Do you have a child who loves to run? Right now is a great time to enroll them in an organized running program. Here are some options in our area:

Healthy Kids Running Series
Frisco & Richardson

The Healthy Kids Running Series is a five week running program in the spring and fall for kids from Pre-K to 8th grade. Each Race Series takes place once a week and offers age appropriate running events including the 50 yard dash, the 75 yard dash, the 1/4 mile, the 1/2 mile and the one mile run. Kids compete each week of the Series for a chance to earn points and at the end of the Series the top boy and girl with the most points in their respective age division receive a trophy. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you run because all participants receive a medal and gift bag for their achievements courtesy of our sponsors!

Girls on the Run DFW Metroplex
Several area locations, mostly grades 3-5 (some grades 6-8)
At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

PSA Eagles Track Team
A spring program for ages 5-18

Plano Pacers
The club has over 700 members and is growing! Members include children and seniors, recreational and competitive runners. Plano Pacers is for all ages and ability levels. We meet the last Saturday of each month at the pavillion at Bob Woodruff Park in Plano. Race distances range from 1 mile to 15K. Depending on the month, either one or two distances are available (see schedule). Attendance usually varies from 100 to 300.

Photo: Health Kids Running Series