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

DC One Fund#8552

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.


Help us give our impressive Teens Run DC Charity Team the big cheers they deserve at the Marine Corps Marathon. The Charity Team includes nine mentors, three TRDC youth, two board members, and many generous volunteers who have raised thousands of dollars for TRDC! To see the TRDC Charity Team, click here. Our volunteer team will be keeping the runners hydrated and motivated at Water Point 10 near Mile 22 in Virginia from the morning through early-afternoon! The closest Metro stations are Pentagon and Pentagon City on the Blue/Yellow lines. To register to volunteer with TRDC at the race, click here.


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 Fall Community Gathering with Th... @ Judiciary Square/The Residences at Gallery Place (see details below)
    Fall Community Gathering with Th... @ Judiciary Square/The Residences at Gallery Place (see details below)
    Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
    You are invited to our Fall Community Gathering on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 9 am – 12:30 pm, to kickoff the new school year! Bring your friends and family! A group of awesome veterans from The Mission Continues[...]
    8:00 am Veteran’s Day 10K
    Veteran’s Day 10K
    Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
    Join us for 15th Annual Veteran’s Day 10K & Tidal Basin Walk! Click here for details! TRDC specific details coming soon!
    11:00 am Volunteer Orientation @ Judiciary Square
    Volunteer Orientation @ Judiciary Square
    Nov 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
    New and current volunteers, please join us for Volunteer Orientation taking place after Saturday practice at Judiciary Square from 11 am-12:30 pm! Learn more about the TRDC program and your role as a volunteer. See you[...]
    9:00 am Jingle All The Way 8K @ Pennsylvania Ave, NW
    Jingle All The Way 8K @ Pennsylvania Ave, NW
    Dec 7 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Join us for the Jingle All The Way 8K!  The race will start and finish on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, between 12th and 13th Streets. Take the Blue or Orange Line (Metro) to Federal Triangle. The Federal[...]

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    Several Teens Run DC students may join our 2014 Charity Team runners to complete the Marine Corps Marathon this year accompanied by TRDC mentors.  Big dreams achieved one step... MORE

    BIG NEWS (and good news for Ben, Morgan and our whole community): Teens Run DC staff will grow from two plus to seven beginning in August. Our expanded staff will include... MORE

    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."