The Kids Run the Nation Program is a
multi-week, gender neutral, youth running program designed for children in
grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The RRCA's vision is to see a locally
managed, youth running program in every grade school in America.
The Kids Run the Nation Program Guide is
designed to help teachers, coaches, or program directors develop youth running
programs that can be implemented as a physical education or classroom wellness
curriculum, or as a before or after-school program, or as a community-based
youth running program. The emphasis of this program is on participation and
developing a healthy lifestyle as opposed to being a competitive running
program. The Program Guide is a full-color, 40-page educational curriculum
divided into eight lesson plans, with a bonus ninth lesson on competitive running.
Each lesson plan can be taught during a one-hour class period over an 8-week
In 2007, the RRCA developed the Kids Run the Nation Fund to assists
running clubs, events, and schools that are interested in implementing
or currently have a youth running program. This small grant program is
funded by restricted contributions from RRCA members, individuals,
foundations, and corporations. Grants are awarded on an annual basis
through an application and selection process overseen by a volunteer
selection committee. Learn more.
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