Youth Run NOLA

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Youth Run NOLA creates and empowers a community of healthy, young leaders through running.

  • The Problem
  • The Plan
  • Our Program
  • Across the Greater New Orleans region, many youth — especially those living in lower-income communities — lack consistent exposure and access to healthy ways of living at home, at school, or in their neighborhood. Gaps in healthy habits throughout youth can result in obesity or other long-term physical and mental health problems. Many young people could also benefit deeply from healthy relationships with a supportive peer network and positive role models.


    of Louisiana youth ages 6-17 participate in regular vigorous physical activity.


    of children ages 10-17 living in Louisiana are obese.


    of Louisiana high school students have attempted suicide.

  • By partnering with schools and community sites, we believe we can help youth develop healthy habits for life through distance running. The individual act of putting one foot in front of the other instills the importance of endurance, focus, and committing to a goal. By participating with Youth Run NOLA year after year, our youth become addicted to this sense of accomplishment felt at each finish line and the love of their supportive teammates. Running becomes a metaphor for achieving goals. We believe the next generation should truly run this city.

  • Youth Run NOLA is a locally grown non-profit organization that supports 10-18 year olds across St. Bernard, Orleans, and Jefferson Parishes. Guided by teacher-coaches at school and community-site chapters and volunteer running buddies at monthly races, our youth — many with little or no prior experience running — develop a commitment to healthy choices. Each week at practices, youth train alongside their coaches through a rigorous curriculum of sprint and distance workouts, nutrition and physiology education, and team-building.

    In the process, our participants develop the endurance required on a running route and in life, a strong belief in themselves and others, and an expanded sense of all that is possible. All the while having an epic amount of fun.



Founded in 2010 as an after-school club in St. Bernard Parish, Youth Run NOLA benefited from a wealth of generosity and guidance as a project of the Young Leadership Council. Since its founding, the organization has served more than 600 students at 22 school sites, run more than 20,000 miles, and logged more than 25,000 volunteer hours. We create and empower a community of healthy, young leaders through running, with an intensive eight-month guided training program of twice weekly practices and monthly events overseen by teacher-coaches and volunteer running buddies. Our program combats the obstacles facing our youth - many of whom cope with unsafe, unhealthy, and unsupportive circumstances - with positive, structured after-school engagement.

Our Values

  • Inspire positive, healthy choices

    We believe that a healthy lifestyle is a path we can choose every day, not a destiny we're dealt.

  • Find Fun And Joy

    We are enthusiastic and hopeful.

  • Believe in Each other

    We are champions for ourselves and our community.

  • Foster Endurance

    We set goals and are committed to achieving them.

Meet the Youth Run NOLA Team

Our committed team of board members, staff, and advisors guide us through every turn and straightaway.

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A tax-deductible donation to Youth Run NOLA helps us keep running. It's a great way to support community and health in New Orleans.

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Keep students motivated on race day by running alongside them. You'll find a friend and they'll find the support they need to reach their goals.


Be a part of the magic when youth check-in for another 10k race to beat their best time.


Support a head coach two days a week at one of our twenty five school or community sites. Build relationships that will last a lifetime.


Work with our staff to make race day a smooth success by helping us check our runners in, cheer them on, or pass out water!

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Our Partners

Our work wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our partner organizations.