The mission of No Surrender Running Club is to empower Grand Rapids’ youth to unleash their inner greatness and passionately run their world.
The youth that NSRC serves struggle with significant stressors. These often include family separation, immigration concerns, neighborhood violence, poverty, bullying, or mental and physical health concerns. Additionally, many of NSRC’s youth attend schools without athletic programming or do not have access to affordable afterschool activities. Research has shown a direct correlation between a child’s involvement in extracurricular activities and his or her self-esteem, health and wellbeing.
No Surrender Running Club is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that uses running and mentorship as tools to empower Grand Rapids youth as they train and complete a 10k race and later in the season, a 10 mile race. NSRC is an opportunity for these youth to simply have fun, while building meaningful relationships, learning goal setting, and enhancing their overall wellbeing.