Let Me Run is a nonprofit wellness program that inspires boys to be themselves, be active, and belong. With a comprehensive curriculum that applies the power of running, the program encourages boys to develop their psychological, emotional and social health, in addition to their physical health.
Twice a week for seven weeks, two trained volunteer coaches lead an elementary or middle school team through practice. Designed to amplify confidence, self-expression, and respect for others, each practice includes a lesson from the Let Me Run curriculum that incorporates running, games and activities. Each fall and spring season culminates in a 5k race festival that celebrates the boys’ personal growth.
Let Me Run coaches guide the boys through lessons about wellness and well being, like respect, positive competition, and nutrition. Our lesson plans, including “Real Men Show their Feelings, Everyday Heroes, and Getting to Know You,” prepare boys for the long run by encouraging full expression of their individual feelings. Plus, the coaches instruct boys on proper running form and correct stretching techniques.
According to a 2016 independent evaluation by the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Let Me Run significantly improves boys’ attitudes and behaviors associated with healthy masculinity, increases vigorous physical activity levels, improves social competence, and reduces screen time on school days. The two-season evaluation also showed substantial improvements in Let Me Run participants’ ability to express emotions, show affection, build friendships and connect with others.
As a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization based in Charlotte, North Carolina, we’re proud to be growing at an exponential rate as boys around the United States crave a program based on encouragement, empowerment, and fulfillment.
are courageous enough
to be themselves.
push themselves to be fit in body,
mind, and spirit.
are loyal friends who
encourage and support others.
trust that teamwork, unity, respect,
and perseverance open doors
are honest with themselves
responsibly choose what is right,
never settling for what is easy.
Let Me Run has Elementary teams, which begin with boys in 4th grade, and Middle School teams, which end with boys in 8th grade. Plus, two trained Let Me Run coaches lead each team.
Each team has six to fourteen boys with two trained coaches. We keep the teams small because with too many members, full participation in the curriculum may be difficult for each boy.
Each Let Me Run team meets two nonconsecutive days a week for one hour and fifteen minutes. All practices start with a unity lap, followed by stretches, running and activities. Then, each practice ends with the mantra — Let me be me. Let me reach out. Let me run.
We currently have two seasons of Let Me Run each year, in the Fall and Spring. Fall Season begins in September or October, runs twice a week for seven weeks, and ends in November or December with the 5k. Spring Season typically begins in March or April, runs twice a week for seven weeks, and ends in late May or early June with the 5k. (One week off for spring break is factored into this schedule.)
Let Me Run Boys are courageous enough to be themselves.
Let Me Run Boys push themselves to be fit in body, mind and spirit.
Let Me Run Boys are loyal friends who encourage and support others.
Let Me Run Boys trust that teamwork, unity, respect and perseverance open doors to greatness.
Let Me Run Boys are honest with themselves and others.
Let Me Run Boys responsibly choose what is right, never settling for what is easy.