Get Kids RunningPosted on Jul 10th 2009 11:00AM by Bev Sklar
Filed Under: Fit Family
|Photo: Kate Gardiner/Tim Taliaferro 2009, Flickr|
Parent runners have an instant fan club -- their kids. Whether or not you're into the sport, here are a few ways to spark your child's interest in running:
- Train Yourself. OK, so you're not a runner. Break the chain and train for your first 5K. Sign up your kids for the Kid Fun Run or have them volunteer at the water station to cheer you on. Couch Potato to 5K offers practical beginner tips to gradually get you in shape for race day.
- Running Rocks. Find a youth running program in your area with Running Rocks' convenient directory.
- Backyard Track and Field. Set up a track and field day at home. Time neighborhood kids in the 50 and 100-yard dash, measure their long-jumps, 12" softball shot put and frisbee discus. Don't forget the 4x100 relay with baton. Or look for a track camp in your area. Don't forget to schedule family time to watch an upcoming track and field event on TV or attend a local high school competition next season.
- Buy This Book. If you really want the ins and outs of youth running, purchase "Kids Running: Have Fun, Get Faster & Go Farther" by Carol Goodrow. Her page over at Kids Running.com outlines distance limits for young children, tips for your child's first Kid Fun Run, creative running games and much, much more. And don't miss her personal site which includes the new Muddy Dog Running Log offering a special kid running/walking incentive prize by USA Track and Field.
- Youth Runner Magazine. Stay on the pulse of the youth running scene. Put this icon on your kids' computer desktop and help them sign up today.