According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (opens in new tab), individual running events are among the lowest risk sports for students to take part in. And as states loosen Covid-19 restrictions and kids get back to the classroom, gym and track, there's a new free digital toolkit to help coaches and teachers track the progress of students’ physical activity.
Marathon Kids Connect (opens in new tab), from the nonprofit Marathon Kids, is a cloud-based Run Club management platform that provides a digital lap-tracking app along with educational resources and reporting capability. PE teachers scan student runners’ ID cards to upload their lap times and track progress through shareable impact reports. Additionally, online training videos and modules offer learning opportunities for students and coaches.
Kicking off on July 1, Run Club registration is free and not limited to a number of participants. In addition to unlimited Marathon Kids Connect access, each Marathon Kids welcome pack includes group tracking posters, a starter pack of the brand new sticker-based reward system, and online lesson plans for on-campus and at-home learning.
For more information on Marathon Kids and Marathon Kids Connect, visit marathonkids.org/connect.