• 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

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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

Participating in the JUST RUN Program has been a very positive experience for me and my kindergarten class.  Physical Education is an important daily activity.  By participating in this program I saw myself taking the students out for P.E. more regularly.  I was also able to observe children become motivated to run every day.  Students built their endurance by being consistent with the JUST RUN Program.  They look forward to this part of the day. Students are forming habits that lead to healthier lifestyles.  JUST RUN had an impact on my students; when asked to run three laps around the track, one of my students ran seven laps!  This shows how exited my students are about running.  The JUST RUN Program should be implemented in every school!

Juana, Kindergarten Teacher, Monterey County, CA

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JUST RUN Tip

Advice from a Successful Program - El Gabilan

To get the teachers going, I have gone into some rooms and fixed them a JUST RUN bulletin board. I have taken the students out myself and did laps on the track. The activity they really like is Switcharoo. Runners find a partner, get back to back, and go in opposite directions with one walking and the other jogging. When they meet, they high-5 and switch walking and jogging. It gets them all moving because they have a partner depending on them. The JUST RUN bulletin boards in the hallway at school look good. If you can stop by sometime to see them, that would be great!  Cheryl Mattison

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.