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Step-by-Step, this is how to get a JUST RUN Program up and running!

We are pleased that you will be implementing JUST RUN and appreciate your desire to promote youth fitness. Your enthusiasm and commitment will ensure your success!

Keep in mind the goals of the JUST RUN program – an opportunity for children to learn about running and physical activity in a fun environment, one which encourages pride in accomplishment. There is a link between their lifetime health and being active & eating properly. It is their choice.

If you have any questions about the program please use our contact form to reach Susan Love.

Getting Started - Please read this section carefully, particularly the accordions at the bottom of the page.


Become familiar with the many facets and features of JUST RUN. Explore JUST RUN Across the USA, Just Deeds, and Just Taste. Review the Forms section on the website. This program was designed to be “turn-key.” View the training videos for suggested relays and drills, for proper running and form techniques, and to hear the JUST RUN song.


Read the Liability Release Form, which contains the Terms and Conditions.


Submit your Volunteer Application online.


Your information and group(s) will be entered into our database. You will designate a password to access your group. Only one coordinator needs to submit an application for a school. Additional teachers, and their classes, can be listed on the coordinator's submission. Email the program director if additional teachers would like to participate at a later date. Once your application has been entered into the database, you will be notified and then you'll be set to enter children's names, to record their mileage and Just Deeds, and to have FUN! We suggest your youth running group for "Run Across the USA" have no more than 40 children. The accumulated mileage of groups with too many children may get them across the USA (or Europe) and back too quickly. If you have more than 40 children, separate them into groups based on grade level or class, for example.


Click on Run Across the USA

  • In the blue Administrators box, click Login
  • Enter your user name and password and then click the Login button
  • Now you can add children, add mileage and deeds earned, record and compare mile times, and view incentive awards earned.

Please see How to Add Children to your Group, below, for adding children. Other helpful information: How to Record Mileage for your Group, and How to Record Mile Times to Evaluate Children's Progress.


The “Training and Running Tips for Leaders” section of the website provides a wealth of information for the successful implementation of your program, especially the sections on:

  • Measuring your Running Course
  • Advice from Successful Programs
  • Recording Mileage for Running Across the USA and Europe
  • Typical Workout Session

We will continue to update and add new advice and workouts to this section. If you have something that works for your group, please use the contact form to share it with us so we can post it for other groups to use.


Give each child / parent the address of the site (www.justrun.org) so they may use it as a resource and as a reference. Explain the program and the Run Across the USA or Europe features. Thus, they will be able to track their group's progress, as well as their own, as they “travel across the USA or Europe.” They will be able to view the many interesting geographical, historical, nutritional, and fun sites along the way.


Find and measure your course(s) and pick times and days when your group will meet and participate.


Be sure to take advantage of the many forms found in this Quick Start Guide section. These include a JUST RUN Welcome and Instructions – Sample Letter, Just Deeds Form, Running Log, and Mile Marker signs, for example, and a JUST RUN Club Card when they begin the program. The cards are best printed on heavy paper or card stock. 


All leaders can easily keep track of children's incentive award achievements.  See the section below HOW TO TRACK INCENTIVE AWARDS.


All leaders can take advantage of the printable online mileage incentive cards to present to their students for designated mileage goal achievements.

Mileage Incentive Cards are available on the JUST RUN Forms page.

For leaders in locales sponsored by the JUST RUN program (Monterey, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties in CA) the INCENTIVE SCHEDULE IS AS FOLLOWS.

  • 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.
  • A 30 inch ball-chain necklace will be sent along with the same number of designated #5 tokens. So that the children can proudly wear and keep track of their earned mileage incentives.
  • The children receive wristbands when they reach accumulated mileage of 25, 50, 75, and 100.

