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.


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

Past recipients of the award:

2022 Award on hiatus

2021 Conference cancelled due to pandemic

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