JUST RUN® - Program Features
|The alarming rise in childhood obesity, and the lack of physical activity in our youth, prompted the organizers of the Big Sur International Marathon to create JUST RUN®. JUST RUN assists schools and youth organizations by offering a SOLUTION, an ongoing, vital youth fitness program to create lifestyle changes. This highly acclaimed program was honored and given a Gold Medal by Governor Schwarzenegger's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for "positively impacting the health and well-being of California's children and youth."|
For schools that have lost P.E. funding, JUST RUN is an answer to the question, "How do I provide quality and effective physical activity for my students?" Also, JUST RUN is an excellent supplement to existing physical education programs. It easily lends itself to before, during, or after school implementation. Schools, teachers, leaders and/or parents who are interested should contact Susan Love at the Big Sur Marathon office at 831.625.6226 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUST RUN promotes FITNESS, HEALTHY EATING, GOOD CITIZENSHIP, and PRIDE IN ACCOMPLISHMENT!
If you would like to give each one of your participating runners a "JUST RUN Club Card" when they begin the program, click HERE to download and print. The cards can also be accessed in the Forms section of the website. The cards are best printed on heavy paper or card stock.
1. JUST RUN across the United States and Europe – JUST RUN Across the United States and JUST RUN Across Europe allow classes to cooperatively accumulate mileage in “virtual runs” that are tracked on the website. Hundreds of geographic, historical, nutritional, and fun locations are WEB-LINKED throughout these educational journeys. This program feature lends itself for use as a history or geography lesson; the children can study the locations that their group passes through on their way across the USA and through Europe. The children also develop a sense of pride as they contribute their personal mileage to assist the group in reaching a common goal.
The leader records individual mileage and the group's progress is automatically reflected on the group's map.
The main screen for JUST RUN Across the USA and Europe shows the total number of children enrolled, the number of JUST DEEDS earned, and the total number of miles run by all JUST RUN participants.
The following web page shows an example of a child and his school/group, indicating the total number of JUST DEEDS and miles run for the whole group, and also for that individual child. You can also see the path across the United States, with their current position marked by the JUST RUN shoe in the vicinity of Chicago.
The next screen shows the links associated with the locations through which the children have passed on their journey.
The last screen shows the JUST DEEDS log and running log for this child, Joel.
Instructions for entering a child to your group, as well as recording mileage and Just Deeds, are found in the Leader/Teacher Quick Start Guide.
2. INDIVIDUALLY the children experience the benefits of physical activity and stretching, progress at their own speed in a safe, non-competitive environment, experience pride in personal accomplishment and goal setting. Most important, they learn life-long positive habits while having FUN!
3. The WEBSITE provides all of the information necessary to set the program in motion. Also included are promotional materials, all necessary and helpful forms, fitness tips for students and volunteer leaders, diet and nutrition advice, local events and activities for students, a downloadable running log, and a way to compare your school or group’s progress with others in the program.
4. JUST DEEDS - in conjunction with running and physical activity, this program feature promotes good citizenship and good deeds. CONGRATULATIONS certificates are provided when students accumulate mileage totals up to the marathon distance of 26 miles and have performed 26 acts of good citizenship. At 50 miles, a JUST RUN shirt is awarded.
5. Depending upon locale, the JUST RUN team may be able to provide clinics and demonstrations and/or assembly presentations at your school or organization site. If possible, training for leaders/volunteers is available.
6. JUST RACE – The Big Sur International Marathon provides funds to schools based on school participation in the JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K run on the Saturday prior to marathon day in late April. Another JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K is held prior to the BSIM half marathon in November. We are encouraging and actively working with other race directors to add fun runs and races for children to each adult race and to establish separate children only races and fun runs.
7. JUST RUN FROM DRUGS – this program emphasizes a drug and smoke free lifestyle and encourages children to develop healthy habits.
8. The JUST TASTE program feature encourages healthy eating. The website also offers a vast amount of nutritional information. Leaders are encouraged to collaborate with local health organizations and nutritional experts to achieve health and fitness goals.
9. JUST WALK OR ROLL – the JUST RUN program includes children with disabilities or those who want to accumulate mileage and be active by walking or who are wheel chair bound.
