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CityParks TRACK & FIELD

This unique program, held at local park tracks, introduces kids to the building blocks of the sport, from sprinting techniques to long-distance racing, javelin-throwing to long jump, hurdles to race-walking.

For more information on our Track & Field program, contact sports@cityparksfoundation.org.

CITYPARKS WINTER TRACK MEET

Just because the temperatures have dropped outside doesn’t mean NYC  kids can’t stay active inside with Track & Field! CityParks Play, in partnership with New York Road Runners, is hosting our second ever Winter Track Meet at the state of the art Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex in Staten Island on Saturday, March 23, 2024.

This free event is only open to 2023 CityParks Track programs participants or invited youth from the Rising NYRR program. The meet will feature heats in the 55M hurdles, 200M dash, shot put, long jump and more.

Limited free bus transportation will be available at several pick up locations throughout NYC. A separate bus form will be shared approximately one month prior to the event. Due to space limitations, transportation is limited to one participant and one parent/guardian only. 

All participants will receive a T-shirt and completion medals. The NYRR Mobile Unit will also be on-site filled with fun activities and games for students to enjoy while they are not participating in an event.

Register Now: Winter Track Meet

SPRING PROGRAM

April – June
Ages 6 – 17
Weekend Mornings, Free

From sprinting techniques to long-distance racing, javelin-throwing to long jump, hurdles to race-walking, our Track & Field free program offers kids a chance to learn the building blocks of the sport.

 

FALL PROGRAM

September – October
Weekly, Free

From sprinting techniques to long-distance racing, javelin-throwing to long jump, hurdles to race-walking, our Track & Field free program offers kids a chance to learn the building blocks of the sport. Programs for youth run every weekend through the end of October.

JESSE OWENS TRACK & FIELD AT THOMAS JEFFERSON PARK

Ages 6 – 17
Saturdays 10am – 12pm, Free

Each spring and fall free weekly instruction is offered at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem in partnership with the Randall’s Island Park Alliance. Our program introduces novice runners to cross country distance running through runs from East Harlem to Randall’s Island Park. Along the way, participants learn to pace themselves, proper technique, and receive periodic talks on good nutrition and healthy living habits. Beginners are welcome.

2023 LIFE TIME FOUNDATION NYC KIDS RUN

City Parks Foundation is continuing its partnership with the Life Time Foundation in 2023 which will expand opportunities for youth in our track and field program. Students will once again have the opportunity to enroll in a specialized program with a focused long-distance running curriculum and will have the chance to take part in a fun, family, fitness event including a dash through the finish line of the NYC Triathlon on Saturday, September 30. Free bus transportation (at select sites) to the race will be offered to students and their parents, which will be chaperoned by CPF staff. Registration is open to participants 6 – 17, currently enrolled in a CityParks Track and Field program.

Summer Program

Ages 6 – 17
July – August
Twice Weekly, Free

The CityParks Track & Field program provides an introduction to the simple and beautiful sport of track and field and gives New York City kids the chance to learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races to long jump, shot put and javelin throw, while encouraging general fitness and healthy behaviors. A novice track meet for all participants is held at Icahn Stadium at the end of the summer.

Check back for updates as additional sites may be added and schedule changes may occur.

Generous private support for CityParks Track & Field is provided in part by the Thompson Family Foundation, Life Time Foundation, Neuberger Berman Foundation, and The Venable Foundation. Generous public support is provided by the NYC Council under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne Adams, with special thanks to Council Member Darlene Mealy and Council Member Nantasha Williams.

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