Get Ready, Get Set, Go!
Tips for Getting Started with Your Running Program
Seek your principal's support of the program.
Find the time and space to hold running sessions during, before, and/or after school.
Enlist classroom teachers to get involved with the program by using the interdisciplinary lessons plans in their classes (as appropriate).
If there is interest from many students, solicit other teachers and parent volunteers to assist you with the running sessions.
Plan for how you are going to meet the different age (e.g., 4th graders vs. 8th graders) and running experience levels of participating students.
Plan with the end in mind. Select or create a training plan based on your students' age and running experience, program length (e.g., 8 weeks vs. 3 months), and culminating event (e.g., 1 mile vs. 5K event).
Develop a filing/storage system for students' distance logs.
Send parent permission forms home with all "eligible" students (those in grades 4-8) and only allow a student to begin participating when he/she has returned a signed form.
Hold your first running session and enjoy!