Knoxville Youth Runs (KYR) is a joint program of the Community Schools Program/Great Schools Partnership and the Knoxville Track Club (KTC) along with the Knox County elementary and middle schools. Program FUNdamentals are derived from the national program, Kids Run the Nation, sponsored by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).
The emphasis of the K-5 and middle school programs is on participation and developing a healthy lifestyle and love for the sport of running.
Knoxville Youth Runs (KYR) meets twice per week after-school for 8 weeks. KTC currently works with schools within the Community Schools Program/Great Schools Partnership including Christenberry Elementary, Norwood Elementary, Beaumont Magnet School, and Northwest Middle School. The program is expected to expand again in Spring 2017.
There is no charge to students or schools who participate in the KYR program. In addition, KTC offers fee waivers for various events including the Youth Greenway Series, Covenant Health Kids Run, Tennessee Sports Medicine Group Farragut 13.1, 5K, and Kids Mile, and Youth Trail Runs. Each participant receives a program t-shirt and students earn medals and prizes during the program for achieving specific goals.
The schools are asked to supply coaches but KTC can also use community volunteers as floating coaches to help oversee program sites. Coaches do not need experience and will work with an experienced coach. All volunteer coaches will undergo a background check. Interested? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the program to continue to be successful, KTC needs funding. Please consider donating any amount to the Knoxville Youth Runs Program and help encourage physical activity and other life lessons for these young people.
KTC is a 501(c)(3) organization. The program is currently funded entirely from KTC dollars and RRCA grant monies. This page has been designed to accept donations in order to provide more amenities and benefits for participants. KTC, Community Schools Staff, parents, and especially the students appreciate and thank you for your support.