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The Mission of We Run This City Youth Marathon Program is to encourage healthy habits and exercise in Cleveland’s young people. With our running programs, we strive to teach young people to set and achieve goals, increasing their self-confidence as well as their fitness and endurance. Crossing the finish line is just the beginning!
We Run This City Youth Marathon Program is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, The Cleveland Department of Public Health and Case Western Reserve University Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.
WRTC is a 12-16 week program. Individual teams are formed at schools. The teams are led by teachers or volunteer coaches and assisted by YMCA coaches. The teachers/coaches are responsible for scheduling practices, submitting all paperwork and ensuring that their teams attend pre-race events (kickoff, conditioning clinic and practice races- 10k teams only).
WRTC offers the students a training schedule (which includes a nutrition component) that allows them to cover the distances necessary to be prepared to run in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. A WRTC student does not have to be an athlete to participate in this program. Our goal for each student is completion rather than competition.
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