Hundreds of children will experience the benefits of exercise through Life Time & City Parks foundations’ new training program

The initiative will culminate with a one-mile run on the New York City Triathlon Weekend 23 July; Grants from the Life Time Foundation $ 20,000 to the Foundation for City Parks

NEW YORK, June 15, 2022 / PRNewswire / – To inspire New York to get outdoors this summer and benefit from exercise and healthier nutrition, the City Parks Foundation and the Life Time Foundation teamed up to present the first The Life Time Foundation’s New York City Children Run – a running and feeding program for children aged 9-17 in four districts, and brings the City Parks Foundation’s established family adventure race back to life after a two-year hiatus. Both initiatives will help children living in disadvantaged communities to learn and develop new sports skills, find joy in physical activity and develop healthy habits.

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The NYC Kids Run program will culminate with 250 children running one mile and crossing the finish line of the Verizon New York City Triathlon on 23 Julyone day before the iconic event.

The complete training program for the NYC Kids Run was created by the 2008 US Olympic Athletics Athlete and the 2020 US Olympic Coach Mechelle Lewis Freeman. Led by coaches from the City Parks Foundations, children will participate in Freeman’s four-week progressive running program aimed at preparing young people to successfully complete a one-mile run. Designed to be implemented by a school or community organization, the program also provides the basic knowledge needed by an adult leader to facilitate an effective learning experience for children in their community.

“We are delighted to partner with and support the City Parks Foundation on this initiative,” he said Kimo Seymour, Executive Director of the Life Time Foundation. “Both organizations firmly believe in the importance of children being active and healthy to reach their maximum potential. It is crucial that all children, regardless of age and background, have the opportunity to experience the benefits of exercise. and healthy eating, engaging with their peers and achieving goals. We can’t wait for them to cross the finish line in Central Park! ”

The Life Time Foundation provides a $ 20,500 grant to the City Parks Foundation to fund the NYC Kids Run program and the City Parks Foundation Family Adventure Race. The programs will provide children living in disadvantaged communities with weekly sports opportunities that will help them learn and develop new skills, as well as engage parents to actively participate in and support these opportunities.

“After the past two years, it is imperative that our children remain active for their mental and physical well-being,” he said. Mike Silverman, Director of Sports at the City Parks Foundation. “We are grateful to partner with the Life Time Foundation to give all young people the opportunity to participate in this exciting new initiative.”

The program will run over five tracks in all New York: Astoria Park And Baisley Park (queens), Thomas Jefferson (Manhattan), Park Soundview (Bronx), And Betsy Park (Brooklyn). Each child who enters and crosses the finish line in Central Park will receive a t-shirt and a medal.

According to the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care, physically inactive children are more likely to gain unhealthy weight, skip school and perform worse at school. They are also twice as likely to suffer from obesity as adults.

The collaboration comes at a time when Life Time (NYSE: LTH) continues its ownership and production of the New York City Triathlon and the Company’s broadest expansion into New York with four premium sports country clubs currently open and four new ones – Front & York (DUMBO), Midtown, Park Avenue South and One Wall Street – arriving by 2023.

To register through the City Parks Foundation, click HERE.

Information on the City Parks Foundation
At the City Parks Foundation, we are dedicated to reinvigorating and transforming parks into dynamic and vibrant centers of urban life through sports, art, community building and educational programs for all New Yorkers. Our programs – located in hundreds of parks, recreation centers and public schools around the world New York – reach thousands of people every year. Our philosophy is simple: thriving parks mean thriving communities.

About the Life Time Foundation
Life Time Foundation, a 501c (3) non-profit organization associated with Life Time, operates nationwide with the goal of improving the health of young people. The Foundation works with K-12 public schools, supporting them in serving minimally processed food in schools and funding community organizations that work to make sure all children can take part in a safe, fun and enriching physical activity. 100% of every dollar donated to the Life Time Foundation directly supports its mission because all administrative costs are provided by Life Time, Inc. For more information, visit



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