  • JUST RUN shirt awards are provided for children accumulating 50 miles of running/walking and have completed 26 Just Deeds, the good citizenship component of the program. Be sure to enter sizes for your children.
  • Incentives for high school programs: Students will receive a Be a Champion card from USA Track and Field when they begin. When they reach 50 miles they will receive Go for the Gold JUST RUN shoe laces, followed by an entry for the Big Sur International Marathon’s 5K or 3K when they accumulate 100 miles.
  • Incentives will be sent to the school's coordinator following the 1st and 15th of each month.


We are eager to assist you in any way possible. Also be aware that we may be able to provide informational clinics and leader training sessions for schools and youth organizations. Please use our contact form for any questions or requests.

Please note: Names, mileage, and Just Deeds are deleted on August 1st in preparation for the new school year. Leaders must re-submit an updated volunteer application.

How to Add Children to Your Group
  • Login to the Just Run app as described in Step 5 above.
  • Once you're logged in, click on the blue box Add Student.
  • For each student you want to add, enter a Nickname, First Name, Last Name, Shirt Size and Class. (The nickname is usually the same as the child's first name, but if two kids have the same first name, make their nicknames different, such as Mary1 and Mary2.)
  • Click on the Save button to finish adding the student.
  • Click on Add New to enter the next student.
  • You can import a list of multiple students in spreadsheet form by clicking on the Import Students button associated with the class.
How to Record Mileage for Your Group
  • Log into the Just Run app as described in Step 5 above.
  • Once you're logged in, click on the Miles/Deeds/Times tab at the top of the page.
  • Use the drop-downs to choose a school and class (if necessary).
  • Click on the Add Miles button.
  • You can add mileage for each child individually, or use the Update All field to add the same number of miles to all children at once.
  • After all mileage has been updated, click on the Save button at the bottom of the page.
  • Update on a regular basis, preferably at least every two weeks.
  • JUST RUN encourages students to run/walk outside of the school setting. Visit the Forms page to download a printable log for the students to use. Every couple of weeks, add the extra miles to the children who have run outside of school and with parents. If a child runs with a parent he/she gets double miles. 
  • Upon reaching the east coast (3,220 miles) you can download and print the "Run Across the USA" Certificate of Completion to display in your classroom.
How Incentive Awards Are Tracked

As you log miles and deeds for the children in your group, running totals will be tracked for each of them. Those totals will be used both to display progress on the JUST RUN Across the USA homepage for all participants to view and to track incentive awards. To track incetive awards, log onto your class and click on the GREEN box Incentive Awards.  The screen will show Green boxes with an R, meaning that those mileage goals were achieved and the student/students have received the awards that you gave to them.  Red boxes with an E indicate what a student/students have earned and need to be rewarded for having achieved that mileage goal.  Update after you have awarded your students.  The E boxes will assist in creating a list for you to order, purchase, or make for each student.


After the 1st and 15th of each month, in designated counties only, JUST RUN program staff will ship awards earned to each school's coordinator.  If you autmatically receive awards, you do not have to update this form.  It will be automatically updated as the awards are processed and mailed.

How to Record Mile Times to Evaluate Children's Progress
  • Log in as described in Step 5 above.
  • Once you're logged in, click on the Miles/Deeds/Times tab at the top of the page.
  • Click on the Add Times button.
  • Add the time the student ran for the mile (MM:SS means minutes and seconds.) The first mile time recorded will be stored as a reference. The next mile time entered can be viewed to show comparative progress. 
  • After mile times have been updated, you'll see time entries for all students on the Miles/Deeds/Times page, and you'll be able to see details for each student by clicking on the Times button for that student.
Tips for Recording Mileage

Mileage should be credited for those in the program based on actual mileage run and/or walked. Biking and other sports do not count. Mileage a child runs with his or her parents may be counted as double; this encourages families to run together. (Distribute the Running Log in the Forms section.)

Regularly update the children’s mileage on the website. On days when you do drills, rather than lap or track running/walking, estimate the distance that a child covered in the workout. A good guide is one mile for each 15 minutes of uninterrupted relays and/or drills.