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Catalogue for Philanthropy: One of the Best 2014-15
Combined Federal Campaign#58508
DC One Fund#8552

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Teens Run DC promotes the physical, social, and emotional wellbeing of underserved youth through a mentoring and distance running program. Youth in the program participate in running and life skills trainings each week, receive the support of an individual mentor and an embracing community, and engage in races, community events, and service learning opportunities. Through the program, middle and high school youth of all abilities and backgrounds envision and work towards their running and life goals.


Teens Run DC is accepting applications for students and volunteers for the 2014-15 season.  If you have participated in either capacity, we will still require that you submit a new application form.

  • Upcoming Events

    9:00 am No Practice
    No Practice
    Nov 29 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    Thanksgiving holiday! No practice! Enjoy!
    9:00 am No Practice
    No Practice
    Dec 6 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    No practice this weekend due to “Jingle All The Way 5K” on Sunday!
    8:15 am Jingle All The Way 5K @ Meet in front of the National Theatre at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004 (near Freedom Plaza)
    Jingle All The Way 5K @ Meet in front of the National Theatre at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004 (near Freedom Plaza)
    Dec 7 @ 8:15 am – 11:00 am
    Join us for the Jingle All The Way 5K on Sun., Dec. 7! Please sign up to run with TRDC here! We will meet at 8:15 am in front of the National Theatre at 1321 Pennsylvania Ave[...]
    9:00 am Practice @ Judiciary Square
    Practice @ Judiciary Square
    Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
    Come out and join us for our Saturday Community Walk/Run Practice from 9-11 am! We meet at 9 am near the Judiciary Square Metro Entrance in front of the National Building Museum (401 F Street NW, Washington,[...]

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    Teens Run DC is selected for the 2014/15 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington as one of the region's best community-based charities. This award reflects Teens Run DC's  status as a... MORE

    my story

    Michael Martinez, Lead Mentor Michael began volunteering with Teens Run DC in the fall of 2010, early in the program’s inception. He stumbled across the website while looking for a worthwhile volunteer opportunity. Michael called the listed number and received a response from Ben Forman, program director, before he returned home....
    The Perfect Last Race.  As a new mentor this year, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  My mentee Mohammed and I got along right away.  It’s amazing the kinds of things you talk about as you run (and walk) with...
    Rhonda is a 14 year-old girl who reluctantly joined Teens Run DC at the encouragement of her teacher.  She is a 9th grader with learning disabilities who struggles at school.  She lives with her mother and has a strained relationship with her father. When she entered Teens Run DC, she...
    David is an 18-year-old young man from El Salvador, the next to youngest of 12 children. When he first came to this country at age 11, he along with five of his brothers and sisters and his mother and father, lived...
    Meili is an 18 year old senior at Wilson who joined Teens Run DC a little late in the season.  In the fall, she participated in Wilson’s Women’s Varsity Volleyball Team.   Meili says that after the volleyball season ended, she wanted...
    Dagnechew is a gentle and soft-spoken 16 year old, tenth grader at Wilson High School. He came to this country 4 years ago with his sister. Prior to leaving Ethiopia, he lived with his mother and aunt in a...

    "We measure our success not by how far or how fast we run,
    but by the commitment and effort we apply to achieve our goals."