This year we are NOT participating in the Marathon Kids program. This has been a great program for Round Rock ISD in the past, but they have made a few changes recently. One of those changes is requiring our kids to pay to participate. Since we do not want any kids to have to pay for the program, RRISD is doing our own free running club. The goal will be to reach a marathon by February 18th, 2018. If you're child completes the marathon by February 18th, they will receive a medal from the district for achieving that goal.
**Please note this is a running program, so kids should only count miles where they are focused on only running and that can be measured accurately. For instance, if they run sprints at football practice, this would not count for their running club miles. Although that is great conditioning, that can't be measured accurately and the focus of that practice isn't running. Make sense?
Suggestions for getting miles:
Running around a track, Running around the neighborhood and tracking the distance with some type of mileage tracker ---What if my child needs to stop and walk a few steps to catch their breath and continue? Yes, of course that's fine.
Activities that would NOT count for the running club:
walking, bicycling, counting steps on their fitbit, football practice sprints, running bases, playing chase at the park, sport practices, etc...
The marathon DOES NOT have to be run at one time. They just have to run a total of 26.2 miles before February 18th. For instance, if they run one mile tonight and one mile next week, they can fill in 2 miles on the form attached below. To save paper, we are not printing out a mass amount of copies, so please print out the form below to keep track of your child's miles. If you don't have a printer or have other problems, let us know and we will get your child a form. I will also put it in our website under the "FORMS" tab.
Students are on the honor system so please help hold your kids accountable and make sure you are helping to track their miles accurately. Since the kids are still in elementary, I'm assuming that you will be running the miles with them, so this should be easy to help them be accountable. We stress to the kids that this is a great goal to work towards and something they should be proud of when they are finished.
Happy running, tigers!