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About Our Program

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Our History

My daughter was participating in a youth running program in 2013 when a thought popped into my head – why isn’t there a running program for boys? I was working as a college professor at the time and decided to do some research on the matter. I was shocked to learn that boys are more at risk for drug use, depression, suicide, incarceration, high school dropout, delinquent behavior, and increased levels of aggressive behavior. The US Department of Education (2012) reported that most girls thrive in their elementary years, while boys lag behind. This disparity doesn’t shift until women enter the workforce. As a mom with 2 boys and a girl, this inspired me to create a youth running program for boys.

A strong curriculum, according my research, was necessary to empower boys as well as girls. In addition to current learning trends for boys, an effective curriculum addresses gender disparities and teaches children effective communication, how to form healthy relationships, and resolve conflicts.

The Beginning of Boys on the Right Track

Founded in 2013, we initially operated BOTRT out of Brierwood Training Center in Hamburg, NY. By word-of-mouth and marketing on social media, we spread the word to friends and family about this inaugural running program for boys. The original program sold out quickly, as did the subsequent others. It was obvious that people really enjoyed the curriculum and found value in our work. Since our humble beginnings (and syndication in 2015), we have successfully provided life and leadership skills to thousands of boys through fun games, activities, lessons, and training to run a 5k. We are based out of Western New York and rapidly expanding, with a high demand for sites in other areas in the country.

As we grow, we want you to be a part of this wonderful community. Register your boys in our running program or become involved yourself by becoming a coach, sponsor, or volunteer.

Our Partners

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Boys on the Right Track