We are so happy to share more about Teens Run DC as our parkrunners of the week. This Saturday they will be volunteering and running for the first time at Roosevelt Island!
Teens Run DC (TRDC) is a local non-profit sports-based youth development organization. Through its youth mentoring and distance running program, TRDC promotes the physical, social, and emotional well-being of DC middle and high school youth. TRDC offers weekday programming at seven partner schools, as well as a community-based program that meets on Saturday mornings. Youth who demonstrate a strong commitment to the program are matched with individual volunteer mentors who help them to envision and work towards the achievement of running and life goals. Teens Run DC also participates in numerous races, community events (like parkrun!), service learning opportunities, and social activities throughout the program year.
TRDC was introduced to parkrun in April of 2016 through Darrell Stanaford (parkrun USA Country Manager). The following month, they participated in their first ever parkrun at Fletcher's Cove. From that point on, Teens Run DC became increasingly involved in parkrun and they are proud to have hosted the inaugural Anacostia parkrun in November 2017! Since November, TRDC has continued to host (and participate in) Anacostia parkrun on a monthly basis. parkrun has provided a great opportunity for TRDC runners to track their progress more regularly; interact with members of other local running communities; and practice taking ownership by serving in a variety of volunteer roles.
While Anacostia has become our home run, we are looking forward to our first visit to Roosevelt Island this weekend - for many TRDC students, this will be their first ever trail run!
For more information on Teens Run DC, visit www.teensrundc.org. We also welcome you to join us for our 3rd annual Mentoring Matters 5K on Saturday, May 12 in Anacostia Park!