Due to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines aimed at curbing the spread of the virus, after school activities including Kids Run Clubs have been cancelled. Active SWV wants to make sure kids can still have some of the structure and support that being part of a sport provides. To achieve this, Active SWV is launching our Spring 2020 Kids Run Club program – virtual edition!
What does having a ‘Virtual Kids Run Club’ mean?
Here’s the rundown of how the program will work. The Virtual Kids Run Club season will be open from April 13th-May 24th, and ALL kids are invited to participate. Within that time-frame, you will be able to log your activity in an online form, and see what others in your school and community are up to. Participants who regularly participate and log their activity at least once a week will have a participation gift mailed to them once the virtual season is over.
No Kids Run Club season is complete without a season ending Fun Run, and this virtual season is no different! This spring, Active SWV’s Regional Fun Run Event for Kids Run Club participants and community members is going virtual too. The event has a youth 1-mile dash option as well as a community 5k walk/run. All children who sign up for the Virtual Kids Run Club are automatically enrolled in the Fun Run event, and any adult may register for this free event as well. Enrollees will be able to complete their 1-mile or 5k distance at their own pace on their own, and report their activity on an online platform to receive their participation prize.
Awesome! How do I sign up?
Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement including instructions on how to register for the free Virtual Kids Run Club season and the Virtual Regional Fun Run. Active SWV will be launching a Virtual Kids Run Club page with more details, activity resources, and guidelines for people to easily register, get ideas, and log their activity. Be sure to check the Active SWV website, Facebook page, and look for a Facebook event with instructions on how to register.
Active Southern West Virginia urges everyone to do their part by following CDC guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases by maintaining safe distances, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoiding contact with eyes, nose, and mouth, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and most importantly, staying home if sick.
Please note that Active SWV does not encourage gathering in groups to be active, or traveling to high traffic locations for activity. If you do choose to go to a public park or trail to get in some activity for the Virtual Kids Run Club season, please avoid crowded spots and be mindful and respectful of closings at those locations. Please protect yourself and others by following measures that the CDC is recommending to curb the spread of disease.
In the meantime, check out this blog on how to safely keep kids active
Questions about anything Kids Run Club related? Email [email protected] for information.