|A few of the Run Club crew! Ready to run!|
I immediately looked up the program called Fitness Finders and ordered a booklet that described how it worked. Within two days I had the information packet and brought it into the Boys and Girls Club to see if there was any interest from the kids. Destinee loved the idea and helped me organize an official sign up. The first meeting was mostly to explain how the program worked and have everyone start setting goals. We decided to set the mark at completing a marathon (26.2 miles) throughout the spring and summer. We looked up how many laps in the gym equaled a mile (20 laps!) and how many laps around the nearby park equaled a mile (3 laps).
The next Run Club meeting was spent creating a bulletin board for inspiration, motivation and a tally board to track laps and miles. We cut out pictures of healthy activities and exercises as well as healthy food choices that would help us achieve our goals quicker!
|Our awesome Bulletin Board of Motivation and Inspiration! The club became so popular we had to add another tally chart to keep track of all the members! We are up to 35 kids!!!|
|Daveart (as he likes to be called) showing off his Popsicle sticks!|
|Helping to keep the laps motivating! The Run Club Popsicle stick queen :)|
|Stretching before our run!|
|Everyone heading out on the course.|
|Handing out Popsicle sticks in the lap zone.|
|Counting laps for the awards ceremony!|
|High Fives all-around!|
I have been very pleased with the both girls and boys being interested in Run Club and ages ranging from 6 to 13 years old. Our goal is to see how many kids can complete the 26.2 miles but we have also been talking about running in a local race! We gad one day when it was raining a getting late and I thought we should wait until the next day to run...so many kids wanted to run we decided to hold run club in the gym and not let the streak end. Another 7 kids completed a mile that day!
|Erriana showing off her necklace during a science day.|
|Terrell has been the top performer so far. He has run over 13 miles!!!|