Running Club

2019-2020 Running Club program begins on October 29, 2019!

In order to participate, each student must bring a signed permission slip and DJUSD Emergency Form 2b to the envelope in the CCE Main Office, or to the Running Club coordinators (standing on the west side of the blacktop on Running Club days). Your child may not participate until the forms are received.

Running Club meets on Tuesdays and 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 Tuesday and Thursday (except on rainy days or conference days) from 2:35 to 3:30 p.m. Participants meet out at the southwest corner of the blacktop, ready to run around the field! 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. Participants tend to work very hard and may get hungry and thirsty especially participants from grades 1-3 if they stay for the entire 55 minutes.
How does it work? Participants check in with volunteers at the southwest corner of the blacktop. Volunteers mark laps in magic marker on participant’s arms as they pass by to keep track of the laps they are running. Participants check out with volunteers when they are finished running or at 3:30 for their laps to be recorded and then be released to a parent or guardian. Approximately three laps equals one mile. Each student will receive a little plastic foot token after completing three miles (nine laps) to keep track of their accomplishments. Participants can put their tokens on a shoelace that will also be provided and wear it as a necklace. There will also be token rewards for achieving half and full marathon distances.
What can parents do to help? Parent volunteers are in charge of the club. We need volunteers to help check participants in and out, record laps, and help monitor the course. ALL parents are also encouraged to run/walk with us any time! Please contact Hilary Henricson at to volunteer.Hilary Henricson at
What about kids in CDC? We have discussed the Running Club with CDC and they are excited to have the kids participate too. CDC has their own release form to be completed before your child can participate.
How do I sign up? Turn in a signed signed permission slip and DJUSD Emergency Form 2b to the Running Club coordinators or to the envelope in 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)