The Kids Run the Nation program offers information and resources to start and sustain community-based youth running programs
Arlington, VA – Encouraging the next generation of runners through community-based programming is the goal of the Road Runners Club of America’s Kids Run the Nation Program, and this week marks the introduction of the newly updated Program Guide for Teachers, Coaches, and Program Leaders.
Originally developed in 1986 by a team of experts including Olympic marathoner Don Kardong, the RRCA introduced the Teacher’s and Coach’s Curriculum Guide in an effort to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. The program evolved into the print and digital curriculum now known as Kids Run the Nation in 2008 and has undergone periodic updates since. Today, the Kids Run the Nation curriculum is presented as a gender inclusive, multi-week, turnkey, youth running program designed to meet the physical activity goals outline by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Highlighted topics include pacing, goal setting, physiology and form, nutrition and hydration, and safety, which are presented alongside coordinating running activities in a series of ten modules.
The RRCA invites teachers, coaches, and program leaders to use the Program Guide in the classroom, as part of a before- or after-school program, or to develop community-based youth running clubs or programs. The curriculum is offered free of charge to clubs, schools, PTAs, before- and after-school programs, community centers, homeless shelters, and other organizations and facilities interested in starting a youth running program. Visit www.rrca.org/our-programs-services/programs/kids-run-the-nation/materials to order.
“The new Kids Run the Nation Program Guide is a great starting point for anyone interested in starting a youth running program at their child’s school, within the local community, or as a program offered by an adult running club,” says Erica Gminski, Youth and Coaching Programs Coordinator for the RRCA. “The concepts can be scaled for younger and older participants, and the activities are engaging for kids of all experience levels.”
Since 2007, the RRCA has provided over $175,000 in small grants to deserving youth running programs around the country through the Kids Run the Nation Fund. The RRCA’s vision is to help establish locally managed youth running programs in every grade school in America.
About the RRCA:
The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is the oldest and largest national association of running organizations and runners dedicated to growing the sport since 1958. The RRCA champions the development of community-based running clubs and events that serve runners of all ages and abilities in pursuit of health and competition. The RRCA’s vision is to see an organized running club established in every community in the U.S. To learn more, visit: www.RRCA.org
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