Empowering Youth Through Running.
Inspiring healthy choices
Finding fun and joy
Youth Run NOLA creates and empowers a community of healthy, young leaders through running.
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.
We believe that a healthy lifestyle is a path we can choose every day, not a destiny we're dealt.
We are enthusiastic and hopeful.
We are champions for ourselves and our community.
We set goals and are committed to achieving them.
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We would not be the program we are without the hours of love and support and guidance from our volunteer teacher-coaches. Here from a few of our young runners in this special video to honor our coaches who have been with us for at least three seasons. We love ya’ll!
Twice a week in City Park, a group of kids can be seen running in formation. It’s all part of a project aimed at keeping the youth of New Orleans focused on goals, healthy lifestyle and a supportive community.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl serves as the title sponsor for the Crescent City Classic, a popular 10-kilometer road race. The event has a very strong charitable component, Run For It, which has raised over $1,000,000 for area non-profits in the last three years, including Youth Run NOLA.
Youth Run NOLA, an organization dedicated to creating and empowering a community of physically and mentally healthy young leaders through running, has three races planned for October and November in which 300 kids will participate by running throughout the city.
The Greater New Orleans Foundation kicked off its annual GiveNOLA Day at the strike of midnight Tuesday. It’s the second annual GiveNola Day — a 24-hour online giving campaign supporting 571 area nonprofits.
More than 1000 runners, walkers, and dancers gathering on the Reily Foods lot between North Peters and Decatur, Mandeville and Spain, soon after New Orleans’ dawn emerged into blue sky and sunshine.