New York Kids’ Running Programs, Races, and Camps in Summer 2021

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The sun is out and shining longer everyday, school is about to be out for the summer, and so maybe it’s time to step outside and exercise with some New York kids’ running camps, programs, and races. Running is a great, simple, and an inexpensive way to get in shape with the whole family.

Depending on how experienced your young runners are, these programs, camps, and races are great for those just trying out the sport to those ready to take on running summer camps.

And when those children are ready, you can consider signing them up for community races. Though such events have been limited by the pandemic, some are coming back this summer and are worth checking out.

If running isn’t your family’s thing, checkout these New York hiking trails.

New York Kids’ Running Programs

Rising New York Road Runners

This is a curriculum based program geared towards helping kids exercise and develop physically. They offer not only the events but the education to ensure that parents and kids alike have a premiere experience. Providing the proper resources, no matter the age or skill level of the child, is what they are geared towards.

You can check out this for conditioning programs tailored to different age groups.

NYRR Runcenter

Though in association with the Rising New York Road Runners, this is a fantastic complex to visit in order to run and learn. And the programs they offer are boasted to be completely free. So if you can make your way to just southwest of Columbus Circle it’s absolutely worth a trip.

Achilles Kids

For over 25 years, Achilles Kids has dedicated themselves to offering programs accessible for children with disabilities. They form their training and workouts with this audience in mind. So if you or your child have a disability, this is a great program to checkout.

Summer Camps

Nike Running Camps

Nike offers several New York kids’ running camps throughout the summer and all over the state. Without a doubt, Nike does the best job at sizing up their attendee’s abilities and training them to their limit. Taking place in a variety of stunning locales, your kids won’t want to miss it if they’re serious about the sport.

IMG Academy Track and Field and Cross Country Camp

For ages 12-18, this summer camp does not pale in comparison to Nike but rises to the occasion as a worthy adversary of seriousness and skill. Though IMG gives campers the knowledge and training needed, they also do a significant amount of mental resilience training to make sure kids are at their physical and mental peak.


Many favorite races, like the Bronx Zoo Run for the Wild, have either already happened during the cooler spring or gone completely virtual. But there are still plenty of official New York kids’ running opportunities to pursue.

NYCRuns Brooklyn Ice Cream Social 5k and 10k

On the longer side of races for children, we recommend the 5k for the older, more experienced children. But if they can do it they will easily appreciate it for the ice cream they can get with it! Despite all the fun of an ice cream social, the hosts at Prospect Park are making sure to be safe with several waves of people for maximum social distancing.

NYRR Flushing Meadows Mile

A mile is the perfect distance for a runner just stretching their legs and getting into the sport. New York Road Runners hosts a mile event every month until August, but the next one coming is June 6th, so be sure to sign up soon. For more information on NYRR’s mile series or their other races, please visit

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Super Soccer Stars

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Debate Camp

<p><strong>Public Speaking, Debate and Global Awareness - - coveted skills in a camp-like environment!</strong></p> <p>At Debate Camp, we provide a fun and inspiring space for youth to develop some timelessly-important skills; to hear opposing views and to confidently articulate their ideas well in the company of others.</p> <p>Debate Camp specializes in parliamentary debate, impromptu and prepared public speaking.  We ensure that all program areas are highly interactive and suited to a variety of age groups (grades 5 to 10) and multiple ability levels.</p> <p>• day camp and sleepaway camp options</p> <p>• multi-level instruction</p> <p>• suits all ability levels</p> <p>• teaching ratio 1:8</p> <p>• parliamentary debate rounds on new topics daily</p> <p>• feedback and fun!</p> <p>• all resources provided</p> <p>Debate Camp believes in a well-balanced program where an academic focus is mixed with opportunities for traditional camp games and a fun and inspiring approach to learning. 2024 day camp options for NYC families include 3 x 1 week options in Manhattan / UES location (including our NEW 3 day Model UN camp) and NEW 1 week Overnight Debate Camp options in Maine & Rhode Island (with r/t transportation options from NY Penn Station)  All details on:</p> <p> </p>

Summer Stage Performing Arts Camp at The Riverdale Y

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