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   November, 2010

We Appreciate Your Donation
Please consider a DONATION to help us serve more students. We operate a very lean, streamlined program where your contribution dollar has a direct impact on getting kids moving!

Media Coverage

KCRA Channel 3 Bananaman Skyridge Morning Mile (VIDEO)

Douglas County, NV Record-Courier - Jacks Valley Elementary

Sacramento Bee feature story: Small Victories, Big Success

Running School Promo Video (3 min)

Title Sponsor

Big George Ventures LLC - our title sponsor has funded our program to ensure financial viability for the next three years. Big George is developing eco-friendly affordable housing in the Carson Valley area. They funded a spectacular new athletic complex at Douglas High School, another at South Tahoe Middle School, startup funding for an ambitious shuttle service between Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe, numerous other fitness and health-related programs to support a healthy community, both locally and beyond. Big George Principal Dr. Ray Sidney is Running School's Vice President and passionate endurance athlete.

Email now about how we can add your company to this list of generous sponsors!

Running School Year Four Kicks Off With Nine Schools

We are pleased to continue long-term relations with many fantastic schools. Our partner schools are hand-picked on the basis of interest and support on-campus for kids fitness and a desire to serve a broad socioeconomic group.

Here is our lineup for the 2010-2011 year with last years' Healthy Fitness Zone results. The students worked hard over the course of the school year and showed steady improvement, culminating with an exceptional overall Healthy Fitness Zone* passing rate of 82.5% organization-wide:

  • Auburn Elementary School - 88% passing Healthy Fitness Zone
  • Cambridge Heights Elementary School (Citrus Heights) - 81% passing
  • Dewey Fundamental School (Fair Oaks) - 86% passing
  • EV Cain Middle School (Auburn) - 79% passing
  • First Street Elementary School (Lincoln) - 88% passing
  • Garden Valley Elementary School (North Highlands) - 75% passing
  • Jacks Valley Elementary School (Minden, NV) - 79% passing
  • Rock Creek Elementary School (Auburn) - 76% passing
  • Skyridge Elementary School (Auburn) - 91% passing

* - The Healthy Fitness Zone is a nationwide performance standard for aerobic fitness that we use as the primary Running School benchmark for kids fitness and program impact. The Healthy Fitness Zone time is graded by age and sex and represents a performance indicitave of a child getting sufficient physical activity to be considered healthy. For example, the Healthy Fitness Zone time for 5th grade boys in the one-mile run is 11 minutes, 30 seconds. The California statewide average is 60% HFZ passing rate (from a 2005 CDE study of 5th graders), so our program participants deserve accolades for exceeding the standard substantially.

NEW Whole Foods Running School Family Fun Run and Health Expo: January 23, 2011!

We're excited to announce a wonderful partnership with Whole Foods Market in Roseville, CA to produce a grand-scale event this winter. We have a very prominent start/finish venue at Whole Foods in the beautiful Fountains Shopping Center, coupled with an incredibly scenic, traffic-free run course, as we quickly get runners on the Roseville bike trail system.

Events are 5k, 10k, 13.1-mile and kids 1-mile fun run - runners, walkers, strollers and pets welcome! The race day expo in the Whole Foods parking lot will feature kids entertainment options (bounce house, rock wall, etc), delicious healthy foods, and other health-promoting exhibitors. We expect 1,000 runners in year one and hope to grow quickly to several thousand!

Small Victories, Big Success

Sacramento Bee columnist Sam McManis tracked 5th grader Mikel MacDonald, one of our Running School students at First Street Elementary in Lincoln for several months, as she and her family attempted to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Super Fundraiser Paige Roper!

Auburn 7th grader Paige Roper, a Running School program participant since first grade, has been doing creative fundraising for Running School for the past two years. Here's how Paige's program works: First, she and mom Erica set up collection stations at local elementary schools for discarded juice boxes made of durable waterproof material. Then, they take the sticky mess home and painstakingly wash out the juice remnants, which involves soaking them in bathtub and running through dishwasher cycles.

With clean product ready, they head over to Paige's grandma Laurie Soper's house, where she uses her expert sewing skills to craft a variety of handbags, purses, wallets and other unique products bursting with color and creativity. The items are then sold at Tsuda's Deli in downtown Auburn. Proceeds are earmarked for Running School as well as the Malayaka House for orphans in Uganda."I love doing something with my mom and grandma, and the money goes to a good cause," says Paige. "Running School has been a fun and important part of my school for a long time. If the kids are going to drink these sugary drinks, at least they can burn the energy off at Running School, and we can raise some money from the empty containers!," added Paige.

Running School Needs Your Help!

The mission of our organization is to promote healthy, active lifestyles for kids with hands-on, grass-roots, maximum-impact activities. When I started Running School in 2007, I noticed tons of media coverage and general awareness about the unfit kids problem, admirable policy-level efforts to help kids lead healthy lifestyles (such as the great legislation promoted by our Advisory Board member and recently elected State Superintendent of Public Schools Tom Torlakson), but not enough direct action to combat the problem.

In essence, Running School is about raising heart rates, burning calories, and inspiring kids to enjoy these activities that they are naturally adapted for but have been deprived of in modern life. We are satisfied to work with a reasonable number of devoted partner schools where we can give them the optimal amount of time and energy they need to have a campus dedicated and aware of the importance of fitness, in balance with their many classroom objectives.

Our small organization is committed to spending almost all of our time interacting with kids and getting them moving! We are not diluting your contribution dollar with additional fundraising or other non-direct impact objectives or expenditures. Consequently, we really need your help to keep this organization lean, focused and sustainable for the future. Please consider a contribution to Running School of any amount you are comfortable with.


Your contribution is 100% tax deductible and you will receive a letter/receipt for tax records. Thanks for your consideration!

Brad Kearns
Executive Director, Running School, Inc.