10. JUST RUN WITH YOUR PARENTS – promotes family participation. Children are rewarded when other family members join them in physical activity.
11. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE for children who need running shoes or clothes may be possible.
12. IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE OF MONTEREY COUNTY you are welcome to participate! Although we can only provide free incentives to schools and youth organizations in Monterey County, we can provide use of the website, brochures, posters, and assistance. We are looking forward to working with you to promote youth fitness in your locale. Feel free to E-mail Susan Love at email@example.com or Mike Dove at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for additional information.
13. IF YOU ARE A MONTEREY COUNTY LEADER for the JUST RUN program, you will receive the following from the Big Sur International Marathon’s JUST RUN program:
a. Access to the comprehensive JUST RUN website and the many features of the program, along with information for children, parents, teachers and group leaders on leading active lifestyles and eating properly
b. A school visit and orientation presentation for the children will be arranged if possible
c. Incentive awards for participating children in grades K – 8. A Mile Marker chart, bookmark, and plastic foot will be provided when they begin the program, followed by mileage tokens when they reach their goals of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 50, 75, and 100 miles. The children receive wristbands when they reach accumulated mileage of 25, 50, 75, and 100.
- Certificates of CONGRATULATIONS for those accumulating 26 miles of running/walking and performing 26 "JUST DEEDS," and shirt awards for those accumulating 50 miles of running/walking and doing 26 "JUST DEEDS," which are acts of good citizenship or good deeds
- Incentives for high school programs: Students will receive Be A Champion card from USA Track and Field when they begin. When they reach 25 miles they will receive GO FOR THE GOLD JUST RUN shoe laces, followed by a JUST RUN shirt at the 50-mile mark and an entry for the Big Sur International Marathon’s 5K or the Run Forrest Run 5K when they accumulate 100 miles
d. Training session for leaders in JUST RUN website use and implementation of the program
e. Online and phone advice
f. A password for using the JUST RUN across the USA or Europe features of the program
g. Colorful JUST RUN posters for each classroom
h. JUST RUN brochures explaining the program
i. JUST RUN shirts for the group leaders
j. JUST RUN jackets for group leaders after six months of successful implementation
k. Goal Races organized by the Big Sur International Marathon. The JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K races are held in conjunction with the November half marathon and the April marathon. Visit the “JUST RUN Special Interest” section of the website for additional events and races.
FOR A VISUAL PRESENTATION OF THE JUST RUN PROGRAM and AUDIO OF THE JUST RUN SONG, PLEASE VISIT THE INFORMATIONAL & TRAINING VIDEOS SECTION OF THIS WEBSITE.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE PROGRAM - for Leaders
Requirements of the Program (as found in the Liability Release Form Exhibit B)
The following conditions have been established for Leaders to ensure successful implementation of the JUST RUN program and rewarding experiences for participants:
1. Leader and/or additional Program Assistants, who may be either employees or volunteers, shall be responsible for operating the day-to-day activities of the Program.
2. Leaders will familiarize themselves with the program, advice, activities, and opportunities on the JUST RUN website.
3. Leader shall provide a safe activity area for the participating children.
4. Leader shall promote physical activity, with each participating group, at least twice a week, either during or after school.
5. Leader will encourage children to exercise.
6. Leader will record mileage for their group(s) and for individual children on a regular basis, and maintain it on the JUST RUN website.
7. Leader will encourage additional fun physical activity, good nutrition, and JUST DEEDS, as described on the Website.
8. Leader will encourage children to enter, prepare for, and participate in Goal Races, if such are available.
9. Leader and other Program Assistants shall encourage participants to provide a signed “JUST RUN Family and Student Contract” found in the Forms section of the JUST RUN Website.
10. Leader will encourage each child to complete the “Before and After Child/Family Evaluation.”
11. At the end of the school year or end of the Program cycle, Leader will complete a JUST RUN End of Year Compliance Form (sample attached and also available in the Forms section of the JUST RUN website).
12. Leader will not charge children for participation.
13. Leader shall be familiar with the portions of the BSIM website that provide guidance for handling medical and other emergencies. Leader shall also require all Assistants to be familiar with such procedures.