Run Club is up and "running" this year at the Jerry Gamble Boys and Girls Club in North Minneapolis. I absolutely love getting to share my passion for health, wellness and of course sport with these kids. For those who don't know, Run Club is a program that Brian and I started 4 years ago as part of our community service project for In-the-Arena.
|Outside on a cold but sunny day.|
We wanted to have a project that could measure the progress of our visits during the Spring, Summer and Fall. We decided a running program was the perfect blend of an accessible activity that was easy to track and gave us the most time with the kids each day.
|When it rains we improvise.|
|Sometimes that means yoga.|
Our Run Club is held right across the street at the Glen Gale Park and we have a set 1/3 of a mile course that the kids run/ walk laps around. With each lap completed they receive a Popsicle stick and at the end of practice we count the number of Popsicle sticks each person collected and post the numbers on the Run Club Board inside the Club.
|Running along the course.|
I love seeing the kids start to form running groups each day and complete the workout together. Running is so fantastic because it is a lifelong activity that can be enjoyed alone or with others. Perhaps some of these running partners will continue running together for many years.
|Running Buddies Rajenae, Christopher and Rahania.|
|Boxes of Organic Fruit! This week it's clementines, oranges and apples.|
|Hopefully enough incentive to skip the ice cream truck!|
|Turning in sticks for me to record.|
Once back inside we spend the remainder of our time updating the board with the miles earned that day and award stickers on the board and perhaps awards for reaching a milestone. This year at the completion of 10 total miles each person will receive an LLBean water bottle that we write their name on and have them bring to practice!
|Imputing the mileage onto the board.|
|Our top runner this year is Lebron. He already earned his LLBean water bottle.|