Running USA gives one $10,000 youth program award per year at our annual Running USA Industry Conference. This award is presented to help youth programs advance their mission and create even more successes within their respective communities.

2019 Goals

  1. Advocate the benefits of youth running
  2. Collaborate to combat obesity
  3. Support family and youth running programs

Past recipients of the award:

  • 2020 Cowtown CALF program
  • 2019 Kids Run the OC
  • 2018 HMF FitKids
  • 2017 Race SLO / Grizzly Youth Academy
  • 2016 P3R / Kids of Steel
  • 2015 Sports Backers / Kids Run RVA & Big Sur Marathon / Just Run
  • 2014 Kokopelli Kids Trail Running Series & We Run This City
  • 2013 AJC Peachtree Jr, GO! St. Louis / Read, Right & Run Marathon & Rod Dixon / KiDSMARATHON Foundation
  • 2012 Students Run LA, The Cowtown Kids 5K & Kerry Vargo / Kids Run America
  • 2011 Flying Pig Kids' Marathon, Junior Carlsbad & Tim Arem / T-Bone Productions
  • 2010 Medtronic TC Kids Marathon, Operation Smile Final Mile & Dean Karnazes / Karno Kids Foundation
  • 2009 Youth Run 4 Fun / Just Run, Medtronic TC Kids Marathon & Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation
  • 2008 Crim Youth Program & Nike 5K Run for Kids Series
  • 2007 Just Run, New York Road Runners Foundation & Colorado Kids Marathon Milers
  • 2020 Youth Program Award

    Cowtown CALF Program - The Cowtown Marathon, Fort Worth, TX

    2019 Youth Program Award

    Kids Run the OC - The OC Marathon, Orange County, CA

    2018 Youth Program Award

    HMF FitKids - Hartford Marathon Foundation, Hartford, CT

    2017 Youth Program Award

    Grizzly Youth Academy - Race SLO, San Luis Obispo, CA

    2016 Youth Program Award

    Kids of STEEL - P3R, Pittsburgh, PA

    For the 2015 award, Running USA combined the Youth Event of the Year and Program of the Year into one award of $10,000, instead of two separate $5,000 awards

    2015 Youth Running Awards

    Youth Event of the Year: Kids Run RVA - Sports Backers, Richmond, VA

    Youth Program of the Year: Just Run - Big Sur Marathon, Monterey, CA

    2014 Youth Running Awards

    Youth Event of the Year: Kokopelli Kids Trail Running Series, Colorado Springs, CO

    Youth Program of the Year: We Run This City, Cleveland, OH

    2013 Youth Running Awards

    Youth Running Event of the Year: AJC Peachtree Jr., Atlanta, GA

    Program of the Year: GO! St. Louis Read, Right & Run Marathon, St. Louis, MO

    Contributor of the Year: Rod Dixon, KiDSMARATHON Foundation, Los Angeles, CA

    2012 Youth Running Awards

    Program of the Year: Students Run LA, Los Angeles, CA

    Youth Running Event of the Year: The Cowtown Kids 5K, Fort Worth, TX

    Contributor of the Year: Kerry Vargo, Kids Run America, Denver, CO

    2011 Youth Running Awards

    Program of the Year: Flying Pig Kids’ Marathon, Cincinnati, OH

    Youth Running Event of the Year: Junior Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA

    Contributor of the Year: Tim Arem, PhD – T-Bone Productions, Asheville, NC

    2010 Youth Running Awards

    Program of the Year: Medtronic TC Kids Marathon, Minneapolis, MN

    Youth Running Event of the Year: Operation Smile Final Mile, Virginia Beach, VA

    Contributor of the Year: Dean Karnazes - Karno Kids Foundation, San Francisco, CA

    2009 Youth Running Awards

    Program of the Year: Youth Run 4 Fun / JUST RUN San Francisco, CA

    Youth Running Event of the Year: Medtronic TC Kids Marathon, Minneapolis, MN

    Contributor of the Year: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation, GA

    2008 Youth Running Awards

    Program of the Year: Crim Youth Program, Flint, MI

    Contributor of the Year: Nike 5K Run for Kids Series

    2007 Youth Running Awards

    Running USA Youth Programs Contributor of the Year: Mike Dove, Just Run, Monterey County, California, and Susan Love, Just Run

    Youth Runner Program of the Decade: New York Road Runners Foundation

    Youth Runner Best New Program of the Year: Colorado Kids Marathon Milers