Road Runners Track Club Offers Students Many Opportunities

Running is great exercise, but for members of the Road Runner Track Club, it’s so much more.

The club is a non-profit organization that began as a way to work with at risk kids.

Coach and president of the club, Kathey Early, says the group uses track and field “as the hook to get the children involved.”

In addition to training, the club offers after school tutoring, provides school supplies, and works with the students preparing to take the ACT.

Participants come from different schools, including Estelle Elementary, where Early also serves as a third grade teacher. Through training, students learn to work together and are taught leadership, responsibility, sportsmanship and hard work.

“All of that carries over into the classroom to make them better students with less discipline problems,” Early said.

Marvin Early is the head coach of Road Runners and says that the training is rigorous.

Runner Nyesha Gison agrees.

“Coach Marvin works us hard but it pays off,” she said.

Another benefit that the Road Runners offers to its members is the opportunity to travel as a team.

Early said that many of their kids have never been outside of their own neighborhood.

“We travel to meets outside of the city of New Orleans and to nationals out of state. They love to travel and they work hard on the field so that they qualify for nationals.”