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A Fun Run is a casual event that elevates the enjoyment and camaraderie of running above competition.
Typically, everyone runs or walks the same distance and the event is not timed or scored. It's an event for children of all levels and abilities and a great way to showcase and celebrate fitness goals and achievements. You can plan a Fun Run for one or more schools and community centers and also invite parents and community members. It can also be built out to include games, themes, and other engaging elements.
Great events start weeks in advance with thorough planning and forethought. Use the following resources to prepare:
Pick a location that is safe and accessible, then establish a course for the run using a distance that is challenging but attainable for your kids.
View a sample course layout for a Fun Run
If you will have a lot of participants and/or a narrow or small course, plan on splitting the participants into groups, known as heats, and start one heat at a time.
We suggest you start the event with a group warm-up where you gather all participants together and have them follow along as someone leads a simple warm-up routine.
If you give out ribbons, patches, or other small prizes have someone stationed at the finish line to hand one to each runner as they cross.
After the finish be sure to have water (and snacks if the event will be long).
Congratulate all the runners and thank the helpers and spectators. You can also do a group cool-down like the group warm-up.
Parade of Banners
Invite groups to create class or school banners beforehand and kick off the event with a mini-parade where kids show class pride and enthusiasm. Follow this with the group warm-up.
Set up game stations for kids to participate in after the run to keep the fun going or while other heats are running to keep them active and engaged while they wait.
Give your Fun Run a theme. Examples include healthy eating or holiday themes. Check these theme ideas and ways to incorporate them.