FAQ

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Our goals are to teach the love of running and to do our part to raise a healthy nation and combat childhood obesity.  Our real passion and mission however, is the help kids learn to OVERCOME challenges they will face in life… DREAM about their true purpose…and SUCCEED with the help from their Team.

You can start by emailing us at info@nationalyouth5k.com.  Let us know you’re interested becoming part of the event series, whether you’re a new or existing event, the name of the existing event (if applicable), and we will follow up with an information packet.  This packet will contain details about how an individual or local host organization can become a NY5K event.

Any new or existing community youth or family 5K and 1mi event can become part of the series.  We want every town, every suburb, every city, every school… to be a National Youth 5K event!

The School Series is a way for schools with 5K or 1mi runs (or those wanting to start a run) to associate with a larger movement and have the event be more impactful for the kids.  We provide free official NY5K race numbers and youth handbooks including our “6 Ingredients to Overcome Adversity”.  We’ll also include your run information on our website and upon request can provide options for you to host a running clinic at the school as well as our “Race Planning 101” Guide.  Email us at info@nationalyouth5k.com and we will send you an info packet.

It will typically close 2 weeks prior to the date of the event

Race day shirts are available as supplies last.  Guarantee your shirt by signing up well in advance

Yes, we offer scholarship entries in all our races and running clinics.  This is typically handled through one of our charitable organizations benefiting from the event.

We strongly recommend going to packet pick up.  Race day pick up tends to be busy and we want the kids to have as positive an experience as possible when attending our events

We recognize the top overall boy and girl in the youth fun run, the top overall boy and girl in the 5K along with boys and girls in the following age groups: 8 and below, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-18.  Sorry adults, no age group winners for you … it’s about the kids.

Joggers are absolutely allowed, these are family events after all.  We just ask that you self-seed yourself in the group as you normally would or simply start toward the rear of the main pack.  Kids in running joggers do not need to be registered.

We are an all-ages event and historically 30-40% of our participants are adults and family members running with the kids… it’s one of life’s true joys if you haven’t done it!  There are always run monitors on bikes and running but those who are not comfortable with their child’s ability to complete a 5K or 1mi run course must sign up a responsible adult to run as a run buddy.

Some events in their first year might not have enough support to organize a 6-week youth running clinic in addition to the race.  The best thing you can do is to contact the local organizer and let them know there is interest and demand for a youth running clinic.

We want each event to truly be a local event.  While we have a message that we want to spread far and wide, each event will ultimately be successful because it involves the local community and has at the helm a determined group of people that believe in what we’re doing.  In order to have the proper impact with the youth local role models are an absolute must.

We do have packages for both partners and sponsors of the entire series.  Email us at info@nationalyouth5k.com to find out more.

All our events are organized to give back to the youth in the community.  Some money naturally goes to the administrative and operational costs of organizing a run series and producing the events… the rest, all the net proceeds, benefits a variety of youth organizations which can be found on our Partners page.

Yes, we can approach your school event like those in our signature series.  If you’re interested in learning more about that and what it includes email us at info@nationalyouth5k.com.