The CENTER FOR CHILDREN’S RUNNING is a coaching program, not for children, but for adults. It offers direction to teachers, coaches, recreation leaders and parents on how to structure their running programs so that children will get the most out of their running experience and want to continue running. It discusses how to provide a safe, age-appropriate and enriching environment for children, how to keep them motivated, what is healthy for children and what is not, how to organize kids runs, and how to keep children coming back for more. It is not an alternative to existing programs, but a means to make those programs even better.
FUN & FITNESS - THE MILEAGE CLUB WAY
Check out the new how-to booklet published by Fitness Finders, the creators and owners of the hugely popular Mileage Club. For those not familiar with Mileage Club, it is used in more than 20,000 schools in the U.S. and in 15 other countries. Fun & Fitness - The Mileage Club Way offers teachers, coaches and parents 46 runs and activities that are easy to organize and that will bring variety and energy to any youth running program. Just click on the icon to learn more.
ALSO, BE SURE TO READ THIS!
If have not already, read How to Teach Kids to Love Running on the Running Times magazine website. It discusses the importance of making discovery and opportunities for success part of children's running, as well as the need to allow kids to enjoy a sense of ownership and belonging. Just click on the Running Times icon or search for Kids Love Running on the Running Times website.
JUST RUN is a highly successful children’s running and healthy-decisions program of the Big Sur International Marathon. In 2013, more than 90 schools in California and eleven other states hosted JUST RUN programs. Susan Love, Program Administrator and Michael Dove, Program Developer, say the Center for Children’s Running offers “…so many great ideas for running activities on your website that we are going to refer our JUST RUN leaders to it for ideas and motivation.” Great! Thank you. That is what we endeavor to accomplish. To learn more about the JUST RUN Program, visit www.justrun.org.