Let Me Run KC
18101 Dearborn
Stilwell KS 66085
boys celebrating
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (605) 595-7728
Mission Statement
Let Me Run inspires boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Paul Martino
Board Chair Mr. Joel Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation JC Thomas Marketing & Communications
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement
Let Me Run inspires boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle.
Background Statement
Let Me Run began in Charlotte, NC in 2008. Ashley Armistead, Founder of Let Me Run, was a Girls On The Run coach in the late 1990’s with two baby boys. She couldn’t wait for her boys to grow up with a similar opportunity — an after-school running program that offered a safe space, where boys could be themselves, express their fears and dreams, and feel the power of being connected to others through positive, healthy communication. Let Me Run’s first after-school club was in the Spring of 2008, we became incorporated in March 2009, and we became a 501(c)(3) in July of 2009.
Let Me Run is a seven-week character building program for 4th-8th grade boys, led by trained coaches from your community. Each team meets after school, at your school, twice a week for an hour and fifteen minutes. The boys exercise and participate in fun activities, which help them learn how to express themselves, reach personal goals, and improve their overall wellness. At the end of the program, the boys celebrate their hard work with a 5k road race.
Let Me Run coaches use running to guide the boys through lessons about wellness and well-being, like respect, positive competition, and nutrition. Our lesson plans, including “Real Men Show their Feelings, Everyday Heroes, and Getting to Know You,” and preparing boys for the long run by encouraging full expression of their individual feelings.
Let Me Run is much more than a running program for boys. We have found, that if we nurture and celebrate every aspect of what it means to be a boy and give boys the opportunity to be themselves, they will run with it!
Impact Statement
KC Region History & Fast Facts:
  1. Fall 2013: The first team piloted in Kansas City, MO.
  2. 415 boys have run on 35 teams since the first season in Kansas City.
  3. 50% average season-to-season growth rate over the first 7 seasons.
  4. April 2016: Heidi McCormick hired as Let Me Run Kansas City Regional Director.
  5. A Let Me Run Kansas City Advisory Council will soon be established, which will help develop and promote Let Me Run in the region.
  6. The first Let Me Run Kansas City 5k race will be held in the spring of 2019.

Our local KC Metro goals for 2017 include:
  1. Growing the scholarship fund to be able to provide the program to all Title 1 schools requesting it.
  2. Establish a local advisory council to help grow and sustain Let Me Run in Kansas City. This advisory council can be very useful for a Let Me Run region as an idea engine and a place for valued volunteers who can bring helpful resources of time, talent, and treasure to the organization.
  3. Grow the program city-wide and gain area sponsorships to have our first season-end 5k event with all Let Me Run boys.
  1. A groundbreaking study of healthy masculinity in boys conducted by the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro examined the impact of Let Me Run and found that the nonprofit program improves boys’ social competence, increases boys’ physical activity levels, reduces boys’ screen time on school days, and significantly improves boys’ attitudes and behaviors associated with healthy masculinity.
  2. A review of the professional literature revealed no other published studies of programs researching — let alone improving — healthy masculinity in boys.
  3. UNCG tailored existing adult masculinity scales for this groundbreaking research on healthy masculinity in boys.
Needs Statement
  1. A local advisory council to help with sponsorships, program growth, donations and volunteers.
  2. Scholarship funds to allow every boy who wants to participate the ability to do so. We have more Title I schools who wish to participate and we have to limit the sites each season.  $1600 will sponsor an entire team with registrations, race fees and snacks.
  3. Office space-Currently our Region Director operates from a home office. Establishing a local office helps with organization, training, storage and local grant opportunities.
