Ready, Set, Run! is a character-building running program that trains kids ages 8-13 to participate in a 5K run. This curriculum-based program equips kids with the physical training and goal-setting mentality needed to accomplish their running goals. Issues like enhancing confidence and self-esteem, respecting authority, dealing with peer pressure and fueling their bodies through proper nutrition are covered during the 12-week program. Above all, kids have a blast seeing what they are capable of achieving!
Ready, Set, Run! began as an idea in 2009 and much research, love and passion has been poured into getting it up and running. The response from our members has been phenomenal! We began piloting the program in Spring 2011 and have been greatly encouraged by the program’s impact thus far. We continue to look forward to all of the lives we might have the chance to impact in the future.
The Ready, Set, Run! program is easy to implement and follow and it can be set up in nearly any community. The program consists of 24 sessions (meeting twice a week) and culminates in a 5K run for the participants. Many communities plan their program around an existing community 5K run so the participants have a chance to be a part of something bigger. However, we do have programs that set up a more intimate 5K run just for their participants and this has been very well received too!
In addition to the running portion of the program, participants are challenged “outside of class” to participate in various character and community building exercises. These are an integral part of the program as they are discussed openly amongst the participants each week.
Organizations that typically conduct the Ready, Set, Run! program include: Parks & Recreation Departments, Boys & Girls Clubs, Military Bases, Homeschool groups, youth running clubs, YMCAs, afterschool clubs and many more.
Why bring it to your community?
Take a look at our curriculum to get a better understanding of the program’s structure:
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