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Introducing Kilometer Kids Youth Running Series
As the Kilometer Kids youth running program celebrates 10 years, Atlanta Track Club is introducing a new free race series designed to provide children with more access to its events. The announcement comes as part of the Club’s renewed commitment to youth running. Learn more here!
Preserving Atlanta's Olympic History
It all started with two treadmills. They ran continuously for 48 Hours at the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo covering nearly 800 combined miles to raise money to resurface Cheney Track at Phoenix Park in Atlanta. The site of the track and field warm up facilities during the 1996 Olympic Games has not been updated in more than 20 years and is in desperate need of a new surface. Our goal is to restore it to a state-of-the-art facility for the community to run, jump and throw and at which to host future Kilometer Kids programs. The treadmills have stopped running, but we are still accepting donations from people who want to help us making running and walking universally accessible in the Atlanta community.
Currently, Cheney Stadium hosts Atlanta Public Schools Track & Field Meets. Your donation will help pay for a brand new facility once used by gold medalists like Dan O'Brien, Gail Devers and Michael Johnson to be used by the gold medalists of the future.
To donate, fill out the form to the right or text "KKCC" to 444-999 and follow the instructions.
Team up with Kilometer Kids
Atlanta Track Club's Kilometer Kids is a free, game oriented running program designed to get kids (ages 7 to 14) in the community active! The mission of Kilometer Kids is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle to area youth through a running-based program, empowering children with the knowledge they need to make smart lifestyle choices.
The program launched in 2007 with one location serving 38 kids. Kilometer Kids has grown significantly and now impacts more than 8,000 children each year in the Atlanta region and beyond. The program is funded by Atlanta Track Club, private donations, grants and community partners. Kilometer Kids is an official charity of the AJC Peachtree Road Race.
To learn more about the program, or how to get involved, contact us.
Registration for the 2017 Fall Kilometer Kids season is open. Be sure to register before September 15 to ensure that your children are eligible to receive prizes for their mileage!
Fun Run & 50m Dash Fall 2017 Upcoming Events
September 23: Wingfoot Cross Country Classic
September 27: Kilometer Kids Fun Run - Grant Park
October 11: Kilometer Kids Fun Run - Tribble Mill
October 25: Kilometer Kids Fun Run - TBD
November 8: Kilometer Kids Fun Run - KSU
November 23: Thanksgiving Day One Mile & 50m Dash
Start A Program
Whether you are a school teacher looking to start an after-school program or a parent who wants to run with your child in the neighborhood, the free, 11-week program is a great way to get started! A few of the program features include:
- Free access to curriculum, including running game ideas and mileage tracking tools
- Prizes for all participants who reach their mileage goals
- Flexibility - parents, teachers and site coordinators can begin the program in the Fall or Spring
- Opportunity to participate in free, mid-week fun runs and other youth running events organized by Atlanta Track Club
Kilometer Kids seeks to create lifelong runners, instilling in participants the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. Through the program, kids learn that exercise is a fun and rewarding activity, opening the door for physical activity to become a lifelong habit.
To learn more about the program, or how to get involved:
- Kilometer Kids is a great way to engage children in a healthy, fun, non-competitive lifelong activity
- Atlanta Track Club provides the infrastructure necessary to help you implement a youth running program
- Kilometer Kids can be implemented by parents, school administrators and teachers and can be held before or after school, on school grounds or in neighborhood parks
- Kilometer Kids is a FREE 11-week incentive-based youth running program, fully supported by Atlanta Track Club
- Marathon-based running program: Children are encouraged to run 26.2 miles in small increments over time and record their progress on our Running Log cards. Our program culminates with the Peachtree Junior 3K for the spring program and the Thanksgiving Day 5K for the fall program.
- Curriculum-based running program: Atlanta Track Club will provide resources for you to promote the program and a coach’s kit to facilitate 11 weeks of practices.
- Children meet twice per week with volunteer “coaches” who guide them through flexible pre-planned lessons
- Lessons incorporate running-related games, drills and stretches
- Incentives provided at 10 miles, 15, 20 and 26.2 milestones
- Your school recruits volunteer coaches, (ratio 1 coach: 15 kids). No experience necessary!
- School provides indoor Gym space or outdoor grass field, vacant parking lots to hold practice
- Easy to administer, children track miles on their own or with coaches/parents on our Running Log cards
- Goal focused, can provide incentives at end of program for mile 10, 15, 20 and to complete “marathon” distance (26.2 miles)
- No cost
- Support, consulting and site visits by Atlanta Track Club staff
- Coaches receive T-shirts to lead Kilometer Kids program
- Ripple effect of healthy lifestyles for parents, schools, volunteers delivering the program
- Children form a “team” mentality
- Multi-age participation
- Multi-skill level participation
- Increase parental involvement: (volunteer coaches, participating in activity or at home virtually logging miles)
- Registration platform access for data management
- Opportunity to participate in 20+ youth running events throughout the year
- Four application opportunities each year to earn grants and prize money for your team
Frequently Asked Questions
When does the KILOMETER KIDS program begin and end?
- The Fall program begins on or about the first or second week of September and ends Thanksgiving Day in November.
- The Spring session will begin on or about the last week of February or first week of March and will end at the Peachtree Jr. 3K in May.
How often should KILOMETER KIDS sessions be held?
- In order for kids to achieve their mileage goals, the suggested schedule is two 60 minute sessions per week for 11 weeks.
- Kids will need to “average” 1.25 miles per session.
Who can participate in the KILOMETER KIDS Program, and is there a limit on how many kids can take part in the program?
- All kids ages 7-14 can participate in the KILOMETER KIDS program
- It is recommended we have at least 1 coach/supervisor per 15-20 kids.
Who supervises the program?
- Individual KILOMETER KIDS sites are responsible for providing volunteer program supervisors or any supervisor compensation.
- Two adults are required to supervise programs with more than 15 participants. Programs with 15+ kids should plan on having one adult for every 15 kids.
- High school students qualify as program supervisors if they are working with another responsible adult, over the age of 21. At least one of the program supervisors should be able to run with the kids.
Is there a Kilometer Kids host site near me?
- Click here for a map showing Kilometer Kids host sites. However, because some programs only host intermittently, not all sites listed are necessarily active programs for this season. If you are interested in bringing Kilometer Kids to your school or site, let us know! ([email protected]).
What type of facilities does a KILOMETER KIDS site need to have?
- While an outdoor track is preferred, an enclosed area such as a soccer field will work as well. Cones or markers can measure out distance for games and activities.
- Since safety is the top priority, running should be done in a safe and controlled area.
- Sites will also need to make sure that water and bathroom facilities are readily available to participants.
- Sites are responsible for providing transportation to the running area (if needed) and KILOMETER KIDS events.
What happens when there is inclement weather?
- Individual sites are responsible for developing and communicating their own inclement weather plans. Atlanta Track Club will provide sites with ideas for indoor games and activities, which can be used if the program has to be moved indoors due to inclement weather.
What costs are associated with the KILOMETER KIDS program?
- There is no cost to host sites or participants.