Video: Children’s Learn to Run Program

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What you are about to see is a Children’s Learn to Run documentary filmed over a 10-week period at the school I taught at in Edmonton. During the 10 weeks, students were exposed to a variety of learn-to-run topics (see running program below video), and completed the program by participating in a Fun Run finale of one, two or five kilometers.

Highlights include runners and supporters contributing to Edmonton’s Foodbank, Edmonton’s Mayor addressing the runners and starting the race, and the 200 or so young runners all receiving finisher medals. It was an extremely successful program that I hope started some youngsters on life-long running careers.

I’d like to thank Kid’s Running for featuring some of the program’s details, and also the Running Room for sponsoring production of the video.

Below is the specific program I adapted for young runners wanting to complete a 1K, 2K or 5K final run. Start each session with a short, useful, interesting topic for the kids, and then go outside for your run. Try it with your kids at home or at school. Whatever you do, make sure you keep in mind that the main goal is FUN!10 WEEK LEARN TO RUN PROGRAM:

1K and 5K Schedule of Topics
For the 1K, complete only half of the sets.

Week 1: Introduction: Building the House
(run 1 min., walk 2 min. – 6 sets)

Week 2: How to Buy the Right Shoes/Apparel
(run 1 min., walk 1 min. – 10 sets)

Week 3: Proper Stretching Techniques
(run 2 min., walk 1 min. – 6 sets)

Week 4: Hot/Cold Weather Running
(run 3 min., walk 1 min. – 5 sets)

Week 5: Breathing
(run 4 min., walk 1 min. – 5 sets)

Week 6: Nutrition
(run 5 min, walk 1 min – 3 sets)

Week 7: Form & Posture
(run 6 min., walk 1 min. – 3 sets)

Week 8: Keeping it FUN
(run 8 min., walk 1 min., run 4 min. – 2 sets)

Week 9: Life Long Running
(run 10 min., walk 1 min. – 2 sets)

Week 10: RUN Day Preparation
(run 10 min., walk 1 min. – 2 sets)

Week 11: 1K and 5K START-TO-FINISH RUN – with medals awarded to all finishers.

  1. Jeanne on September 23rd at 7:46 am

    what a great program! I wish there had been something like that for my kid! And the guy running it is sooooo cute!

  2. Dawn - Pink Chick on September 23rd at 6:37 pm

    I have to agree with Jeanne on all accounts. I think all schools should have this program.

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  4. Louise on May 13th at 11:16 am

    great program! how often do the children run during the week? are they only doing what is listed under week 1 for example, once a week? or are they doing this 2 to 3 times per week?

    many thanks for the clarification


  5. Jennifer Phillips on September 15th at 1:26 pm


    I teach kindergarten in Florida and I am an avid runner. I would love to do this program at my school. Any advice on how I could get started? Did the children train after school, at home…if you could email me and tell me how you started that would be awesome!!!