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Christine Luff

Get Kids into Running

By July 21, 2013

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With kids out of school for the summer, some running moms and dads find they have less time to run. And they also have to deal with bored kids asking for something to do. One way to keep everyone happy is to get your kids out there running with you. If you'd love for your kids to embrace the sport of running, here are some ways to get them interested:

Run with them in parks or on paths. Rather than running on roads, a safer and more fun alternative is to take your kids to parks or trails to run. You can combine a little bit of running with a nature walk. Or, play at the playground after a short jog around the park.

Enter them in a kids' race. Some road races offer kids' races either before or after the main race. The distances are always short -- anywhere from 25 feet to a mile, depending on the kids' ages. Kids usually get a medal, T-shirt, ribbon, or some other race souvenir for participating. Being part of the race experience will hopefully get your kids excited about running.

Start a running log with them. A fun way to keep kids excited to keep running is to have them track their distances and add them up. You can help your child track his or her distances in a simple notebook or on the computer. Just write down the date and the estimate of the distance. To keep them motivated, you can have them try to run a specific distance over a period of time, like 3 miles in a month. An added benefit, of course, is that they'll practice math and measuring skills.

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