Road Runners Club of America

We Run the Nation: Growing the Sport of Running Since 1958

Resources for Program Leaders

FUNdamentals of Youth Running

The RRCA promotes guidelines to assist parents, teachers, and coaches working with youth runners. First and foremost, running should be fun, and youth should participate in age-appropriate events.

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Recruiting Staff and Volunteers

Youth running programs would not exist without the dedication of teachers, parents, ​and volunteers​. The RRCA encourages criminal background checks for anyone working with minors.

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Tracking Participation

Keeping track of program participants should not be a burden. From managing rosters to tracking goals, mileage, and incentives, the process should be simple and effective.

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Program Incentives

Offer incentives for reaching milestones. From Kids Run the Nation backpack tags to tokens, t-shirts, and ​more, kids are motivated by progress that is rewarded with small mementos.

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Hosting Youth Running Events

Running in a ​youth race or kids fun run can be a great experience and might be one of your program's running goals for the group. Learn more about RRCA resources for hosting youth events.

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Fundraising and Grant Writing

Kids Run the Nation programs are funded in a variety of ways, from registration fees to donations and everything in between. ​Learn more about a variety of ways to fund your program.

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Templates, Worksheets & Activities

​Download sample waivers in both English and Spanish along with additional printable documents to be used in administering your Kids Run the Nation program.

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Recommended Websites & Publications

​We are happy to recommend ​additional websites, books, and ​publications to assist you in making your program a success.

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