The recommended group size is 8-16 participants. We recommend participants to be separated by gender and age groups: boys 8-10 years old, boys 11-13 years old, girls 8-10 years old, and girls 11-13 years old.
Why do you split the groups up by age and gender?
Our research has found that kids are more likely to engage in meaningful discussion and exert full effort in exercises when they are separated by gender. The age breakdown is suggested to keep conversations age-appropriate The adolescent/pre-teen age is a time of change physically and emotionally, our goal is to meet kids where they’re at with applicable discussion points and physical challenges. All that said we also have found that keeping all ages and genders on the same curriculum works better for some communities. So we just give you the option on how to run the program.
Why do you start at 8 years old?
Our extensive research has indicated 8 years old is an appropriate time from a physical standpoint for kids to willingly attempt a 5k run (3.1 miles). Also, our research has found 8-13 years old to be a crucial time in kids’ lives as they begin making their own decisions, developing physically and mentally, and eagerly absorbing and trying new things. Our desire is to reach kids during this time and give them the tools they need to make good decisions, learn about the power within them, and love themselves more through running.
Do I have to be a runner to conduct or coach the program?
No! The Coordinator and the Coach do not need to be runners. What a great way to get into the sport, though!
How long is the program?
The program is a 12-week, 24-lesson curriculum. We recommend 1 ½ hour sessions, twice a week. We found this to be an adequate amount of time to physically train for the 5k Final Run.