Run SMART Kids kicked off at The Anderson School on the Upper West Side this week. Run SMART founder, Brian Rosetti and avid runner and Running Shorts contributor, Geoff Decker, will be coaching the kids throughout the 12 week program. The first day was a huge success. The kids got track bags courtesy of New York Running Co. and Run SMART folders which included a goals sheet and running log so they could track their schoolyard laps throughout the week. Some of the goals included
My first Run SMART Kids update…
Today at the Dwight School we started off with a quick warm-up and stretch in Central Park. The topic of the day was “learning how to pace yourself.” When working with youth runners you find out quickly they like to start runs very fast. Many get stuck in a sprint, stop, walk, sprint pattern and never realize their full potential or reap any of the benefits of the exercise.
This past May we mentioned we were still in the early phases of planning our after-school running initiative. Now, we’re one step closer to our goal of putting younger generations on a path towards a healthier lifestyle and a greater appreciation for something so natural – running. Starting this week in New York City we’ll be launching Run SMART Kids at The Dwight School and on September 28th at The Anderson School!
Recently, Run SMART got involved with The Dwight School in NYC to help with their after-school running program for 5th and 6th graders. The program is a great introduction to the sport and each day we focus on a different area whether it’s nutrition, pacing, proper running form, or proper stretching, etc. Regardless of whether the kids want to take this knowledge and compete on the junior high team when they’re older, it’s so important to keep them active at this age. Not only does running do this well it helps to develop long-term healthy habits, discipline and achievement.