Running Together, Apart
Youth Run NOLA was founded by a group of middle and high-school teachers in 2010 as an after-school club as a response to students needing and asking for more structured, supportive after-school programs. They have since expanded into 35 schools and 6 parks across St. Bernard, Jefferson, and Orleans through their supportive relationships with coaches and volunteers. Their 8 month training program offers a youth program centered around long-distance running to build healthy habits and achieve goals. The Youth Run family comes together for monthly races up to a half marathon, all of which have been suspended.
“Beginning the third week of March, all of our programming became virtual, including our participation in our season end Crescent City Classic 10k. Our inability to do any of our programming in person has challenged the closeness of our relationships and the positive accountability of training for and completing distance races together. Yet, we have been overwhelmed by our community’s capacity for sustaining connection through video conferencing, social media, and our shared ability to get outside for socially distanced walks and runs. Now more than ever, heading out for a walk or run is a reminder of the beauty of our city, the importance of our personal and collective health, and the power of community.
We warm up together on Zoom, we go out for solo miles, and we come back together (online) to celebrate. Throughout May, we've got a collective goal to run 2,020 miles, and we’re over 80% of the way there (join us!). As a community we’re proving that we are all still running this city together, even if physically apart.”
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