Our running program was developed to provide at-risk youth with the second chance that we all deserve.  Our innovative approach to working with troubled youth integrates mental and physical health aspects with outcomes based on the 40 Developmental Assets identified by the Search Institute.

“It is our mission to utilize physical activity as a catalyst to encourage, restore, and unify the participating youth in a supportive yet challenging environment.”
Sabine Medrano, Founder

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Program Principles


A Change Is Needed

According to the Texas Juveniles Justice Department (TJJD), a total of 86,548 formal referrals have been made to juvenile probation departments throughout the State of Texas in 2010. The data points out that 52% of that number had previous referrals to the department; to be specific, 46% of those had more than 3 prior referrals.

Our Vision

To surround at-risk youth with a support group that encompasses family members, school staff and positive community members in order to assist the youth in becoming successful contributing members of our community. Teaching and supporting the youth how to make better life choices for themselves and guiding them along the way, will allow for the youth to make better choices for themselves and their future. It is our goal to restore the youth’s trust within the community and instill values and responsibility within them, help keep juveniles out of the system and help re-integrate them with their families, school and community.

Our Success

Throughout our first year in 2013, we had 18 successful program completions. One year after completing the program, only one youth had reoffended. This proves the efficacy of our program and is the first step towards our goal to help lower the overall recidivism rate within the Juvenile Justice System in Texas.
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The Solution

Community based prevention and intervention programs need to be strengthened and reinforced to better serve at-risk youth and to lower the recidivism rate. Our integrative healthcare approach focuses on teaching youth how to become healthy self-sufficient contributing members of our community, with the goal to lower adolescent involvement in the justice system.

at run free texas we will…

Be your running family,
Help you to improve your life,
Introduce you to new experiences,
Challenge you,
Push you past your comfort zone,
Hold you accountable,
Build a support system around you,
Expose you to different walks of life,
Encourage you,
And most importantly…

We will be your biggest fans and supporters!


Our Story

Run Free Texas began with a passion and a dream of two former juvenile probation officers to make a difference in the lives of youth, who often seem forgotten by society. Run Free Texas is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization that offers a 12 week running/walking program to at-risk youth who are faced with deteriorating family structure, gang activity, criminal activity, violence in schools, peer pressure, bullying, substance abuse issues and other social challenges.
The founder of Run Free Texas came across an article in Runner’s World, outlining the success of a running program, which was implemented in a women’s prison in Kansas. The article explained how the running program helped lower the recidivism rate of the participants and improved their overall physical and mental health. Through collaboration with the founders of Running Free, Running Free Alaska, additional research, and our combined experience within the juvenile justice system and working with at-risk populations, led to the idea and concept of Run Free Texas.
In October 2012, our inaugural program served the Williamson County Juvenile Justice Department. We have since then expanded our program to the Williamson County residential facility and the Cedar Park Justice of the Peace Court.
Throughout the 12 weeks program, motivational speakers such as high school coaches, local athletes, and successful entrepreneurs are invited to come speak to the youth and their families about goal setting, failure, and healthy habits. The group completes the 12 week program through the participation in a nonprofit community race of their choice, which will help diminish the negative stigma attached to at-risk youth and their involvement with the law and leave them with a sense of accomplishment. Run Free Texas will work with local businesses to create individual scholarships for at-risk youth, who have successfully completed the program.

Guest Speakers

We are proud to have those who are willing to come and speak to our group to provide insight, encouragement, and support. They include:

2014 Annual Report

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If you would like to help us make a difference and impact more youth within the community, there are many ways that you can help!

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Please support your Central Texas community and consider becoming a sponsor or volunteer. We will provide tax ID numbers for all donations.

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