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

NEW! Read about our "Runner2Runner+" program for the off-season!


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 and in many cases, run at the collegiate level.  

COVID 19 Protocol, 2021

We take COVID19 seriously and have made big changes to make sure athletes, coaches, and parents are safe. 

Our teams will be smaller - Around 10 athletes per coach. If there is a second coach available then the "team" will split into two smaller teams (of 10ish runners).

Masks are required (by local and state) for coaches & athletes . 

Parents and athletes are asked to stay home if they feel unwell.

Check-in and check-out procedures will be conducted by one coach (athletes will be 6-feet apart during check-in) 

Hand sanitizer (60% - 95% alcohol content) for athletes and coaches before, during, and after practice. 

All warm-up, drills, and workouts will observe social distancing (6-feet apart). 

Disinfect equipment (cones) after each practice. 

Suspend until further notice all games and drills that require tagging your teammates (i.e. Sharks & Minnows, partner baton relays races, ball throws) 

No large meets until further notice / Intrasquad Time Trial races

Melissa Hill, CEO

  • Bachelors of Science with a focus on Exercise Science.
  • 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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Melissa & Howard are passionate coaches and former collegiate runners who believe that in a supportive environment, anyone can improve at running and meet personal fitness goals 

Runner2Runner Coaching Staff 

All Runner2Runner coaches are active USATF members, have completed the USOC SafeSport Course, and have completed extensive background checks.  


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Runner2Runner Teams

Currently we have programs based in 5 states; Oregon, Washington, Michigan, Missouri and Texas. 

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


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

Students pay an entry fee (see the Register page). Other than team uniforms, 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

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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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.