• Susan and Mike with kids, Just Run

    Welcome to the JUST RUN Program

    Wherever you're located, we're looking forward to partnering with you to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles in our children and youth. The name JUST RUN® epitomizes our guiding principles: ACTIVITY and SIMPLICITY. Our goal is to get as many children as possible RUNNING or WALKING or MOVING on a regular basis. JUST RUN® provides all of the tools necessary to make this possible!

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  • Just Run Kids and Coaches

    Welcome to the JUST RUN Program

    Wherever you're located, we're looking forward to partnering with you to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles in our children and youth. The name JUST RUN® epitomizes our guiding principles: ACTIVITY and SIMPLICITY. Our goal is to get as many children as possible RUNNING or WALKING or MOVING on a regular basis. JUST RUN® provides all of the tools necessary to make this possible!

    CLICK TO GET STARTED

  • Kids Stretching, Just Run

    Welcome to the JUST RUN Program

    Wherever you're located, we're looking forward to partnering with you to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles in our children and youth. The name JUST RUN® epitomizes our guiding principles: ACTIVITY and SIMPLICITY. Our goal is to get as many children as possible RUNNING or WALKING or MOVING on a regular basis. JUST RUN® provides all of the tools necessary to make this possible!

    CLICK TO GET STARTED

JUST RUN - National Award-Winning Youth Fitness Program

This website-based program assists schools and youth organizations throughout the United States and foreign countries in the promotion of physical activity & healthy lifestyles. Outstanding success! Since the development of JUST RUN in 2005, more than 108,000 children in 37 states have logged over 3,100,000 miles.

Benefits for Children

Benefits for Teachers

  • Combats childhood obesity
  • Promotes pride in accomplishment and life-long positive habits
  • Non-competitive - all children are successful
  • A fun experience for children of all ages
  • Group goal setting
  • Educational through JUST RUN Across the USA/Europe
  • Good citizenship through Just Deeds
  • Healthy eating through Just Taste
  • FREE
  • Easy to implement and turn-key
  • Training, advice, and support provided
  • Excellent resource guide for health-related topics
  • Raises academic and fitness test scores
  • Supplements or fulfills physical activity requirements
  • Improves students' focus and behavior
  • Graduate units (CEUs) available via UOP

 

Spotlight

JUST RUN Chosen as Highlighted Running Program for New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race -- JUST RUN schools have a chance to win a free portable stereo system!

Nov 2 2016

JUST RUN, the award-winning youth fitness program of the Big Sur International Marathon, has been selected as one of a handful of national programs featured by the New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race.

The Race is challenging America’s schools to collectively run, jog, and walk one billion miles. Participation by schools is easy and completely free, and by sharing their miles, schools make themselves eligible for exciting grants and prizes.

Testimonials

Thank you again for such a wonderful program. I know our kids at La Mesa learned so much (as well as I) and so very many of them have gained a love of running and racking up their miles. The website was a wealth of information for me - I was an unsuspecting volunteer for the PE program and very intimidated at the beginning of the year - JUST RUN gave me such a drive to make this program work at each grade level, and a vehicle to make PE not only fun, but provide a solid foundation that the kids will hopefully build on in the future.

Stephanie, CA

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JUST RUN Tip

Advice from a Successful Program - Porter Youth Center

Megan Okui, one of our CSUMB student assistants, reports that the Porter Youth Center had access to a regulation track. They used the track one day a week.

When the kids first get to the track they do a series of stretches and hold them to a count of 10. After stretching they ran laps and used a hand stamp to record laps for each child.

As each child finished a designated number of laps - increasing each session from 2 to 3 to 4 to 5, etc. then the child would go to one of several exercise station areas.

There were exercise stations designated for jumping jacks, push ups, and sit ups. After the exercises a warm down lap or two was run.

The children also enjoyed competition like 100 meter sprints against each other, with the winners advancing from each group to race against each other. They also liked to run one lap to beat a designated time - like everyone run faster than 2 minutes.

One special workout most kids enjoyed was a backwards challenge. To mix up the running on the track, they were challenged to run backwards the entire time for one lap without stopping or to do some out of the ordinary thing besides running.

One interesting idea is to get children who usually stand and talk to "walk while they talk" at recesses from school or during lunch time. Especially if they were pedometers this walking while talking gives them quite a bit of unexpected exercise.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get started?
Do we need to pay a fee to register for the program?
Can I register at any time or only at the beginning of the school year?
My school cannot afford to buy incentives. How should we award the kids?
What are JUST RUN Chapters?

JUST RUN Drill

Sample Warm Up Drills

It is very important to warm up the body before running or walking or doing any sports activity. Here are some sample warm up drills: Remember - no bouncing without warming up first.

  • Reach for the Stars - Stand straight and tall and reach as high as you can 5 times with each arm.
  • Sunflower - form a sunflower (circle) with arms over head and open and bend like a squat while reaching for the ground - then back up again - 5 times.
  • Volcano - make whooshing sounds as you bend down and reach for the ground - then stand up straight and tall and reach for the sky.
  • Shake it up - Shake the hands and feet at the same time for a minute.
  • Gentle Jumping Jacks - Jump gently with feet apart and hands reaching over head.
  • High Knee Running in place - Start slowly then move legs faster and higher while running in place.