TRDC was founded in 2009 with two fundamental beliefs, which continue to shape the vision and direction of the organization: (1) positive change and growth occur within the context of long-term, caring relationships and a welcoming community; and (2) bolstering the physical, social, and emotional well-being of at-risk youth leads to lasting achievement in academics and beyond.
Over the last nine years, TRDC has grown from a pilot project at one high school serving 19 students to a nationally recognized organization with innovative and research-driven programming, serving 450 middle and high school students throughout the District of Columbia.
In the spring of 2014, Teens Run DC received the Community Leadership Award from the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition, given nationwide to only 50 individuals and organizations annually; and that fall, the Catalogue for Philanthropy acknowledged TRDC as “one of the best small non-profits in the DC region.” In 2015, Teens Run DC received a prestigious AmeriCorps grant award to expand our staff and was also honored in 2016 by the Mayor’s Office with the “Spirit” award for our commitment to serving DC’s disadvantaged youth.
Most recently, Teens Run DC was yet again selected in 2018 as "one of the best small nonprofits in the DC region" by the Catalogue for Philanthropy and also renewed for its AmeriCorps grant. Additionally, this past spring, the Road Runners Club of America awarded Teens Run DC as Outstanding Youth Running Program of the Year.