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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.


Join us on October 4, 2014 for our regular Saturday community run/walk practice from 9 – 11 am near the Judiciary Square Metro Station in front of the National Building Museum! Our monthly New Volunteer Orientation will take place immediately after practice from 11 am – 12:30 pm. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer and have not yet attended an orientation, please attend this session to learn more about TRDC and your role as a volunteer. We also ask that all returning volunteers who did not attend the Mentor Orientation on Sept. 7 attend this orientation session to learn about the exciting changes we are making this year. If you have any questions, contact us at


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

    6:30 pm Teens Run Microsoft: “Cre8tive P... @ Microsoft Store-Pentagon City Mall
    Teens Run Microsoft: “Cre8tive P... @ Microsoft Store-Pentagon City Mall
    Oct 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Teens Run DC is partnering with Microsoft for a “Cre8tive Workshop” series to introduce participants to different forms of art using Windows 8.1 products! In “Cre8tive Photography,” participants will learn photography techniques and other tips on[...]
    7:45 am Marine Corps Marathon
    Marine Corps Marathon
    Oct 26 @ 7:45 am – 1:00 pm
    Join the TRDC community as we cheer on our awesome Marine Corps Marathon Charity Team! Help us give these impressive runners the big cheers they deserve. The Charity Team includes nine mentors, three youth, two board members, and[...]
    9:00 am Fall Community Gathering @ Residences at Gallery Place-Party Room and Terrace
    Fall Community Gathering @ Residences at Gallery Place-Party Room and Terrace
    Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
    We hope you can join us for our Fall Community Gathering on Saturday, Nov. 1 from9 am – 12:30 pm, to kickoff the new school year! Bring your friends and family! Here’s the agenda: 9[...]
    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!

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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."