On July 8, 2,500 runners will descend upon Central Park for the New York Road Runners’ (NYRR) 1 for You 1 for Youth 4-Mile race. Race participants all receive a new pair of New Balance running shoes purchased by NYRR. In turn, 2,500 participants in NYRR’s free youth running programs will also receive a free pair of running shoes.
It’s all part of NYRR and New Balance’s 1 for You 1 for Youth program, which launched in January. Created to provide young runners with new and high-quality running shoes, the purchase of each pair of shoes at the NYRR RUNCENTER—featuring the NB Run Hub—means New Balance will donate a pair of running shoes to NYRR’s youth programs. In turn, New York Road Runners distributes the running shoes to participants in their free youth running programs.
“We’re so excited about this race and the impact it will have on inspiring the next generation of runners, which is an important part of New York Road Runners’ commitment to inspire people of all ages and abilities through running,” said Michael Capiraso, president and CEO of New York Road Runners, in a press release. “Beyond encouraging and educating kids on the benefits of running, it is great to ensure that they are provided with running sneakers to make their running experience better. We are so fortunate to have a partner in New Balance that shares our passion to encourage the next generation of runners, and their year-round support makes this great program possible.”
Roughly 300 youth runners take part in the Kids’ Races at the NYRR 1 for You 1 for Youth 4M, which is the third set of kids’ runs in a series of six happening at NYRR events throughout the summer. On Friday before the race, Olympian and Team New Balance Athlete Kim Conley will be joining the group of students taking part in the race, and will welcome the group, help distribute shoes and join them on a run in the park to kick off the weekend of racing.