Kilometer Kids is Atlanta Track Club's oldest and largest youth running program. The free, game-based curriculum is designed to teach kids in grades K-5 about goal setting, healthy habits, respect, and community building, all by exposing them to the sport of running. Over the course of the 10-week season, the goal for every Kilometer Kid is to run 13.1 or 26.2 miles (depending on how many practices they attend each week). There is no fee to participate, and the program is for all elementary students regardless of running ability or experience. Being a Kilometer Kid is not about running the fastest or winning the race. Instead, it's all about working hard, being kind, and having fun while becoming more physically active, being a part of a team, and finding joy in the process.

SITE LEAD registration for Fall 2024 is now open! Click the "Register Now" button below to sign up.

Register Now For Fall 2024 Site Leads!

To be added to the e-list for Fall 2024 participant information, please fill out this form. Registration will open for Participants for Fall 2024 on July 30, 2024.

If you are looking for a program for middle schoolers, please check out Atlanta Track Club's Youth Team.

Date & Time

  • Fall 2024 Season: September 3-November 15, 2024

Location

  • Bring it to your school, neighborhood, or community organization!

Cost

  • FREE



Upcoming Fall 2024 Program Locations


To find a group to join, please use the filters to search for teams by Program Type, Registration Status, and Zipcode.

Please note: PUBLIC teams (black icons) are open to anyone to join, while PRIVATE teams (red icons) are restricted to those who attend a specific school or are members of a particular group or organization.

At this time, this list is not complete as sites can sign up to host a Kilometer Kids team until mid-August, so please continue to check back or email kilometerkids@atlantatrackclub.org if you do not see a team in your area.

Registration will open for all PUBLIC teams beginning on July 30, 2024. PRIVATE teams' registration openings will vary. Please reach out to your school or organization directly for registration dates and sign-up instructions.

Ashford Park Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

2968 Cravenridge Drive NE

Brookhaven, GA 30319

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Baldwin Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

Baldwin Elementary 123 Price Place

Norcross, GA 30071

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Brook Run Park Kilometer Kids (PUBLIC)

Program Type: public

4770 N Peachtree Rd

Dunwoody, GA 30338

Mondays & Wednesdays: 4:30-5:30 pm

Brumby Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

815 Terrell Mill Road

Marietta, GA 30067

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Cheney Stadium Kilometer Kids (PUBLIC)

Program Type: public

741 Connally St SE

Atlanta, GA 30315

Mondays & Wednesdays: 5-6 pm

City of Knowledge Islamic School (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

4255 Lawrenceville Highway

Lilburn, GA 30047

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Covington Kilometer Kids (PUBLIC)

Program Type: public

3173 Mill St NE

Covington, GA 30014

Mondays: 6-7 pm

Dekalb Christian Home Educators (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

5312 W. Mountain Street

Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Please reach out to the church directly for registration and practice information.

Duluth Dashers (PUBLIC)

Program Type: public

3020 McDaniel Rd

Duluth, GA 30096

Wednesdays: 6-7 pm

EPIC Homeschool Running Club (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

Louis Suggs Memorial Park 6040 Spring St

Austell, GA 30168

Please reach out to the group directly for registration and practice information.

Evansdale Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

2914 Evans Woods Dr

Doraville, GA 30340

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Fowler Park Kilometer Kids (PUBLIC)

Program Type: public

4110 Carolene Way

Cumming, GA 30040

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5:30-6:30 pm

Henderson Mill Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

2408 Henderson Mill Road

Atlanta, GA 30345

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Impact Racing Ministry (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

223 Kentucky Avenue

Griffin, GA 30223

Please reach out to the group directly for registration and practice information.

J.H. House Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

3100 Zingara Rd NE

Conyers, GA 30012

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Keswick Park Kilometer Kids (PUBLIC)

Program Type: public

3496 Keswick Dr

Chamblee, GA 30341

Thursdays: 5-6 pm

King Springs Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

1041 Reed Road

Smyrna, GA 30082

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Marietta Kilometer Kids (PUBLIC)
Mountain View Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

3151 Sandy Plains Rd

Marietta, GA 30066

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Norcross Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

150 Hunt St

Norcross, GA 30071

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.


