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 all six BPS elementary schools.  Participation is intended to increase focus in the classroom, create positive relationships between students and their 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 second season started August 26, 2019.  It is offered as a seven week session, culminating with the Woolaroc 8K on October 12th. During the program, participants run with teacher 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 come together on the pathfinder to have a snack, socialize, and go for a group run. 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

$50 covers the cost of a pair of shoes for one student 

$250 covers all costs for one student to participate

We need continued support to keep this program free to all student participants.

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 and only accepted in-season (Aug-Oct))

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