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    Just Run Program Suspended Until Further Notice

    The Big Sur Marathon Foundation, the major funding source for JUST RUN, has suffered severe financial repercussions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, we are unable to offer our youth fitness program at this time. The website remains available for informational use and as a physical activity resource. Effective October 1st, please use the Contact form for more info.

  • Just Run Kids and Coaches

    Just Run Program Suspended Until Further Notice

    The Big Sur Marathon Foundation, the major funding source for JUST RUN, has suffered severe financial repercussions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, we are unable to offer our youth fitness program at this time. The website remains available for informational use and as a physical activity resource. Effective October 1st, please use the Contact form for more info.

  • Kids Stretching, Just Run

    Just Run Program Suspended Until Further Notice

    The Big Sur Marathon Foundation, the major funding source for JUST RUN, has suffered severe financial repercussions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, we are unable to offer our youth fitness program at this time. The website remains available for informational use and as a physical activity resource. Effective October 1st, please use the Contact form for more info.

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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 200,000 children in 43 states have logged over 5,000,000 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

 

Testimonials

It was a very positive experience that myself and my students had from participating in the JUST RUN Program. To begin with it really got me involved in being more physically active for my own health; my kids saw this and wanted the same for themselves. I started running with my kids. This supported all students especially the ones that struggle due to childhood obesity. The students told me that they learned about never giving up. They also said that peers became a huge support. They got parents involved. My students including myself are learning to live and lead healthier lives and continue to stay active. This is a win-win situation for all teachers, students, and parents who become involved.

Jennifer, Prunedale, CA

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JUST RUN Tip

Recommended Drills

Recommended drills to improve flexibility, balance, and strength, and to prepare young muscles to run without injury can be found on the Training Videos page and on the Warm-Up and Stretches page.

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?

NYSS Champion

NYSS Champion badge

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is pleased to recognize Just Run as one of the first organizations to join the National Youth Sports Strategy (NYSS) Champion program. As an NYSS Champion, Just Run has demonstrated their organization’s support of youth sports and commitment to the NYSS vision. Just Run will be recognized along with other NYSS Champions on health.gov as part of a growing network of organizations partnering with HHS to improve the youth sports landscape.

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.

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