Join Our Running Club Today!
“Staying Healthy One Step at a Time!”
Membership is free and you can join any time. The benefits are priceless! We start at 7:50 a.m. every morning before school begins and will blow a whistle to end at 8:06 (those students on the track will continue until they finish the lap in progress), which allows plenty of time before the first bell at 8:10 a.m. Run, skip, walk, leap, or hop as many laps as you can and earn a credit for each lap! Fun events, special incentives, and making friends along the way are just a few of the great aspects of joining! Hope to see you out there running with us soon!
This is how it works: every student in grades 1-5 will be issued a lanyard with a plastic badge and personalized bar code. Volunteers scan these bar codes when the children complete each lap around the track. The electronic information is then uploaded to a program called StrideTrack® where you can login to see your child’s progress and awards:
To login in using your home computer:
Enter the Runner ID which is the bar code numbers located on your child’s running club badge. Note: the runner ID changes each school year so you will need to update your child’s account when new badges are issued.
To login using Apple IPad or IPhone:
Download free StrideTrack® app from ITunes App Store. In the input box, enter the student Runner ID.
All students are responsible for keeping their badges safe and ready to use every morning. There will be emergency back up index cards available if a student accidently forgets his/her badge. However, this is ONLY a back up card for emergency use and will not replace a badge, and is not to be used repeatedly. Students who lose their badges will need to purchase a replacement through the PTA. Students who do not have a badge will not receive credit for laps completed. It is an electronic system and it will not be revised manually. Please keep in mind that human errors occasionally occur and it is simply part of how a volunteer program works; please do not request “missing” laps to be credited to your child’s account. No exceptions will be made.
The Jefferson Running Club is a daily running club for grades 1st through 5th that provides a positive and healthy opportunity for our children to develop a daily routine of physical exercise. Regular before school exercise also helps increase attentiveness and behavior in the classroom.
***We will not have running club if it is raining or if the field is too wet from prior rain/fog. There will be a notification posted on the Jefferson Elementary Parents Facebook page first thing in the morning on days that we must cancel.***
Positive Rewards for Students
Popsicles: Every Wednesday, students who have run or walked 10 miles as of the prior Friday afternoon when totals are calculated will receive a popsicle after school in Dolphin Square. Students will earn another popsicle for each additional 10 miles they run or walk.
Marathon Bands: Every student who runs or walks the equivalent of a marathon (26.2 miles/131 laps) will earn a “Jefferson Marathon Runner” colored wrist band. Students can earn a different colored band for each additional marathon they run or walk.
Celebration: Students who earn 3 or more marathons as of the last day of Running Club (June 1, 2018) will be invited to participate in an end of year celebration during school hours. Each student who is eligible to attend the party will receive a custom Jefferson Running Club t-shirt. There will be an awards ceremony to recognize the top three boy and girl runners in each grade, fun organized games and lunch/dessert provided.
Running Club FAQS
When is Running Club? Every morning, Monday through Friday, before school. Running time is from 7:50am to 8:06 am. Be sure to pack your child a water bottle so they can stay hydrated. We will not run if it is raining or the track is too wet/muddy.
How many laps does it take to run 1 mile? 6 laps around our track equals 1 mile.
Can parents get involved? Absolutely! Parents are needed to arrive at 7:40 to help set up the track, and we will need 5 parents each day to use the handheld scanners to scan bar codes (typically this is a rotating group of parents who are willing and available). We also need assistance planning and coordinating the end of year party. If you would like to volunteer on a permanent/consistent basis for the year , please contact your Running Club chairpersons.
Can parents RUN? We would love it! Come out and get some morning exercise and bonding time with your child. The students love to see adults out there running too.
What if my child shows up without the badge? Lap credit can ONLY be tracked with a runner ID bar code. We will have back up cards with a student’s bar code available on site but these are for emergencies ONLY and are not to be used regularly. There will not be any manual adjustments made for students who do not receive bar code scans.
What if my child loses their original lanyard and badge? Can they just use the back up? The student will need to purchase a replacement badge and lanyard for $1. Back up badges are for emergencies only. Contact the Running Club chairperson for replacement badges.
Can my child get mileage credit for races (5K or 10K) done outside of school? Students will ONLY get running club mileage credit for laps completed during running club. No outside credit will be given with the possible exception of school sponsored events (i.e. Skechers Pier-to-Pier charity walk) at the discretion of Mr. Winckler. We will announce those events as needed.
Need more information?
Contact our Running Club Chairs:
Micki Otey (email@example.com)
Megan Gossling (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Bryn Zbyszewski (email@example.com )