Runner2Runner provides running programs for youth.

We offer age appropriate instruction for cross country, track and field, camps, and off season training.  All programs focus on safe, progressive training for all athletes, including core and stability work.

  • Establish teams comprised of boys and girls
  • Develop understanding of team and teamwork
  • Qualified, experienced, coaches lead our teams (background check and SafeSport certified)
  • Personalized, progressive workouts
  • Establish and build athleticism
  • Guide athletes through competition
  • Instill confidence to excel at life’s challenges and embrace leadership roles
  • Promote life-long dedication to healthy living
  • USA Track and Field member organization

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Our clubs were founded out of a concern for the health of our youth and a desire to teach a skill that will last a lifetime.

I believe early introduction to running in a positive environment promotes a lifelong love of running and healthy living.  After moving to Portland, Oregon in 1997, I discovered youth running programs were not offered at our local school. Shortly afterwards, I started cross-country, track and field and running teams at five elementary and middle schools.

As our programs grew, we saw that high school running teams were benefiting from our initiative, resulting in state titles in track and cross country. Providing even a brief, positive introduction to running at an early age provides athletes with a foundation to participate on their high school track or cross country team, run at the collegiate level OR the best outcome; continue the healthy habits and workouts they've learned for the rest of their lives.  

Melissa Hill, CEO

  • Bachelors of Science with a focus on Exercise Science.
  • D1 collegiate runner at Texas Tech University, cross country and track
  • Level I and II US Association of Track and Field coaching certification.
  • Developed and coached cross country and track teams since 1998.
  • Coached athletes and developed running events for Nike Sports Center - 12 years.
  • Developed and coached district wide programs for elementary/middle schools in Portland and St. Louis.
  • Founding member and coach:Team Athena.
  • Co-founder, Women's Running Coaches Collective
  • International Running Consultant, China

Howard Lao, COO 

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 Paige Crawford, West Regional Director 

Paige Crawford

  • Marathoner (2020 Boston Qualifier) and trail runner
  • Co-captain of the @Stumprunners run club
  • Youth mentor with Family of Friends Mentoring
  • Prior coaching experience with Marathon Kids PDX
  • Former Clackamas High School Varsity Soccer player

Keikoanne Norcross, Regional Director, DFW

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  • D1 collegiate runner (#2 all time / 2k Steeplechase) at Portland State University, cross country & track
  • Portland State University Student Athlete Advisory Committee President (2014-2016)
  • 2016 Teach for America Idaho Alumni
  • Former middle school hurdle coach & Runner2Runner WA cross country coach

Hanna Peterson, Marketing Coordinator

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  • Bachelor of Arts in Media and Entertainment, University of Arizona 
  • D1 collegiate runner at University of Arizona
  • Member of the Cross Country team that claimed its first ever conference championship
  • Volunteer coach for  Air Force Cross Country Team + UCLA Cross Country & Track Team
  • Assistant coach, University of Arizona, Track and Field Team

Kolby Kennington, Intern, University of North Texas

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  • 7 Half Marathons to date
  • Four-year High School Varsity Track & XC athlete
  • Creates Youtube videos all about running and a healthy lifestyle
  • Sports Management major 
  • Loves running, mountain biking, and playing the drums
  • My goal is to build lifelong habits of health and fitness in the younger generation 


Runner2Runner Locations

Currently we have programs based in 6 states; Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Missouri, Texas and Hawaii. 

Each coach is certified, has passed a background check and SafeSport.  Runner2Runner workouts are developed exclusively for young runners, offering safe, progressive and age appropriate training..


Teams typically meet twice a week for one hour and participate in area meets (if available) during session.

Students pay an entry fee (see the Register page) and receives a Team Tshirt. Other than running shoes, optional apparel and competition spikes, there are no additional fees.

For more team information, see our FAQ

Cancellation policy

14 days prior to the first day of practice:  $15 fee 

13 days prior to the first day of practice:  50% of registration fee refunded 

Once season begins there will be NO refunds - If the season is post poned due to COVID19 it will be made up, or credit will be given for future seasons

Email Howard@Runner2Runner.com


  • If you are interested in a cross country, track and field team, camp or off season training at your school, please contact Howard@runner2runner.com
  • To register for an existing team, see the Register page.

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EIN 46-4879533

Program Location Maps, by State

Click here for a visual guide to all R2R programs by state!

Athlete Consent Form

Click here to view / download the Runner2Runner athlete consent form.