You can plan a Fun Run for one or more schools and community centers and also invite parents and community members. It can also be built out to include games, themes, and other engaging elements.
|1. Event Logistics||5. Prizes|
|2. Location and Course||6. Water and Snacks|
|3. Grouping Runners||7. Wrap-up|
|4. Warm-up||8. Additional Ideas|
- The Event Planning Guide will help you consider the important elements in staging your athletic event.
- The Planning Timeline will help you carefully schedule your event preparations.
- The Fun Run Staffing and Supplies Checklist will help you assign roles to your colleagues and ensure you have everything you need for a successful event.
- Based on the time and space you have, as well as the fitness of your participants, we suggested using a distance between ½ mile and 4 miles.
- Measure the course accurately.
- Mark the course clearly on race day using cones or chalk.
- If participants will be out of sight for all or part of the course make sure you have plenty of marshals to guide runners and monitor the course.
- If participants need to run multiple laps use cones to divide the course (and have runners do the 1st lap on the outside and the 2nd lap on the inside or establish another tracking system to separate the laps and avoid confusion).
- We suggest no more than 50 runners per heat.
- If you have time, allow each heat to finish before the next heat starts. If not, start each heat a few minutes after the previous one clears the start line.
- Decide how to organize heats in advance (you can divide participants by gender, class, age group, height, skill, or simply by random assignment).
- Plan for a way to identify and separate the heats. One option is to have separate spaces with signs for each group to gather and then walk each group to the start when it is time. Another possibility is to distribute colored or number stickers or colored wristbands to identify each heat and check the identifiers as runners approach the start line.
- Gather each heat 15 minutes before their start time so you have time to make sure all the right participants are there and ready.
- Position the warm-up leader above the runners (on stairs, a stage, a hill, etc.) so everyone can see.
- Play fun music during the warm-up (and throughout the day near the start and finish and/or where participants will be congregating).
- If you have a sound system you can give the warm-up leader a microphone, but we find it is more important for kids to be able to see the leader in order to copy their movements than it is to hear them.
- Check out these sample warm-up activities to get some ideas:
- For this event we suggest acknowledging participation rather than performance. If you are interested in a more competitive event consider our Cross Country Race or Track and Field Event. You can also contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to put on other types or variations of events.
- Instead of handing out prizes as runners cross the finish line, you can give batches of the prize to each of the teachers/coaches for them to distribute to their group.
- Have 24 oz (3 cups) of water for each participant if there aren't available water fountains.
- Set up a water table after the finish. Buy gallon jugs of water and small cups.
- It the event will last longer than 3 hours consider providing a snack (such as fruit, granola bars, or packets of pretzels). To keep track of who has received the snack give batches to teachers/coaches to distribute to their groups, or give them out to runners as they cross the finish line (keeping them in one orderly line), or you can require a ticket or somehow mark each student as they receive the snack.
Parade of Banners
Invite groups to create class or school banners beforehand and kick off the event with a mini-parade where kids show class pride and enthusiasm. Follow this with the group warm-up.
Set up game stations for kids to participate in after the run to keep the fun going or while other heats are running to keep them active and engaged while they wait.
- Use any games you like, such as obstacle courses, tug of war, relay races, or see the Field Day event for more ideas.
- Organize kids into groups and rotate from station to station on a schedule, or allow kids to move around on their own, going through each station as many times as they like.
- You will need staff to manage each station and possibly some equipment based on the games you choose.
Give your Fun Run a theme. Examples include healthy eating or holiday themes. Check these theme ideas and ways to incorporate them.Back to top