Bruins on the Run is a collaboration between Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, Richard Kane YMCA, and Run the Streets.

The program is a voluntary after-school mentoring and running program for fifth grade students at Kane and Wayside elementary schools.  Participation is intended to increase focus in the classroom, create positive relationships between students and their parent and teacher mentors, and improve relationships between students at different school sites before they enter a common middle school.

Bruins on the Run is loosely based on the structure of the successful Run the Streets program that uses mentoring and long distance running to provide a positive impact on its participants.

The pilot season of Bruins on the Run kicked off August 27, 2018.  It is offered as a seven week session, culminating with the Woolaroc 8K on October 13th.  Based on interest in the fall, there will also be a four week spring session, which will wrap up with a local 5K race (TBD). During the program, participants will run with teacher and parent mentors on trails next to their respective school sites and then have the option to attend aftercare provided by the Richard Kane YMCA.  Each Friday, participants from the two schools will come together at the downtown RTS facility to have a snack, socialize, go for a group run, and award weekly teammate recognition. RTS will recruit and screen current RTS youth to act as Junior Mentors for the Friday group runs.


“Bruins on the Run is a great opportunity to bring our schools together while utilizing resources already established in our community. I expect this program will have a very positive impact on our fifth graders and their mentors, and I look forward to seeing it in action. I might even have to join them for a run or two!” – Chuck McCauley, Superintendent, Bartlesville Public Schools District

Help us sustain this program:

Financial Contributions – Send a check, payable to “Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation” to BPS Foundation at 1100 S. Jennings, Bartlesville OK 74003, note “BOTR” in the memo line.   You can also contribute through the BPS Foundation website

In-kind Contributions – We always accept the following:

  • Kids running shorts, shirts, and socks (sizes 8-12)
  • Bottled water
  • Healthy snacks – granola bars, raisins, apple sauce, fresh fruit, etc…. (must be nut-free)

If you’d like to support this program, contact the BPS Foundation office at 918-336-8600 ext 3523. Thank you!

NOTE: Wayside and Kane Elementary schools were chosen based on several factors, including their proximity to the Pathfinder Parkway.  If successful this first year, the group hopes to expand the model to other BPS elementary schools.