This year's theme for YIM is "Lucky 13"! The goal for all our YIM participants to run a Half Marathon (13.1 miles) over the length of our YIM season (9 weeks).
Why should I do this?
- Create healthy habits! Share this fun and healthy activity this summer with your family and friends. The US Dept of Health and Human Services recommends at least 60minutes of physical activity daily!
- Feel great about yourself! Learn how to work towards a challenging goal and keep track of your progress using our YIM Kids Lucky 13 Running Log!
- Receive a prize! You will receive a trophy at the Week 9 session for completing your goal! All you have to do is turn in your YIM Kids Lucky 13 Running Log showing your completed 13.1 miles!
When can I do this?
You should do this anytime during the week; BUT, YIM sessions do not count!
Where can I do this?
Around your neighborhood, at your local school track, or on safe paths/streets while on summer vacation spots.
How can I do this?
The best way to accomplish a goal is to break it down into small steps:
- Run at least approximately 1.5 miles during the week over 9 weeks. This should not include the mileage you do at YIM. You can do it!
- Log your distance and other information in our YIM Kids Lucky 13 Running Log!
- Jogging or fast walking for 15-20 minutes = 1 mile (a little more for younger kids, less for older kids)
- Have the whole family join in on the fun! Come to the track during the week; it's always open to the public! Go for an after dinner walk with your family for 30 minutes! Meet up with your friends and go for a jog together!
Remember our cheer to keep you motivated!"This Summer!""I become a runner""This Summer!""I become a runner""Oh yea""Uh huh""Ya ‘gonna see smiles""‘Cause I’m running 13 miles!""Go Lucky 13!"
Please share your experiences/photos on our YIM Facebook Page! We want to hear how you're doing throughout the week!
FAQ's for Parents:
Can my child handle that much running? According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. How much does my child have to run at once? Your child can do as much running as they can handle at once. If your child paces herself properly she’ll be able to run farther distance for longer intervals. A slow jog/ fast walk of 15- 20 minutes is approximately a mile. If your child can only run for a few minutes at a time, then add it up accordingly and document the total distance. Don’t push your child to exhaustion and please have them stop if they feel pain. Start the program with low distance, intensity and frequency and only gradually increase it.
How do I track the mileage? We have provided a mileage log ("YIM Kids Lucky 13 Running Log") where your child will document their mileage. Parents, please help your child get into the habit of logging all of the running time so they are able to get credit where credit is due!
Do I need to report the mileage? At the 9th session the children will be asked to turn in their running logs, which are to be signed by a parent or guardian. If your child has not yet completed 13.1 miles, then we will congratulate them for their effort to date and encourage them to please continue to complete their goal and notify us when they’re done. Once they’ve run 13.1 miles, we will arrange a time where we can shake their hand and present them with their well deserved award.
Wow this is fun; how can I keep the momentum up after YIM is over? There are several wonderful local youth running programs managed by nonprofits and running stores. We will provide you with a list of options before the end of the program. You can also access a list with a Google search.
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Thirst is not a reliable indicator of hydration status so experts recommend that kids drink water or other fluids before and every 15 to 20 minutes during physical activity. It's important to drink afterwards to restore fluid lost through sweat.
Although many sports drinks are available, plain water is usually enough to keep kids hydrated. Sports drinks are designed to provide energy and replace electrolytes — such as sodium and potassium — that athletes lose in sweat.
Sports drinks may be a good choice for kids who participate in strenuous physical activity for more than 1 hour because after exercising for 60 to 90 minutes, the body has used up its readily available sources of energy. Sports drinks are also a good alternative for kids who participate in sports but won’t drink enough water.
Diluted juice is another option but avoid sugary drinks and carbonated beverages that can upset the stomach.
The bottom line is that for most young athletes, water is the best choice for hydration. After the activity, carbohydrates and electrolytes can be replenished.
You are the parent of an athletic child and you may be asking yourself some nutrition questions about fueling your active, growing child.
This article from active.com addresses some of the nutrition questions parents ask about fueling their active, growing children.