Footsteps to Fitness
Elementary School K-6 FUN runs at the YMCA!
The YMCA hosts monthly runs for local elementary school running clubs. We use the YMCA and different parks around Spartanburg to set up a running course that is suitable for all ages and running abilities.This is a picture from our February Footstep to Fitness run at Milliken Arboretum.
Following a fun stretching routine by our YMCA coaches, the kids line up for a group start based on age groups (K-2, 3-4, 5-6) and then head out on the course for their very own running event. Although not timed, this event is all about school camaraderie, good sportsmanship and allows the kids to learn about the YMCA and our four core values, honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility.
After completing the run, the kids are provided with a healthy snack and then form groups with their school for the spirit stick award! Schools with the most spirit at the Footsteps to Fitness run are given the spirit stick for the next month to take back to their elementary school and put on a special decoration or emblem that represents their school and running club.
Running benefits individuals of all ages, especially children!
Running is one of our most natural movements. As a child we first learn to crawl, then to stand, walk, and run. We begin running at an early age and building up the distance or time that our children spend running could have a great effect on them as they get older. Here is why!
If your school is interested in joining the Footsteps to Fitness run or you are interested in volunteering for an upcoming run, please contact Atticus Fehl (Sports Director) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!