ARLINGTON, Virginia- January 9, 2013 – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce the 2012 Kids Run the Nation grant recipients. Twenty-eight programs throughout the US including a program at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan, will receive a total of $21,000 in grants from the RRCA. In addition, another fourteen programs will receive over 3,000 complementary copies of the Kids Run the Nation: A Running Guide for Kids booklets to give out to program participants.
Congratulations to the following grant recipients: Iwakuni Youth Road Runners (Iwakuni, Japan), Reston Runners Youth In Motion (Reston, VA), Springfield School’s Run Fun Afterschool (Springfield, VT), Elmwood School’s Marathon Fitness Challenge (Hopkinton, VA), John H. Glenn Elementary School’s Kids Run the Nation (Pine Hill, NJ), Mansfield Public School’s Tiger Tracks (Mansfield, AR), Lincoln Elementary School’s Lincoln Bear Cub Running Club (Lincoln, AL), Picadome Elementary School’s Kids on Track (Lexington, KY), Hillcrest Elementary School’s Fun Run Club (Lake Wales, FL), Calvin Hunsinger School’s Running Club (Clearwater, FL), Grand Strand Running Club’s Kids Running of Horry County (Myrtle Beach, SC) Run Free Texas (Austin, TX), Garfield Elementary School’s Garfield Track Stars (Olympia, WA), Cortez Elementary School’s Running Club (Las Vegas, NV), Cielo Azul SAFE Program’s Ravens Run for Fun (Rio Rancho, NM), Irving School’s Mile Club (Bozeman, MT), Greenwood Elementary School’s Running Program (Greenwood Village, CO), Fox School’s Fox Trot Running Club (Belmont, CA), Porter Elementary Recess Runners Club (San Diego, CA), Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School’s Running Program (Davis, CA), Campo Bello Elementary School’s Eagles on the Move (Phoenix, AZ), Souther Arizona Roadrunners and the Mayor’s One Hundred Mile Challenge (Tucson, AZ), Joplin Y Kids Run the Nation (Joplin, MO), Lansing School District’s Fairview’s Fast Falcons (Lansing, MI), YMCA Summer Day Camp Marathon Challenge (Omaha, NE), Mary Daly Elementary School’s 5k Run/Walk Club (Elkhart, IN), Jim Falls Elementary School’s Soaring Eagles (Jim Falls, WI), Meadowview Elementary School’s Running Club (Farmington, MN). Detailed descriptions of each program can be found at www.RRCA.org/services/news.
Since 2007, the RRCA has provided over $70,000 in small grants to deserving youth running programs around the country through the Kids Run the Nation Fund. The Kids Run the Nation Fund is designed to provide needed resources to launch and support youth running programs around the country as an opportunity to address the on-going inactivity and obesity crisis facing today’s youth.
“The RRCA is thrilled by the interest in the Kids Run the Nation Grant Fund, as application submissions increased by over 300% compared to last year” explained Jean Knaack, RRCA Executive Director. “We received over 230 applications for programs that are getting over 75,000 children running regularly, and they are all deserving of financial support.”
The Kids Run the Nation program is a gender inclusive, multi-week, turnkey, youth running program designed to meet the physical activity goals outline by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The program can also be modifies to better serve older grades. Through this program, the RRCA’s vision is to help establish locally managed youth running programs in every grade school in America.
Founded in 1958, The Road Runners Club of America is the oldest and largest national association of running clubs, running events, and runners dedicated to promoting running as a competitive sport and as healthy exercise. The mission of the RRCA is to promote the sport of running through the development and growth of running clubs and running events throughout the country. The RRCA supports the common interests of runners of all abilities during all stages of life by providing education and leadership opportunities along with programs and services that benefit all runners. The RRCA strives to provide quality programming that can be replicated throughout the country, such as our highly successful Start a Running Club program has been the cornerstone of our organization for over fifty years. The RRCA is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with the IRS. Learn more at www.RRCA.org. We Run the Nation!