Running Club

The 2017-18 Running Club program will begin on Thursday, October 5, 2017.  In order to participate, each student must bring a signed permission slip and emergency form to the Running Club coordinators. Look for the coordinators on the southwest corner of the blacktop, under the shade trees between the two larger play structures. Your child may not participate until the forms are received.

Running Club meets on Thursdays after school from 2:35 to 3:20 p.m. It is open to first through sixth graders, and Kindergarteners with a guardian. NOTE: There will be no Running Club when it is raining. The goals of the program are:

  • Get kids excited about physical activity
  • Help children make healthy lifestyle choices
  • Build friendships through exercise
  • Insure that each child experience personal success

Running Club Fast Facts

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When/where do kids participate? After school every Thursday (except on rainy days or conference days) from 2:35 to 3:20 p.m.  Participants meet out at the field, ready to run! NOTE: There will be no Running Club when it is raining.
Who can join? All students in grades 1-6, and Kindergarteners with a guardian.
What should kids wear? Comfortable seasonal clothes and suitable sneakers.
Anything special they should bring? A water bottle, a snack if desired for grades 1-3 (if they will be there the entire time).
How does it work? Parents hand out one ticket for each lap as children pass by to keep track of how many laps they are running. Runners turn in their tickets at the end of each day for laps to be recorded. Approximately three laps equals one mile. Each student will receive a little plastic running foot token after completing five miles (fifteen laps) to keep track of their accomplishments.
What can parents do to help? Parent volunteers are in charge of the club. We need volunteers to help pass out the tickets and record kids' laps. ALL parents are also encouraged to run/walk with us any time! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Hilary Henricson at hilary.henricson@gmail.com.
What about kids in CDC? We have already talked to CDC and they are excited to have the kids participate too. We will have a separate release form for them.
How do I sign up? Turn in a signed permission slip and emergency form to the CCE office. Your child may not participate until the forms are received. Get your forms in today and come join the FUN!

Why a Running Club?

Did you know that only 1 in 4 children get at least half an hour of exercise daily? The number of sedentary children is on the rise. Unfortunately, so is childhood obesity and diabetes. Parents can encourage their children to exercise for fun and fitness! If we can instill healthy habits in our children while they are young, these habits are more likely to become a permanent part of their lives. Research has demonstrated numerous benefits of a running program including:

  • Improved self-image
  • Reduced behavioral problems
  • Improved mood and creativity
  • Improved academic performance
  • Improved physical fitness
  • Improved nutrition
  • Better long-term habits
  • Healthier long-term lifestyle (exercise is a part of the daily routine)