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04.01.20

Dear Mini Milers families,

We hope you are faring well during these unprecedented times.   

In accordance with all directives from Governor Scott and the Vermont Department of Health, including the dismissal of Vermont schools for the remainder of the school year, the Mini Milers program for 2020 will be cancelled. We are disappointed to take this sad, but necessary step as we all seek to be part of the solution to the current health crisis.  

RunVermont will be issuing refunds to all program registrants within the next two weeks.   

We know these are challenging times and families are adjusting to having kids at home.  To help, RunVermont will be offering Mini Milers programming, at no charge, to anyone who wishes to access the information.  We will be posting a weekly Mini Milers activity sheet.  Simply visit this page and we’ll have a plan available to assist you with some healthy activities to share with your family.  The first plan is shown below. 

Additionally, we have a Facebook group set up for anyone who wishes to share some information or ask questions of our Mini Milers team. Join the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2020minimilers/.  A few of our most dedicated volunteer leaders will be checking in to provide ideas and the benefit of their experience.  We hope that this will help as we keep our kids and families healthy and look ahead to easier times. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email at Michelle@runvermont.org

On behalf of everyone at RunVermont, stay safe.  We look forward to running with you all in the near future. 

Regards, 

Michelle Dow 
Youth Director 

 

Week #1 - Mini Milers - Activity Sheet

 

Lesson Goal: Getting to know your body

Warm Up Activity

  • Let’s get moving! Play a game of Simon Says emphasizing stretching different parts of the body. (i.e. Simon says: reach to the sky, hop in place on two feet, sway in the wind, jumping jacks, arm circles, march like a soldier, etc. - doing each movement for 20-30 seconds)

Main Activity

  • Play a game or two of tag!
  • First run! Show your kid (s) a fun loop around your neighborhood, encourage everyone to stick together on this run and spread yourselves out for safety. Discuss where you can run and where the boundaries are in your area. After the first lap if they are still energetic and focused, allow them to run laps at their own pace. Don’t forget to track how far you ran!

Cool Down

  • Cool down, jog to a nice spot to talk while doing static stretching. Demonstrate proper stretching of various body parts as they copy you. Pick one or more stretches from each major section of the body. Remind them that stretching should not be painful and remember to breathe! Take a look at this website www.verywellfamily.com/simple-kids-stretching-exercises-1257070 for some great ideas on all over body stretching. 20-30 seconds for each stretch is ideal – don't rush it! Stretching is important after your workout!

Discussion Ideas:

  • How do you feel after moving your body?
  • Why do you think it is important to cool down and stretch? Cooling down and stretching at the end of physical activity help to slow heart rate to a normal rate, return breathing to a normal pace, relax the muscles, etc.

Fun Fact: When you walk you use more than 200 muscles!

Healthy Habit Challenge!

  • Muscles need protein and energy to grow strong! Can you eat a small snack and drink a glass of water within 30 minutes after exercise/play? Some suggestions for healthy snacks include:
    • Apple slices with peanut butter
    • Fruit & Nut bar
    • Greek Yogurt
    • Veggies and hummus

For a printable PDF of this activity, click HERE.

 

The Timberlane Dental Mini Milers program is back, allowing individuals, communities and schools to join in the fun for the health of it! While enrolled in the Timberlane Dental Group Mini Milers program children learn about and practice fitness, good nutrition, community service and goal setting, all while having fun and being safe. Children meet weekly with Mini Miler leaders to get motivated, educated and keep track of their progress. In addition to mileage incentives, t-shirt, and medal, participants receive monthly e-letters filled with ideas, fun activities and running stories.

Unsure if your school or area has a group or have questions? Please contact our Director at youth@runvermont.org or call 802-863-8412.

How it Works For Mini Milers Groups:

We provide a Leader Manual with lessons and fun activities, including a Mileage Tracker for each participant.

Groups meet weekly (or twice a week) for an hour at a location to be determined by the Leader(s).

Participants use their Mileage Tracker to chart their fitness miles.

Participants submit miles to their Mini Milers leader.

In addition to mileage incentives, t-shirt, and medal, participants receive monthly e-letters filled with activity ideas, citizenship challenges, and tasty recipes.

Individual groups will celebrate their success at their program site, and each participant will be recognized.

Participants are encouraged to participate in the Timberlane Dental Group Mini Marathon.

How it Works For Individuals:

We provide a Parent Manual with lessons and fun activities, including a Mileage Tracker for each participant.

Participants use their Mileage Tracker to chart their fitness miles.

Participants' parents email RunVermont as benchmarks are met to receive their incentives.

In addition to mileage incentives, t-shirt, and medal, participants receive monthly e-letters.

Participants are encouraged to participate in our Timberlane Dental Mini Marathon.

Dates:

Spring Program: April – June 2020
Spring 2020 Groups begin the first week of April, specific dates determined by Group Leaders at each location. After the registration deadline, participants will receive information via email from their program Leader(s) with pertinent information.

Group Leaders:

RunVermont provides Mini Milers Training for all Group Leaders.

RunVermont requires all coaches to submit to a criminal background check.

To become a leader or find out if your child’s school has a Mini Milers program, please contact our Youth Director at  youth@runvermont.org or call 802-863-8412.

Registration & Cost:

The cost per participant is $35.00. To find out if your child’s school has a Mini Milers program or inquire about leader opportunities email youth@runvermont.org.

 

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