Maintenance might not sound like fun, but with Mighty Milers, it's easy. After you’ve draped a medal around the neck of a child who just completed their first marathon of miles, you’ll know why maintenance is so important. In this section we explain the basic management of a program—from recording laps to reaching us.
During each session, the Session Leader must record the number of laps each student runs/walks. Refer to Counting Laps in the Running Sessions section for great ideas on keeping track of everyone.
The Session Leader or Site Coordinator should transfer the reported mileage to STRIDES each week, or at a minimum, every two weeks. You may enter student mileage individually or update a group of students all at once.
If the end of your program cycle is several weeks away and a student is not going to make his or her goal, consider updating the goal to reflect one that he can still work to achieve. However, if your student has already achieved her goal and there are many more running sessions, you should update her goal so she has a new one to reach. Goals are easy to update using STRIDES.
Refer to the STRIDES User Guide for step-by-step instructions on many of the features of STRIDES, including recording student progress and updating goals.
Mighty Milers receive incentives from NYRR when they reach various milestones. For example, when a student reaches 26.2 miles, the equivalent of a marathon, he receives a medal.
Students can find the incentives they are eligible to earn listed on their homepage when they log into STRIDES. Classes can earn awards as well. They receive a congratulations poster for three milestones: 500, 1,000, and 2,500 miles.
NYRR is committed to shipping* incentives weekly to ensure that your kids receive their awards as close as possible to when they earn them. Incentives ship according to the mileage in STRIDES, so make sure you update the children's mileage regularly.
Each week we'll ship a box with the previous week's earned incentives. We will also e-mail the Site Coordinator to confirm what's being sent. Your shipment will contain one packing list that matches each award to a student. If for any reason we're unable to ship an incentive, it will be marked as B/O on the e-mail and will be backordered to ship out when it's in stock.
Check your incentives against the packing slip when they arrive and notify your Regional Coordinator if anything is missing.
*Program sites located outside New York City will receive a printable mileage certificate CD to augment their incentive plan. These incentives do not ship. Site Coordinators receive e-mail alerts when students reach those milestones if they wish to print and distribute them. Sites will also have the opportunity to purchase additional Mighty Milers branded incentives based on their current mileage levels and the site's evaluation status. For a list of incentives, contact the National Program Manager, Lisa Cao, at email@example.com.
The important thing is to make this meaningful for the kids. Ideas for giving out the incentives and recognizing your students’ accomplishments include the following:
Awards alone might motivate some kids, but incentives also provide an opportunity to recognize incremental progress toward an ultimate goal. Make sure to stress your students' accomplishments and let your excitement show.
Mighty Milers comes with robust resources including staff support, program structure and materials, student incentives, and supplementary resources.
Each site in New York City is assigned a Regional Coordinator as their primary contact at NYRR. The Regional Coordinator* supports your program and is one of your most valuable resources. Available throughout the life of your Mighty Milers program, this staff member assists in various ways, including brainstorming places or times to run, troubleshooting technical issues, announcing opportunities, offering ideas and advice, and helping you celebrate good news.
*For sites outside of New York City, the National Program Manager fulfills the role of Regional Coordinator.
If a problem arises with your Regional Coordinator, contact our Program Supervisor, Lyncia Beggs immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to hear about any issues of concern and also to make sure that you have the support you need to make your program a success.
WIth setup done, you’re ready to run and have fun! Read on to put together your running sessions and figure out how to count laps.
Program evaluation is built into Mighty Milers to ensure that kids are getting healthier and you're getting the support you need.