• Just Run Website

    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 125,000 children in 39 states have logged over 3,500,000 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 Wraps Up with a Record Year

Aug 1 2017
Kids run for JUST RUN

    JUST RUN, the award-winning youth fitness program operating through the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, has completed the 2016-17 academic year with its highest totals in all categories since the inception of the program 13 years ago.
    A total of 20,261 children took part in JUST RUN at their school site either during the school day or in before and/or after school programs. Aimed at students ages 5-12, the majority of children were primarily elementary school aged students. The previous record of students participating was in 2015 with a total of 18,333.

Testimonials

The JUST RUN Program has been a very positive experience for me and my class of 26 third graders.  Many of my students are eager to go up to our track to run.  A few of them pace with each other (or complete with each other).  I predict a few of them have the makings for marathon runners!  In addition to this, it has been a good tie-in with a science unit I am teaching on nutrition and healthy habits.  Also, many parents are happy to know their children are picking up healthy habits.

Mary, Third Grade Teacher

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JUST RUN Tip

Run with the Principal Day

One great program idea is the Run with the Principal day started by Pepper Butler at New Republic School in Salinas. Pepper has a few days per week as part of the JUST RUN program where students can "Run with the Principal". Pepper gets in her own run and many many kids tag along with her.

This is usually done on the track or the athletic field. Its amazing how many kids are motivated to run, be healthy, and stay active, by seeing that their principal does the same thing.

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.