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YOUth FitYOUth FIT provides youth (7-17 years old) with skill and fitness instruction for successful cross country (long distance) running. YOUth FIT believes that teaching the foundations and strategies for health and fitness associated with running is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Fundamental knowledge skill development, proper progression, lead-up games, and seminars provide YOUth FIT participants with an opportunity to emphasize development of cross country running and health in a fun and stimulating environment. After initial assessments, runners are split into 2 groups. Group 1 (beginners) starts with 1-mile and progresses gradually to the 5K distance (3.1 miles) by the end of the summer. Group 2 (advanced) begins with the 5K and works on continual improvement. All levels welcome.

YOUth FIT is the perfect program for any male or female, 7-17 years old, who has the desire to:
  • Challenge themselves through exercise
  • Learn about health and well-being
  • Learn the fundamentals of endurance running
  • Make new friends
  • Practice goal-setting
  • Prepare for track or cross country season
  • Simply get involved in a healthy lifestyle sport

Benefits of YOUth FITYOUth Fit
  • Organized around National Association for Sport and P.E. (NASPE) content standards
  • Student-centered and developmentally appropriate
  • Physical activity and skill development form the core of YOUth Fit program
  • Teaches goal setting skills and self-discipline
  • Promotes inclusion of all participants
  • Focuses on process over products
  • Promotes lifetime personal health and wellness
  • Teaches cooperation, responsibility, and sensitivity to diversity

2017 YOUth FIT

Registration is closed!

2017 Schedule:
  • May 30 - July 27
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
    • Tuesdays at Betty Virginia Park
    • Thursdays at Summer Fun Runs (different community park each week)

- $25 which includes:
  • Age-based coaching, ability-based group workouts
  • A training journal
  • Health seminars
  • Participation in the Summer Fun Run series
  • YOUth FIT shirt
  • End of season picnic and participation awards

Registration is closed!
  • Secure your spot by registering online for YOUth FIT on Tuesdays and at the Summer Fun Runs at runsignup.com
  • Bring the receipt and SPAR Registration Form to the first practice, May 30 at 6 PM

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Shelley Armstrong, Program Director, at .

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