About the Race


Here’s What You Need to Know

Race for the Kids is an annual Fall charity event hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC now in our 13th year. This year’s event will once again be held in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on September 16th, 2017 at 9:00am, where we expect over 4,000 attendees. We’re proud to also include microchip timing for avid runners in NYC interested in 5k timed events and who may also want to support our youth mentoring mission.

The Race is one of our largest fundraising events and it is filled with family friendly activities thanks to our presenting sponsor Nickelodeon. After the race we invite all runners to bring their families and matches to enjoy the festivities of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play.

Our goal this year is to raise $500,000 that will go towards our year round efforts to provide mentoring services to children throughout New York City.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC is the nation’s oldest and NYC’s largest mentoring organization now celebrating over 110 years of service.

Who participates in Race for the Kids?

  • Our Mentoring Matches or as we call them Bigs and Littles
  • Families throughout NYC
  • Seasonal avid 5k NYC Runners
  • Friends of our volunteers
  • Those who prefer to walk
  • Corporate Groups

It only costs $20.00 to register or $30.00 if you would like your race timed. But of course you can individually raise more, or sponsor a friend or team.

Only microchip runners are able to win the race!

Please click REGISTER NOW to get started and join us on September 16th, 2017 in Prospect Park.


The Nethermead in Brooklyn's Prospect Park

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Saturday, September 16, 2017 — Prospect Park, Brooklyn

7:45 am - 8:30 am Registration is open
8:45 am Race for the Kids begins. Run or walk the 5K race!
10:00 am - 2:00 pm Picnic and Nickelodeon Worldwide Day of Play activities

Join us for a warm up with Saida Leekong!

Saida Leekong is a Certified Group Fitness Instructor & the founder of ProCheer Fitness & Dance. As a former NFL & NBA Cheerleader with over 10 years of Industry Experience she has appeared on National commercials, music videos and tv shows. Her passion for dance and fitness led to the creation of ProCheer Fitness & Dance. Which is also home of the Non Profit, Heads Up Cheer and Dance.

Her mission is to empower and inspire women of all ages to live healthy and confident lives through movement and fitness. She offers classes, training and development through ProCheer Fitness & Dance weekly in NYC.

To contact Saida for more information on her Head up Cheer & Dance or other programming email her at headsupcheer@gmail.com.


Reserve Discounted Parking for Big Brothers Big Sisters Race for the Kids

We recommend reserving your Big Brothers Big Sisters Race for the Kids parking spot in advance with SpotHero, a parking reservation service that helps drivers find and book parking online!

To find and reserve your spot today, visit the Big Brothers Big Sisters Race for the Kids SpotHero Parking Page or download the iPhone|Android app to book your spot from your phone!

New to SpotHero? Enter promo code BBBSKIDS at checkout for an extra $5 off parking!

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