Aside from our regular weekday and Saturday programming, the TRDC community also participates in numerous special events over the course of the program year.
Each season, Teens Run DC youth train for and participate in races of varying distances. Each student is assigned to an individual run buddy who provides support and encouragement as youth runners strive to achieve their race-day goals. Regardless of their speed or running ability, every student is celebrated for showing up, working hard, and crossing the finish line. Students who demonstrate improvement as a result of their hard work and commitment receive a special Teens Run DC "PR t-shirt".
During the 2017-18 season, TRDC participated in the FONA OAKtoberfest 5K, Pacers Jingle All the Way 5K and 15K, Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and 5K, Teens Run DC Mentoring Matters 5K, DC Front Runners' Pride Run 5K, and DC Road Runners Club Bluemont 5K.
In addition to the races listed above, Teens Run DC also hosts and participates in parkrun on a monthly basis. parkrun is a free, weekly, timed 5K run, our participation in which allows TRDC students to track their running progress on a more regular basis (i.e., in between official races). By hosting parkrun once per month, Teens Run DC is also able to more fully engage the Anacostia community, promoting health and fitness in a beautiful park setting, and at no cost to participants.
Community Social Events
TRDC offers many opportunities for community members to interact outside of running practices. Youth, parents, volunteers, and members of the community are welcome to attend our many social events, which have included trips to Nationals Games, the Medstar Capitals Iceplex for ice skating, outdoor barbecues and picnics, as well holiday-themed parties.
Service Learning Opportunities
We look to engage our community in opportunities to give back throughout the year through a variety of service learning projects including, but not limited to, volunteering at the Marine Corps Marathon and at the Cherry Blossom Health & Fitness Expo.