Get your kids moving with Mighty Milers!

This free program gets kids moving, builds their self-esteem, and helps them reach personal goals through fun running.

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Since 2004, NYRR Mighty Milers has helped hundreds of thousands of kids run millions of miles

Children in Mighty Milers set mileage goals and earn loads of rewards along the way. The program is flexible and easy to implement so you can tailor it to your unique needs and environment. You can do Mighty Milers before, after, or even during the school day, as part of P.E., recess, or a quick classroom break. It's ideal for pre-K through 8th grade and great for kids of all fitness levels and abilities.

We also provide people and resources to assist with logistical, training, and motivational support so your staff or adult volunteers can run the program at any school or community center - and it's all free.



Children become more comfortable engaging in physical activity.


Kids value fitness and are more focused and well-behaved in the classroom.


Kids are more excited to go to school and more physically active at home.

What are the rewards?

  • Marathon Medals

    Kids and staff earn medals for reaching 26.2 miles and more.

  • Incentives

    A variety of rewards for reaching running milestones keeps enthusiasm high.

  • Miles for Books

    In March, we celebrate Read Across America when miles turn into new books for your site.

  • $250 in Site Rewards

    Participation turns into credit to spend on sports equipment, school supplies, or snacks.

  • Sneaker Closet

    Students can be nominated to receive a new pair of sneakers so they can keep running.

  • Marathon Entries

    Each site can earn two entries to the TCS New York City Marathon.

Make Mighty Milers Yours!

Fitness Fundays

Pick a day of the week, give it a catchy name and get your class, a grade, or the whole school running.

Marathon Mania

Run every day for a month or longer so that each child reaches 26.2 miles and gets a coveted marathon medal.

Running Club

Create a schedule where kids run at least twice a week for an easy, turnkey running program with lots of rewards.

How Does It Work?

  • 1. Apply

    Apply online to start a Mighty Milers program.

  • 2. Start-Up Kit

    After acceptance, you will receive a start-up kit.

  • 3. Run

    Plan your course and run! (We can help make the best use of limited space too).

  • 4. Log Laps

    Our online portal, STRIDES, makes it easy for you to log your kids' laps.

  • 5. Get Rewards

    Every other week we ship all the rewards your students and staff have earned.

“Mighty Milers is exciting, fun, and very rewarding. You will teach kids that running is something they can do anytime, anywhere. They learn that running makes them feel great about themselves and if they can accomplish running one mile, they can accomplish anything.”

- Mary Vines, P.S. 107, Brooklyn, NY