The 100 Mile Club presents elementary school students with a straightforward challenge: run, jog, or walk 100 miles over the course of the school year. It’s a big mark to hit but students of all abilities jump at the chance to score miles during designated running times before or after school, during recess, and at sanctioned community events, such as local road races and family nights.
Implementing the program is simple. All a school needs is a place to walk or run, a chart for tracking laps, and students ready to go!
The program is highly adaptable to the resources and needs of participating schools, and may be implemented in many different contexts throughout the school year. Students may accumulate mileage during PE, during school hours, at lunch and recess, and in before or after school hours. Participating schools adopt the format and supervision structure that best meets their needs. Anybody – teachers, parents, or school staff - may become 100 Mile Club “coaches”, overseeing runners and helping students track their laps. Classroom bulletin boards chart student progress throughout the year and keep kids excited as miles add up. Simple incentives celebrate students as they reach each 25 mile marker on their journey to 100.
Lessons in goal-setting, determination, and team spirit are delivered alongside exercise in the 100 Mile Club. Rather than compete against each other, students at participating schools are members of the 100 Mile Club “team”, where every student has the opportunity to be successful. Whether they run, jog, or walk towards their goal, the 100 Mile Club inspires students of all abilities – athletic, non-athletic, learning disabled, handicapped - to be active in an accepting, inclusive, and positive environment.
Because all ages can partake, the100 Mile Club forges powerful bonds across grade levels and even between 100 Milers at neighboring schools. The coveted T-shirts are the common thread. 100 Milers proudly wear their T-shirts in and out school which display their 25, 50, 75, & 100 mile-markers on the back. Students cast their vote each year to determine the new T-shirt color; the unveiling of the winning design becomes a highly anticipated event.
The 100 Mile Club has been up and running for over 20 years. Started in 1992 at Washington Elementary in Corona, CA by special education teacher, Kara Lubin, the program has caught on like wildfire. It has been replicated in over 200 schools in thirteen states. In 2012, the program made its international debut launching at the Bob Hope Primary School at the U.S. Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan. This year alone, the 100 Mile Club will enroll 30,000 students, each walking and running towards their own personal fitness goals. They jog, they chase, they sprint, they walk - but every step counts.
Learn more at www.100MileClub.com