ARLINGTON, Virginia – November 16, 2011 – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce the 2011 Kids Run the NationÒ grant recipients. Twenty-eight programs throughout the US that collectively serve 30,000 youth will receive a total of $20,000 in grants, an increase compared to the $15,000 granted in 2010. Read more about the programs here.
Since 2007, the RRCA has provided over $50,000 in small grants to deserving youth running programs around the country through the Kids Run the Nation Fund. The Kids Run the Nation Fund is designed to provide needed resources to launch and support youth running programs around the country as an opportunity to address the on-going inactivity and obesity crisis facing today’s youth.
The Kids Run the Nation program is a gender inclusive, multi-week, turnkey, youth running program designed to meet the physical activity goals outlined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The program can also be modified to better serve older grades. Through this program, the RRCA’s vision is to help establish locally managed youth running programs in every grade school in America.
“The RRCA is very proud of the level of support from our donors to the Kids Run the Nation Fund.” outlined Jean Knaack, RRCA Executive Director. “This support has enabled the RRCA to invest more money into local youth running programs each year.”
There are numerous ways that youth running programs can ensure that running is safe, affordable, accessible, and enjoyable for children that want to run.
“We want to stress the importance of staying physically fit inside and outside of the school,” said Mindi Rice, physical education teacher at Townley Elementary School and Director for Townley Marathon Kids. “We want them to take what they learn within the school and this program home to their families to relay the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and staying physically fit.”
Founded in 1958, the RRCA (www.RRCA.org) is the national association dedicated to promoting the development and growth of running clubs and running events throughout the country and supporting the common interests of runners of all abilities during all stages in life.