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Kids Run the Nation Program

The goal of the RRCA's Kids Run the Nation program is to help establish locally managed youth running programs in every ​school and community across the U.S. ​Learn more about our participation-based, turnkey curriculum and grant fund today!


The RRCA launched its youth running curriculum in 1986 in response to the growing concern for children’s health in the United States. Over the next t​hree decades, the RRCA has circulated thousands of copies of printed curriculum materials​ and helped establish youth running programs in schools and communities nationwide.

The Kids Run the Nation program (KRN) is a gender inclusive, multi-week, turnkey youth running program designed to meet the physical activity goals outlined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. The curriculum can be modified to better serve older grades.

Is the Kids Run the Nation Program Right for Me?

The Kids Run the Nation ​program is offered to schools, before- and after-school programs, community centers, homeless shelters, nonprofits, and other organizations that serve youth and are interested in establishing a youth running program. 

If you are committed to getting kids interested in the sport of running as part of a healthy lifestyle, the Kids Run the Nation program ​is right for you.

Where do I start?

First, review the information in the Kids Run the Nation Program Curriculum section. Explore the Resources for Program Directors section. Next, order printed copies of the program guide or download a PDF copy for review. Purchase incentives for your program. Then, learn more about the Kids Run the Nation Grant Fund and other opportunities to fund your youth running program including hosting a fun run or youth event.

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