  4. Increase in hours for Region Director, currently limited to 15 hours per week.
  5. Relationship with a printer/shipping company
Service Categories
Boys Clubs
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Jackson County
MO - Platte County
MO - Clay County
MO - Cass County
KS - Leavenworth County
Currently, we have had teams all areas of the KC Metro Area; Leavenworth, Sugar Creek, Weston, Raymore, North Kansas City, Overland Park, DeSoto, Spring Hill, Raytown and Liberty.  We served over 400 boys since our first team in 2013 and our goal for 2017-2018 is to serve 300 more.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
Statement from Founder- Ashley Armistead
I was motivated by the “Boy Code”, saying “As a parent, it’s hard to sit back and watch the Boy Code in action. You’ve heard the limiting messages being sent to males: ‘be a man, grow up, boys don’t cry, don’t be a sissy.’” So I set out to create a program which breaks the Boy Code.
In 2008, Ashley Armistead led a pilot program with one team in Charlotte, NC. Then the first official season of Let Me Run began in the fall of 2009, with four teams in Charlotte, NC. Our mission is to inspire boys through the power of running to be courageous enough to be themselves, to build healthy relationships, and to live an active lifestyle.
Accomplishments to date:
  • Let Me Run has reached 15,000 boys in 27 states,
  • 25-30% of boys in KC receive scholarship funding each season
  • Programs in 200+ schools
  • 2,500 volunteers engaged in the program
Goals for 2017:
  • 5,000 boys to participate in the program across the country; up to 700 in the KC Metro Area
  • Provide 1,200 – 1,400 scholarships
Goal by 2020:
  • Let Me Run will reach a cumulative total of 40,000 boys with 30% of funds financing for scholarships.
Board Statements:
Joel Thomas- Board Chair
I initially got involved with Let Me Run as a coach because I am a runner and my son was at the right age to join a team. I quickly learned that Let Me Run is about so much more than the running. Let Me Run gives these boys a safe, encouraging environment to learn, grow and express themselves, all while achieving something that they may not have thought possible. My hope is that these boys will remember the lessons they learned in Let Me Run and that this will guide them when they are faced with difficulties. I hope they will understand that many of the problems they will face can be solved by talking openly about what's on their minds and that they will always remember the joy of crossing the finish line and realize that anything can be accomplished when they work hard to achieve it.
Sloane Mayberry-Board Member
Let Me Run has a unique opportunity to reach all kinds of boys. Part of the magic of the program is its inclusive nature. Each boy has a chance to grow his soul and embrace wellness at an impressionable age. I feel my time is well-spent being part of this amazing group of board and staff leadership. Everyone at the table is personally committed to making a difference. I always walk away from meetings and events thinking, “such amazing things are happening!”
Let Me Run KC- Let Me Run is an after-school, youth-development program for boys 4-8th grade. We meet two days per week for 7 weeks each spring and fall at KC Metro elementary and middle schools. Running is the vehicle that Let Me Run uses to encourage boys to not only improve their physical health, but to set the stage for our lessons that improve emotional and social health. Our trained coaches combine training for a 5k with fun activities and lessons to help boys learn teamwork, build relationship skills, create friendships, grow emotionally, amplify their self-esteem, empower themselves and others, and live an active lifestyle. We nurture and celebrate every aspect of what it really means to be a boy, and we let them run. After every season, family, friends, and teachers are astounded by the transformation each boy makes. Let Me Run boys leave the program with a sense of accomplishment, a deeper belief in self, and a greater appreciation for their peers.
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Males, ,
Short-Term Success
A 2016 study by the Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro examined the impact of Let Me Run on participants. It found that, among other things, participation in the program:
  1. Improved attitudes & behaviors associated with healthy masculinity of boys to a significant degree
  2. Improved the social competence of boys
  3. Increased the vigorous physical activity of boys
  4. Reduced boys’ sedentary behaviors on school days (watching TV, playing video games).
We see boys carry the LMR lessons with them throughout their day in their interactions with peers, teachers and families. This change creates a positive ripple effect in communities across the country, as more and more boys are realizing the power of being fully supported as valuable human beings with full sets of emotions. This leads to an increase in confidence in boys, who are now more likely to try new things, do the right thing, and are more willing to embrace others from a point of love and acceptance. When we stop limiting boys with a narrow definition of masculinity, revolving only around anger and pride, we can break the cycle of violence, disease and addiction, and open up the opportunity for a more inclusive, wholehearted, and healthy society — one boy at a time.
