Students Run Philly Style just kicked off their 9th season with more than 900 students as part of the program. Since 2004, they have served over 2500 students, ages 12-18 from neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.
Students Run began as a mentoring program of the National Nursing Centers Consortium fighting childhood obesity through running. With the help of over 200 adult mentors known as “Running Leaders,” students connect with adults who help them accomplish goals beyond their dreams, including the completion of a marathon.
The running leaders train side-by-side with their students three days a week from March to November, completing eight races. Currently, Students Run Philly Style is the only program in Philadelphia that offers marathon training to help youth succeed in both running and their daily lives.
Both the student runners and mentors in the Students Run Philly Style program adopt three values to follow—be healthy for life, make safe choices, and do well in school. These values encourage members to fight childhood obesity, spend time after school in a safe environment, and accomplish their goals both in running and school.