Setting up a successful program requires consideration and action in five areas:
It's a good idea to plan both outdoor and indoor courses, so your Mighty Milers can run on different surfaces, and without weather interruptions. Here are some of the places where Mighty Milers are running:
Gymnasium • Auditorium • Cafeteria • Hallways • Classroom • Schoolyard • Sidewalks
Closed street • Track • Park • Soccer field • Football field
Once you have selected your running spaces, measure each course using the following guidelines:
Once around your running area will be a lap. Use the measuring device provided in your Start-Up Kit to determine the length of one lap, and then determine how many laps equal one mile. The device measures in feet. Once you have measured the number of feet in one lap, divide 5280 by that figure to determine how many laps equal a mile.
5280 feet = 1 mile
If using meters: 1609 meters = 1 mile
Take advantage of any markings or landmarks that already exist such as:
If there are no existing markings, use the cones included in your Start Up Kit to mark unclear portions of the course and corners. Using the cones to mark turns will also help prevent kids from cutting corners. Consider using spray paint, if your school permits.
There are many opportunities to run throughout the day. We suggest you choose more than one. Consider these times to maximize participation:
Before school/class • Classroom break • Before lunch • During recess • Free periods
Start/end of P.E. • School-wide fitness day or fitness hour • After school/class
Create a course schedule if you have limited space with several classes and/or Session Leaders using it. Assign specific time slots for each group, or post a schedule with available times and locations and ask Session Leaders to sign up for time slots.
School staff can assist a Site Coordinator in many ways, the best of which is to become a Session Leader. Session Leaders supervise running sessions and enter data, and each receives his or her own account in STRIDES. Staff who run with the kids can join Teacher Tracking, enter mileage into STRIDES and earn a t-shirt and medals.
Schedule time at an all-staff meeting or set up a meeting to tell your co-workers about Mighty Milers. Show them the online motivational video and ask them to join as Session Leaders. If some co-workers can't commit to being Session Leaders, encourage them to assist in other ways such as:
If you can’t schedule or speak at a staff meeting, send an e-mail explaining Mighty Milers and the type of support you’re looking for. It’s easier for people to respond if they know exactly what you need. Send them to the Mighty Milers website so they can learn more about the program.
Whether your program is mandatory or voluntary, get the kids excited about being Mighty Milers. Plan a school-wide assembly or a series of small class introductions. While the program can be explained in just a few minutes, build anticipation by showing kids the sample incentives, screening the online motivational video, and planning a running-based kick-off event. You may also want to include an overview of when and where students will run; a discussion of individual, class, and school/organization goals; a display explaining Mileage Meters; and an introduction to STRIDES, including distribution of usernames and passwords.
For schools/organizations that make Mighty Milers a part of their curriculum, this is an approved school/organization activity. While NYRR does not require any waivers, please make sure to gather the appropriate information and release forms required to meet the standards of your school or organization.
STRIDES is the name of the Mighty Milers' online tracking platform. It's used to track the students' progress in the program and automatically triggers shipments of incentives to schools when milestones are met.
We have created a Quick Start Guide to help you set up your STRIDES account, create classes, add students, record progress, and many other common tasks. Please download it and keep it handy for reference:
Review your profile upon first signing in. Make sure the correct contact information and school address is listed so you receive all materials and incentives promptly. You may also change your username and password here.
Create classes or groups so you have a place to enter or reassign students. Even if your site doesn't use a class structure, we suggest you create groups in STRIDES according to how or when your students run together. For example, the Session Leader's name, after-school, recess, 2nd grade, etc. The groups should make sense for your program. Note: Only Site Coordinators have access to this function.
Create user accounts for Session Leaders and the principal. Make sure to send them their user names and passwords and explain what they can do on the website, including changing their passwords. Note: Only Site Coordinators have access to this function.
There are three different ways to enter students into STRIDES:
If your site did Mighty Milers last year then you should start by reassigning students into their new classes.
If your site is new to Mighty Milers or you have many new students to enter, then you'll want to get a spreadsheet of participating students in order to create rosters you can import into STRIDES.
Students may also be entered manually into STRIDES.
Detailed instuctions can be found in the STRIDES User Guide.