Long-Term Success
We want to extend the reach of the Let Me Run program, and not turn any boy away from the program, from realizing their potential, or from recognizing the gifts in themselves and others. It’s proven how society is failing our boys. Let Me Run was created to counteract these negative societal pressures and allow each boy to grow physically, emotionally and socially.
Our goals for boys in the Let Me Run program are to:
  1. Discover a greater awareness of their gifts and the gifts of others.
  2. Develop a sense of pride, belonging, and purpose.
  3. Be able to identify and express a wide range of emotions.
  4. Learn to be a better friend and identify true friends.
  5. Be able to define success and competition in healthy ways.
  6. Experience a test of endurance and personal goal setting.
  7. Expand their knowledge on various topics so they can make better physical, emotional, and mental health choices.
  8. Possess a larger understanding of various community and global needs.
Program Success Monitored By
Program success will be determined by growth in number of participants and volunteer coaches. The national office will also provide marketing and materials support to the region. Along with ongoing outcome measurements being studied by UNC-Greensboro, Let Me Run, national will create parent and participant surveys to determine boy’s growth in self-esteem, healthy masculinity, and academic performance.
Examples of Program Success
I can't tell you how much this group has meant to Liam. He looks forward to it each day. But my favorite part is how much confidence it has given him and hearing him talk about the lessons of the day. Just seeing Liam interested in something that involves exercise and teamwork is huge! Just finishing the 5k and not freaking out over the crowd will be a major success for him. He has expressed no anxiety over it — feels totally comfortable in the strength of his team. Since he began running his anxiety has decreased and his OCD and Tourette's symptoms have almost disappeared. Makes my heart ache with happiness. I am so thankful for you coaches!” Parent- Charlotte, NC
Let Me Run has meant a lot to the boys at my school and to me. In the area where I teach, there aren't a lot of school-community based team activities. In fact, there aren't any in elementary school. This team has allowed the boys to build peer and coach relationships that encourage and support one another through its goal-setting structure, mental and physical health driven objective lessons. The boys have developed a love of running- well, if not a love of running, the camaraderie that running with others provides. It's an incredible privilege to watch them as they discover what it's like running it alone and then realize the power encouragement has on their peers and themselves. The impact of LMR is wide and far reaching. As a teacher and coach, I see the boys carry LMR with them throughout the day. They see it as something earned through their actions, not given. Each boy takes away It has transformed the boys, our coaches and myself. Teacher- Baton Rouge, LA
CEO Comments
Paul Martino, CEO
Why Let Me Run?
What Let Me Run does for these boys goes so far beyond running. There is greatness within every boy. It is awesome to see that greatness shine bright. Let Me Run helps boys discover what that is. Let Me Run gives boys permission to be who they really are. Let Me Run shows boys how to respect each other and appreciate the greatness within each other. Let Me Run boys will journey from “Let Me” to “I Will”.
What is your role in Let Me Run?
As Executive Director I want to stay true to our mission as we strive for our vision of reaching every boy and giving them the opportunity to be a Let Me Run boy.
What do you hope for Let Me Run boys?
I hope that people know a Let Me Run boy by the way they respect themselves, by the way they respect others and by the drive they have to accomplish what they want to achieve. It will be a great day when a grown man can say he is a Let Me Run boy and another person will know exactly what that means.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Paul Martino
Term Start July 2013
Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Paul received a BS in Physical Education from Rutgers University in 1987, as well as a Master’s in Physical Therapy from Rutgers University in 1990 and has been a physical therapist for 27 years. Paul started a private practice in 2000, with a career focusing on children and adults with developmental or neurological disorders. Paul also has a lifelong interest in running and has run over 60 marathons across the country. With a passion for running and helping children, Paul learned of Let Me Run in 2009 and coached the initial season. He joined the board later that year & became co-chair of the board. In 2013, Paul made the transition from his career as a physical therapist to become the full time Executive Director of Let Me Run. As Executive Director, Paul oversees all operations of the program as it spreads across the country. Let Me Run has grown at a rate of 60% per year since inception.