Northwest Classical Academy (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

3010 Cobb Parkway NW

Kennesaw, GA 30152

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Oakhurst Recreation Center (PUBLIC)

Program Type: public

450 E. Lake Drive

Decatur, GA 30030

Tuesdays: 5-6 pm

Piedmont Park Kilometer Kids (PUBLIC)

Program Type: public

Active Oval

Atlanta, GA 30309

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 5-6 pm

Saint John Neumann Regional Catholic School (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

791 Tom Smith Rd SW

Lilburn, GA 30047

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Sharp Creek Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

115 Old Muse Rd

Carrollton, GA 30116

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Simpson Elementary School District Kilometer Kids (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

Pickneyville Middle School 5440 W Jones Bridge Rd

Peachtree Corners, GA 30092

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Smyrna Kilometer Kids (PUBLIC)

Program Type: public

3515 McCauley Rd

Smyrna, GA 30080

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 4:30-5:30 pm

St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

240 Arnold Street

Hapeville, GA 30354

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

The Museum School (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

923 Forrest Blvd

Decatur, GA 30030

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Tritt Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

Tritt Elementary 4435 Post Oak Tritt Rd

Marietta, GA 30062

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Tucker Kilometer Kids (PUBLIC)
Vanderlyn Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

1877 Vanderlyn Dr

Dunwoody, GA 30338

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

Westside Park Kilometer Kids (PUBLIC)

Program Type: public

1660 Johnson Rd NW

Atlanta, GA 30318

Tuesdays & Thursdays: 4:30-5:30 pm

Woodland Elementary (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

830 N. Moseley Drive

Stockbridge, GA 30281

Please reach out to the school directly for registration and practice information.

YMCA - Carl Sanders (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead 1160 Moores Mill Road NW

Atlanta, GA 30327

Please reach out to the YMCA directly for registration and practice information.

YMCA - Summit Family (PRIVATE)

Program Type: private

Summit Family YMCA 1765 GA-34

Newnan, GA 30265

Please reach out to the YMCA directly for registration and practice information.

What Happens At A Kilometer Kids Practice?


Curious about what a Kilometer Kids practice is really like? At practice, we always focus on building healthy habits like warming up before we start moving, practicing good sportsmanship, playing running-based games, tracking mileage on our runs, working towards our goals (e.g. running a half or full marathon), earning cool incentives, meeting professional athletes, and, of course, working hard, being kind, and having fun. Check out this video to see for yourself what Kilometer Kids is all about.

"This program [is] incredible! My son loves it and we all look forward to coming out twice a week. He's met some great kids and is so proud of his running."

-Batya, Atlanta Track Club Community Team Piedmont Park Parent/Guardian

"I want to thank [Atlanta Track Club] for helping us…move and inspire youth…The long life fitness goals presented in the Kilometer Kids [program] teach them proper techniques to live a healthy lifestyle."

-Griffin Ellington, Kilometer Kids Coach

"This is a phenomenal program and I thank [Atlanta Track Club] for supporting community fitness [through] education programs like this!!!"

-Jennifer, Underwood Hills Track Stars Parent/Guardian


"This is such a great program for kids who want to run but don't have a parent who does. So glad we were able to introduce our daughter to the sport in a fun, safe, and positive way!"

-Parent, Atlanta Track Club Community Team Piedmont Park


"My son loved collecting the bands, and he wears his [Kilometer Kids] shirt with pride because he earned it."

-Verity, Saint Jude Catholic School Parent/Guardian



"I just love the program! I continuously worry about my son's self esteem and anxiety and this program has been great because it gets kids focused on achieving and doing their best without ever putting them on the hot seat, or judging, or getting too competitive."

-Rebecca, Atlanta Track Club Community Team Brook Run Park Parent/Guardian


" We were so impressed with how much fun [our son] had and all the information he brought home to us."

-Christina, King Springs Elementary Parent/Guardian

"My daughter enjoyed the program more than I thought she would. She didn't want it to end. Her confidence has increased knowing that she can run a mile."

-Shalewa, Atlanta Track Club Community Team Piedmont Park Parent/Guardian


"[Kilometer Kids] improved my kids' team building effort and teamwork, supported their peers in a very friendly way, helped them set up goals and [understand] how to achieve these goals...It is an amazing program!"

