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RUN@School Day Planning Kit

Here you will find everything you need to plan, promote, and host a RUN@School Day event in your community

Planning Your RUN@School Day Event

  1. RUN@School Day is the perfect time to launch a school running club that meets before, during or after school hours.
  2. Work with a local school(s) to gain support from teachers and administration to host a RUN@School event. Download the RUN@School Fact Sheet to share with school officials.
  3. Determine if you will host your event before school, during lunch, or immediately at the end of the school day, or at all three times.​
  4. Follow the RRCA Guidelines for Safe Events or RRCA Guidelines for Leading a Group Run.
  5. Plan a route for your participants.  Choose a central location where everyone can meet-up at the specified start time.  The route should be approximately 3-5K in distance to allow children to run or walk for at least 30-minutes.  A route can be an out and back from a central starting point or a loop course.  Use a mapping tool such as USATF’s America’s Running Routes to help you determine your route.  The course should be pedestrian friendly.
  6. Creating a tracking system so you can count the number of students that participate in your RUN@School Day Event. Be sure you have all event participants' guardians sign a waiver.
  7. Engage several volunteers to help organize the start and finish of the event.  Have a run leader, a mid-pack course marshal, and an end of the pack “sweeper” to ensure your participants are supported during the run/walk.

Promoting Your RUN@School Day Event

  1. With permission from your school, send an email to parents about your event.
  2. Order FREE copies of the RRCA RUN@School Day poster to hang around your school(s) or in our community centers to help promote your event.
  3. Work with a local sponsor or your PTA to provide incentives for your participants.  Utilize the RRCA’s Cafe Press Store to purchase buttons and t-shirts to give to participants.
  4. Provide a map of the planned route before the event.  We recommend keeping your RUN@School Day event on school grounds as much as possible.  If you need to leave school grounds, check with the school about special permission form requirements. Be sure to remind participants that your event will be a fun run or walk and that all participants should follow the rules.  See RRCA Guidelines for Leading a Group Run.
  5. Call into a local radio or TV station to give them information about your participation in National RUN@School Day and discuss the local event you are hosting and talk about healthy lifestyle choices including the importance of 60-minutes of exercise a day for children.
  6. Work with other get-active partners in your community such as your local YMCA, your local Parks & Recreation Department, etc. to assist with and to promote your event.
  7. Post your event on the RRCA RUN@WORK Facebook page.

RUN@School Day Follow-up

  1. Be sure to thank your RUN@School Day participants for running or walking 30-minutes.  Encourage them to continue running or walking 30 to 60-minutes every day.
  2. Be sure to share information participants about your school's running clubs or local events and how students can get involved.
  3. Start planning your RUN@School Day event for next year!

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