Co-CEO/Executive Director
Co-CEO/Executive Director Heidi Jo McCormick
Term Start 0
E-mail heidim@letmerun.org
Compensation Last Year $0 - $50,000
Current Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO Experience
Heidi McCormick- Kansas City Region Director
Why Let Me Run?
As the mother of three boys, I was so thrilled to learn of Let Me Run. As their mom, my biggest goal was to raise kind, confident and respectful men. Let Me Run creates a place for boys to express themselves and develop the skills to nurture those traits. By teaching boys the tools to express themselves, strengthen their sense of self and problem-solve, boys have a good foundation to become great men.
I spent five years as the program director for Girls on the Run in Sioux Falls, SD.  Upon moving to Kansas City, I knew about Let Me Run and wanted to get involved.  My years of experience with the girls program and my passion as a mother of all boys led me to my position with Let Me Run.
Senior Staff
Title Director of Expansion
Title Marketing Director
Title Greater Charlotte Region Director
Title Executive Director
Paid Full-Time Staff 0
Paid Part-Time Staff 1
Volunteers 150
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Joel Thomas
Company Affiliation JC Thomas Marketing & Communications
Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board Members
Mr. Scott Boulware Chief Financial Officer, Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, LLP
Mr. John Boutwell Partner, Thurman Wilson Boutwell & Galvin, P.A.
Mr. Charlie Brinley Entrepreneur and passionate community volunteer
Mr. Bill DeLoache General Manager, DoubleTree by Hilton - Charlotte
Mr. David Lamothe Associate General Counsel IV, Fifth Third Bank
Ms. Wendi Le COO, Reel-Scout Inc.
Mr. Sloane F. Mayberry Owner, New Castle Properties
Ms. MaryDare Mayeux Personal Trainer and Fitness Expert, Prescriptive Fitness
Dr. Nyaka Niilampti Southeast Psychology, Licensed Psychologist
Ms. Shana Plott Partner, Coleman Lew and Associates
Mr. Adam Sellner Project Director, Primax Properties
Mr. Chuck Spencer Provider Network Manager, Garretson Resolution Group
Mr. Joel Thomas President, JC Thomas Marketing Communications, Inc.
Mr. Todd Wilson Senior Director, Financial Services, NTT DATA, Inc.
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 10
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Advisory Board Members
Brett Fincham Daimler Trucking
Rachel Foster KCMO- Teacher
Mark McWilliams Dad, Coach, Founding father of LMR in KC
Jon Pahl Nabholz Construction
Rebecca Perkins Teacher-KCK Public Schools
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2017
Projected Revenue $25,982
Projected Expenses $20,955
Audit Documents
Foundation Comments
  • 6/30/2016, 2015, 2013: Financial data reported using the national organization's 990.
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$319,460$229,832--
Administration Expense$113,448$125,024--
Fundraising Expense$31,306$11,782--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.161.15--
Program Expense/Total Expenses69%63%--
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue13%8%--
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$272,343$223,678--
Current Assets$266,946$219,113--
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$22,367$10,398--
Total Net Assets$249,976$213,280--
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.9321.07--
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- ----
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Organization Name Let Me Run KC
Address 18101 Dearborn
Stilwell, KS 66085
Primary Phone (605) 595-7728
Contact Email heidim@letmerun.org
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Paul Martino
Board Chair Mr. Joel Thomas
Board Chair Company Affiliation JC Thomas Marketing & Communications
Year of Incorporation 2008