-Maira, Atlanta Track Club Community Team Piedmont Park Parent/Guardian


"My daughter loved Kilometer Kids! She met new friends and loved all activities."

-Atlanta Track Club Community Team Brook Run Park Parent/Guardian


"I have been so impressed with the program for both 2021 and 2022. The coaches, the planning, and the curriculum (goal setting, etc) is so well executed."

-Parent, Atlanta Track Club Community Team Piedmont Park


The Site-Based Program

What makes Kilometer Kids different from many other sports-based youth development programs is that we do not train outside volunteers and send them out to schools and communities. Instead, in order to host a Kilometer Kids program, we require someone from that school or community to serve as the coach.

Every program site is unique with different needs, and a member of that community is best equipped to understand those needs. We believe this model fosters a greater sense of camaraderie and trust. So, if you are a teacher looking to start an afterschool physical activity program for your students, a parent trying to get the kids in your neighborhood moving, or a member of a community organization looking for new sports-based youth programming, our site-based Kilometer Kids program is for you!

As the site lead/head coach, you have the flexibility to decide whether you will participate for the fall and/or spring season, where your team will practice, and what days and times works best for you and your participants to meet. When you register as a Kilometer Kids site lead/head coach, you will get FREE access to:

  • Our 10-week, gamed-based running curriculum consisting of daily lesson plans that include weekly themes and discussion questions, fun games, daily runs and resources for further learning
  • Coaching orientation, CPR/First Aid training, and SafeSport certification to prepare you for the season
  • Electronic mileage tracking tools to make tracking your participants' progress streamlined and organized
  • T-shirts, wristbands and other incentives to motivate your Kilometer Kids to reach the goal of running 13.1 or 26.2 total miles
  • Opportunities for your participants to compete in FREE, fun, midweek runs and other Atlanta Track Club youth running events
  • Support, consulting and mentoring from Atlanta Track Club Staff, elite athletes and veteran Kilometer Kids coaches

Please email us at kilometerkids@atlantatrackclub.org if you have questions about starting a program.

Donate here to support community initiatives like Kilometer Kids!

The program launched in 2007 with one location serving 38 kids. Since then, Kilometer Kids has grown significantly and now impacts thousands of children each year in the Atlanta region and beyond. The program is funded by Atlanta Track Club, private donations, foundation grants, and community partners. Kilometer Kids is also an official charity of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Peachtree Road Race.

Inspiring The Next Generation

Shane Streich, Yolanda Ngarambe & Gemma Finch of Atlanta Track Club Elite talking about how they build healthy habits with Kilometer Kids at Piedmont Park.

At Atlanta Track Club, a primary goal is to inspire the next generation of runners and walkers. We provide our youth program participants the opportunity to meet professional track and field athletes and to learn how they started their running and walking journeys, overcame personal challenges, and became elite athletes! Every season, members of Atlanta Track Club Elite visit many of our Kilometer Kids program sites to help lead participants through a proper warmup and cooldown, answer questions, share advice, play running games with the teams, and cheer Kilometer Kids on as they work towards their mileage goals,.

If you are interested in starting a program and bringing some professional runners to your school, organization or neighborhood, email us to learn more about this unique opportunity to help inspire your young runners and walkers.

Meet Madison!

Madison is the Kilometer Kids Senior Program Manager! Born and raised in Atlanta, she has fond memories of running the Peachtree Junior as a kid. After almost a decade away, she is excited to be back in warmer climate to join Atlanta Track Club to support youth through increasing access to opportunities for physical activity, and to build community through sport. Madison played collegiate soccer at Tufts University where she earned her B.A. in Community Health & Anthropology. She went on to earn her Master's in Public Health in Health Behavior & Health Education from the University of Michigan. In her free time, you can find Madison cheering on Atlanta United, looking for any excuse to eat ice cream, or planning her next travel adventure.

To learn more about Madison's journey with running, sports-based youth development, and Atlanta Track Club, check out her story in the January 2021 issue of Wingfoot Magazine as well as her feature by Microsoft as a part of their 2023 Game Changers campaign highlighting women in sports!