278 Miles Logged

We just finished our sixth week of Run SMART Kids practices at NEST+m, a public school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We’re proud to report that our 4th grade group, made up of boys and girls, has logged 278 miles so far! We also had our second 1-mile time trial to track their fitness improvements. On average, the kids improved their time by 34.57 seconds¬†in just five weeks!

What was most striking was the effort put forth by every student. These are 4th graders and they were out there focused to beat their previous personal best. It was amazing to watch. Our fastest student ran 6:45 which is the fastest we’ve ever seen for a 4th grader since we launched the program three years ago. What was more impressive was his effort and determination and how he pushed through the toughest part of the run.

We see it every week – kids love to run! We just have to give them more opportunities and create a fun environment for them to do so.

Run SMART Kids Racking Up The Laps (VIDEO)

Run SMART Kids are up to 15 laps without stopping at The Anderson School as part of their training towards a 3k race at the end of the program. So far the group has logged 211 miles in four weeks!

Run SMART Kids Featured In Youth Runner Magazine

We’re excited about our mention in Youth Runner Magazine announcing the launch of Run SMART Kids in New York City.

The Run SMART Project has launched Run SMART Kids, a youth running program for 4th, 5th and 6th graders of all athletic levels. The Run SMART Project aims to promote health and fitness by teaching kids how to properly train for a race.

Run SMART Kids Run Central Park

Run SMART Kids – Anderson School finished their 12-week program today in Central Park, culminating with a one lap race around the reservoir.

Stretching before their race.

Run SMART Kids Kicks Off At Fourth School In NYC

Yesterday, Run SMART Kids kicked off at PS 77, Lower Lab School – our fourth school in New York City! We’re working with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students there.

One of the best parts of the first day was how confident the kids were about how many gym laps they could run without stopping. Some said up to forty which was pretty cool. But a few learned quickly they’ll have to pace themselves a little better if they want to reach their goal by the end of the program.

Preparing For A Race

One more session left in the first ever Run SMART Kids program at The Anderson School in New York City. This week we focused on “how to prepare for a race” to help the kids get ready for their mile fun run next week in Riverside Park. The handout for the day was broken down into three sections:¬† Before the Race, Day of Race and After the Race.

Our goal throughout the program was to teach the kids the basics about proper pacing, running form, stretching, nutrition, etc. but we also wanted to provide the full experience of what it’s like to train towards a goal and finish a race. They’ve worked hard logging their schoolyard laps each week so now it’s time for all that work to pay off! We’ll be handing out shirts and bib numbers at the fun run next week.

On Your Mark

Run SMART boys getting ready to start their run for the day.

Run SMART Kids Update #3

We just finished week #8 at The Anderson School on the Upper West Side. We’ve had a busy program thus far.

In week #4 we focused on proper running form, which included a bean bag relay at the end of the session. In Week #5 we focused on heart rate education showing the kids how to count their heart rate and measure it after different types of running efforts. In week #6 we did some classroom work on proper nutrition for runners. In week #7 we focused on our universal theme – proper pacing.

Run SMART Kids Warming Up

Run SMART kids warming up before their weekly lap run. Yesterday they did nine schoolyard laps and we’re proud to say they all finished without stopping! The goal is to get up to 16 laps without stopping by the end of the program. It’s taking time but all the points we’ve been stressing about proper pace are really starting to sink in. We quietly recorded their times for the nine laps and next week they’ll do a prediction contest to see who can pace themselves closest to their predicted time.