• Susan and Mike with kids, Just Run

    Welcome to the JUST RUN Program

    Wherever you are located, we are 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 major 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!

  • Just Run Kids and Coaches

    Welcome to the JUST RUN Program

    Wherever you are located, we are 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 major 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!

  • Kids Stretching, Just Run

    Welcome to the JUST RUN Program

    Wherever you are located, we are 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 major 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!

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 100,000 children in 33 states have logged over 2,700,000 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

Measuring Youth Running

Jan 13 2016
Youth Survey
There is much data available about the number of adult runners who participate in organized events each year, with Running USA as a dominant source. But when it comes to the nation’s youngest runners, quantifiable tracking is much harder to achieve. In 2015, the Big Sur Marathon organization (BSIM) set out to change and improve that data set by conducting a Youth Running Program Survey.

Testimonials

I consider myself very fortunate to be part of the JUST RUN Program.  This is an excellent program that motivates students, teachers, parents and community members to practice physical fitness on a daily basis.  In my kindergarten class JUST RUN is part of our daily routine.  My students can't wait for this part of the day; running is an important part of their lives.  Kids are starting to understand the importance of doing exercise to keep themselves healthy.

Ana, Kindergarten Teacher, Prunedale, CA

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JUST RUN Tip

TRACKING WALL

One of the teachers at our school, Pacific Coast Christian School, had the idea to create a Tracking Wall. We ran off two shoe designs on card stock and had all of the kids color their own shoes. We laminated them and cut them out. The track is all colored masking tape.

When a child reaches a designated mileage goal, we move his/her shoe into that “miles run” area on wall. When a student reaches 100 miles, he gets a special sneaker sticker (found some on Amazon) on his shoe. I write 100, 200, etc. on the stickers. Then the shoe starts the track all over again.

Two of my girls spend a recess or two each week moving all the shoes. I give them a Just Deed for that.

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.