- Skyridge Morning Mile
News 10 Good Morning - Skyridge Olympics (VIDEO)
Auburn Journal - Rock Creek School
Douglas County, NV Record-Courier - Jacks Valley Elementary
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.
Kaiser Permanente Thrive Program - This progressive
health care company's Community Health Initiative supports
Running School's grass roots effort to promote youth fitness and
Globe - Former professional duathlete Mike Marckx and
his board sports, footwear and apparel company has generously
donated certificates for exciting, cool Globe footwear as
Running School prizes.
Heating and Air - Voted as business of the
year by the Chamber of Commerce, owners Randy and Cheryl Maki
are tireless promoters of Auburn charities.
Specialized Water Bottles -
Chuck Robinson has
allocated thousands of beautiful, custom-designed Running School
water bottles for kids prizes!
Brandon Gress in Calif and Laura
Alba in Nevada bring their mobile smoothie cart to the finish
line and deliver kids a healthy treat as reward for a job well
done! Response among recipients has been ice cold.
- One of the market leaders in healthy
nutrition for kids. Clif's Peter Berridge has supported the
program with thousands of healthy products from their new,
Clif Kid product line, which we dispense at the finish of
racing or fun runs.
Baker's Breakfast Cookies - Owner Erin Baker is an
enthusiastic promoter of kids health and fitness, emphasizing
the importance of healthy breakfast and providing nutritious
products for every Running School participant to make this
Mrs May's Natural Products - Jonathan Son has generously
allocated tons of individual size snack bags in many flavors of
their classic crunch products.
24 Hour Fitness - Linnell Killus has donated free membership
certificates to support teachers and parent volunteers of
Runners ID.com - Larry Osborne has dispensed gift
certificates for kids to order a custom ID tag with pertinent
information, promoting kids safety
Email now about how we can add your company to this list of
Welcome to the First Edition of the Running School Email
We are off and running with our
six partner schools for this fall semester and the response has
been outstanding! We present a mixture of competitive "Olympics"
days, where kids race a half-mile (one-mile
for middle schools) as well as a 40-yard sprint . Times are
recorded and posted at
runningschool.org, where we have links to data for each
school. Our current partner schools are:
Auburn Elementary School - Auburn, CA
Cambridge Heights Elementary School - Citrus Heights, CA
Jacks Valley Elementary School - Minden, NV
EV Cain Middle School - Auburn, CA
Rock Creek Elementary - Auburn, CA
Skyridge Elementary School - Auburn, CA
We interact with a total of
3,050 students at these campuses. The program template
calls for us to conduct the competitive events twice each
semester, with an additional day devoted to a non-competitive
timed run around a fun obstacle/agility course with music, fun
and participant prizes. By tracking kids times in the distance race, we produce
quantifiable data about fitness improvement in our population,
particularly the at-risk kids who we aspire to bring into the
Cooper Institute's Healthy Fitness Zone. At our
Getting Kids Fit link you can learn the details about how we
measure kids fitness.
We have generated interest from numerous other schools, both distant
and near, wishing to take part in the program. We are currently
devising a program where we can present a single day event that
will acquaint the schools with the program components, train
teachers to present effective, fun cardiovascular physical
education and inspire schools to emphasize cardiovascular
fitness over the long-term on their campuses. We have assembled an
outstanding team for our young organization. Meet our
Coaching and Office Staff ,
Executive Board and
Advisory Board members at our web site.
The school year kicked off with a series of
School Assemblies to
introduce the program to kids, discuss the importance of staying
active and making healthy dietary choices and get them psyched
to participate with an exciting 4-minute promotional video.
assemblies featured a special guest - champion distance runner
and Running School Advisory Board member Lindsay Hyatt-Barr. Lindsay is a 3-time national high school
champion at 800 meters and won NCAA middle-distance
championships for Stanford and Tennessee. Lindsay, who grew up
in Auburn and won an unequaled four state 800-meter titles at
Placer High in Auburn, spoke to her hometown kids about the fun,
personal satisfaction and camaraderie available through running,
placing the focus on simply doing your best instead of worrying
or fearing competitive situations and how athletics can open
other doors throughout life (Lindsay graduated from Stanford on
a full athletic scholarship and current works in fund raising
for the Stanford Athletic Department).
Skyridge Morning Mile a Big Hit!
We've launched an amazing new pilot program at our flagship
school called the Skyridge
Principal Doris Chandler (Running School Advisory Board member) has
allocated the first 10 minutes of the school day to running. The
early bell rings, kids drop their backpacks and walk, jog or run
at their own pace around the new half-mile
Skyridge Fitness Trail that we built this summer circling
campus. Teachers and many parents join the kids on the trail.
The Morning Mile and other fitness programs at Skyridge have
helped make fitness a central element of the school culture. The
result: 86% of Skyridge kids meet the national "Healthy Fitness
Zone" standard for distance running, 99%+ improve their
half-mile race times over the course of the year, with an
aggregate improvement of 25% and eleven kids exceeded the 100th
percentile standard for the half-mile race. We aim to inspire
other schools to implement a Morning Mile program; logistics are
simple - a few parents volunteer for safety along the course for
only ten minutes a day - but the impact is tremendous.
The Auburn Journal did a feature
story on the Morning Mile Oct 2nd!
KCRA Channel 3 Sacramento (NBC
network affiliate) chronicled the event recently in a
program highlighted by the stunning visual of kids pouring onto
the trail from all directions of campus to begin their exercise.
Check our web site to watch the video soon!
We Appreciate Your Donation
Please consider a tax deductible
donation to our 501(c)3 non-profit organization, so
that we may serve as many kids as possible. Our streamlined,
kids-focused budget equates an annual cost of $29 per
student for the complete
program. A few clicks at our on-line donation form is all it takes (you can also download form and mail a donation). We sincerely appreciate
your contribution of any comfortable amount, whether it's a
token or a fortune. Please contact me by email or phone (530-888-9911) for more information, thanks!
Executive Director, Running School, Inc.