Kidz Running Korner
The Runaway Braves is a group of runners that get together once a week to run, play games, and have fun together. Sometimes the group clocks a twenty-minute run around the building grounds, does sprint work across the field or plays games on the field or courts. Sound fun? Anything you might be interested in doing? Well this group meets every Tuesday morning. There are currently about forty individuals who have been invited to participate and another 300 or so that would like to be involved. Regularly some 20 to 30 show up each Tuesday morning, most of whom are early and very eager to run each week.
We have all experienced feelings of excitement at one time or another. But truly when you think about it, how many people do you know that are really excited about running. It's a great feeling to be excited about running. I know, I look forward to it each day now that I have others to do it with. I also know because I work each day with about 1000 individuals who love to run. What I have neglected to tell you thus far, is that the Runaway Braves are a group of kids under the age of 12. These individuals attend Tomoka Elementary and range from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Some of the members have participated in races around town and have set personal records that will only be beat in the future. There are other members in the club that participate for the socialization that goes along with exercising with friends. Whatever the reason for wanting to be in the club, the common denominator is that they get excited about running.
Running is an activity that is loved by almost every child. Whether its 30 yards or a mile, most kids get a feeling of euphoria when running. It is that time of the day that they are free to release themselves from daily stresses and emerge their energies into an act that takes no focus or concentration. When running is approached in such a way that they do not know that they are running long distances the kids seem to last longer and feel great about their accomplishments. There are a few games we play at Tomoka that involve quite a bit of running, but the kids don't realize how much running they are doing because it is applied in game. We often wish we had a way to measure how far and how long the kids run in each physical education class. It is sometimes a fight to get some kids to run when we are doing our testing unit, however, if the mile could be measured by playing Capture the Flag, personal records would be broken daily.
Once again, running is for the most part enjoyed by all kids. Some may only be able to run short distances at slower speeds, but running is running. An effort needs to be made to get kids running and keep kids running while they are young. Approaching it in such a way that it is not laborious and boring will keep them involved longer, as well as provide them with the much needed daily exercise that is lacking in many of America's Children today.
Be Active Together (BAT)