Empowering all kids to be active for life

Give it up for our NYC Kids Run Finishers!!

Huge CONGRATS to all Finishers in the inaugural Life Time Foundation New York City Kids Run held in 2022! Through our partnership with the City Parks Foundation, underserved youth in NYC train for and complete their very own race – a one-mile run in Central Park held a day before the NYC Tri produced by Life Time.

We are so proud of these young athletes on their accomplishment and are excited to welcome the next group of kids to complete the program again in 2023!

A free program for children living in underserved communities, kids will train for a one-mile run in Central Park and cross the same finish line as NYC Tri participants on Saturday, September 30th, just a day ahead of the iconic New York City Triathlon produced by Life Time.

To inspire New York City kids to get outdoors this summer and benefit from exercise and healthier eating, City Parks Foundation and Life Time Foundation have partnered to introduce the Life Time Foundation New York City Kids Run – a running and nutrition program for children between the ages of 9-17.

Comprehensive training and nutrition curriculum composed by US Track and Field Olympian, US Olympic Coach and Life Time Foundation Board Member, Mechelle Lewis Freeman, is implemented over 4 weeks by coaches of the City Parks Foundation Track & Field youth program, culminating with the one-mile run in Central Park on September 30th.

Designed for implementation by a school or community organization, the progressive running program also provides foundational knowledge necessary for an adult leader to facilitate an effective training experience for kids in their community.

Event Details

One-Mile Kids Run | Saturday, September 30

Start Time: 8:00 AM ET

Location: Central Park
Start – Central Park South at 7th Avenue
Finish – Center Drive at 72nd St. Transverse (near Naumburg Bandshell)
The same Finish as the NYC Tri the next day!

View the course map below.

*Event details subject to change.


Volunteers and spectators are highly encouraged to attend and support these kids as they take their own bite of the Big Apple! Sign up to volunteer.

All Participants Will Receive A T-Shirt and Finisher Medal!

2023 designs coming soon.

Course Map

Click image to enlarge. Subject to change.

About Life Time Foundation

Life Time Foundation focuses on sustainable, impactful change in two main areas: nutrition and movement. We collaborate with school food leaders to help them serve wholesome, nourishing, minimally processed food in schools and with community organizations nationwide to get kids moving. Since Life Time covers all of our operational costs, every cent of every dollar contributed by you directly supports programs and grantmaking.

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