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Running For Youth Program

RFYlogoThe SYTA Youth Foundation Run Team uses long distance running/walking as a symbol of endurance and hope. The goal is simple - to raise money for youth to travel with their schools or youth organizations. Participants on the Run Team fundraise on behalf of the SYTA Youth Foundation, train and participate in a marathon, half marathon or relay and run in honor of a student who has been chosen to receive a Road Scholarship. In exchange for participation, Run Team members receive roundtrip airfare, lodging, and entry into the selected Marathons. Since the program's inception in 2009, the team has collectively raised over $200,000. Participants fundraise, train, and participate in honor of a student who has been awarded ar Road Scholarship.

Our 2014 Running for Youth teams are willing to go the extra mile! are you?

Register & Support our 2014 Running for Youth Teams Today!

Virginia Festival Half Marathon/5K on November 9, 2014. To download a brochure, click here.

19th Annual Long Branch New Jersey Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K on April 26, 2015. To download the flyer, click here.

Thank you to the Apple Chase 5K/10K which took place on March 30, 2014! The SYTA Youth Foundation was selected as one of the race's charities -  a portion of all proceeds raised supports our programs by making student & youth travel a reality for deserving students in need!

Thank you to the Running for Youth Event Hosts:

  • Disney Youth Programs
  • Disney Sports
  • Planet Hollywood
  • Universal Studios
  • Ocean Place Resort
  • Virginia Beach
  • Norfolk
  • Wyndham Virginia Beach

A Personal Invitation from SYF Running For Youth Team Leaders

We enthusiastically invite you to join the Running For Youth Marathon/Half-Marathon/5K Team! Ok, so you might not be a runner, that's ok..., we'll help you get there! The SYTA Youth Foundation is looking for motivated individuals to challenge themselves, run with us, and raise money for the SYTA Youth Foundation programs.

Our goal is for the Running For Youth Run Team to once again more than double from our previous year, bringing us to an anticipated 40 runners in our 5th year! Together, this Team will raise more than $200,000 for kids that need help. We will be running with you and we will help you with your training and fundraising from now until race day. We know we can help you get into great shape and we also know you'll have a lot of fun along the way! Please run with us and raise money for the SYTA Youth Foundation!

Please sign up up today so you can get started on your training and fundraising. All information is available below and if you have any questions, please contact us right away. We are all here for YOU!

For training questions: please contact Ellen Lurz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Kirk Troen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Between us, we've run more than 30 marathons, so we have the experience to get you to the finish line!

Go Team!!!
Kirk & Ellen