photos with #Run5Give5 to celebrate your accomplishment and help spread the word about this fun new way to give back.
3. Visit to make a donation that matches your mileage. Your support will help us provide free community running and walking programs across New York City and free youth programs in NYC and nationwide.
4. Challenge a friend to complete this week’s run by tagging them on social media using #Run5Give5.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 and share the joy of running all season long!


1 for You, 1 for Youth

Need new running shoes for yourself or somebody on your holiday gift list? Stop by the NYRR RUNCENTER, home to the 1 for You 1 for Youth program. For each pair of shoes purchased at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub, New Balance will donate a pair of shoes to a participant in NYRR’s youth programs.*

How Your Donations Are Making a Difference

It’s NYRR’s mission to help and inspire people through running—and your support helps us do exactly that. Here are just a few examples of how runners of all ages and abilities have been impacted by our free programming in 2017.

“Kids who may not normally see themselves as athletes, if they really put the work in from sixth grade, by the time they’re in eighth grade, they definitely see the benefits. They just have much more confidence as people—not just in the gym, but academically as well.”
—Mike SantaMaria, physical education teacher at IS 237 in Queens

“When the students are running, they’re smiling, they’re happy, they’re excited about their accomplishments. They look forward to coming. I love how the children feel when they receive their incentives along the way. They try so hard, they work diligently at their running experiences, and they go home and show their families how they have done in school.”
Dinah McCann, adaptive physical education teacher at PS 201 in Queens

“You guys have been so great to us to give FREE SNEAKERS! All I can say is thank you
so much! Run for life! I hope you can make more kids happy just like I am!"
—Emmanuella, Rising New York Road Runners participant

“Thank you for teaching me that my health is important and that exercise is important for my health.”  
—Matt C., Rising New York Road Runners participant

“The program taught me a lot about the kind of person I wanted to be—strong, confident, and able to push through the most difficult of tasks.”
—Lexi Panisse, NYRR Run for the Future alumna and 2017 TCS New York City Marathon finisher

“I had no running experience, but I was always interested in becoming a distance runner, and Run for the Future helped build the foundation I needed to do that.”
—Patricia Lorquet, NYRR Run for the Future alumna and 2017 TCS New York City Marathon finisher

Related: How an NYRR Program Is Propelling Young Women to the Starting Line of the TCS New York City Marathon

“Being able to encourage people to come out and join NYRR Open Run makes me feel good. As a registered nurse, my mission is to help people age well and help to prevent chronic illnesses like diabetes and hypertension. I believe fitness can delay these problems.”
—Alnisa Shabazz, Run Director, NYRR Open Run Crotona Park

“I love inspiring people, helping someone run their first mile or race, or seeing them run their first marathon. Those are some of the best moments in life, and they can’t be taken away.”
—Monique Thomas, Run Director, NYRR Open Run Crotona Park


“I love Striders because we are a family, and we attend everything together. Joining Striders has helped me maintain my health and has reduced some of the arthritis pain that I was dealing with."
—Isabel Colone, NYRR Striders, Parkchester

“This program has strengthened me. I never knew that I could walk this much until I started attending. I know it has been beneficial to my health because when I go to my doctors’ appointments, they call the head doctor and say that Ms. Allyson is really a modern citizen of health, and it makes my day to hear that.”
—Brigid Allyson, NYRR Striders, Parkchester

Related: Six NYRR Striders on How Walking Is Changing Their Way of Life

*1 FOR YOU 1 FOR YOUTH DISCLOSURE: For every pair of athletic shoes sold to a customer at the NYRR RUNCENTER featuring the NB Run Hub in New York City, New Balance shall donate a pair of new athletic shoes to New York Road Runners, a 501(c)(3) public charity, for the benefit of a New York Road Runners supported youth program, up to a maximum value of $500,000 based on New Balance’s then current wholesale pricing. This Promotion shall run from December 12, 2016 to December 31, 2017. For more information about New York Road Runners visit

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