A new service to promote youth running and fitness in the US has just been launched by Running USA.
The website features a Youth Running Programs Directory which lists information about youth running programs around the country. It lets you to add your own program and allows you to search for programs by city, state age group or venue.
If you are interested in participating in a youth event, the event calendar lets you search for upcoming running events for youths in all areas.
The resources page contains topics of interest on the benefits of running for youth. The key theme seems to be on the benefits of running and exercise for fighting the rampant obesity crisis in the states. There is also a lot of information provided on running and conducting your own your local kids running event.
Perhaps one of the most exciting benefits for communities is that eight dedicated and experienced “Running Rocks Ambassadors” are profiled on the Youth Program Ambassadors / Mentors page accessed from the Resources section and are available to speak at national, state or school district forums on the proven benefits of low cost running-based fitness programs.
The running rocks website is located here.